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Nine Things You Might Like To Know About The Paws Of Thunder

This year will witness the 57th running of the Paws of Thunder, one of the longest-established age classics in New South Wales.

Inaugural Running

The first event took place on 14 December 1957 and was taken out by the Victorian sprinter Idle Sign, trained by Bill Conroy. Idle Sign defeated Strange Guy by three-quarters of a length with Miss Stream third in a fair 32.1 for the 580 yards (530 metres) grass circuit at Wentworth Park.

That first race was marred by the late scratching of the favourite Half Fast -a great name if you think about it, or say it with the right inflection- by order of the stewards. They believed the greyhound was lame, and despite assurances by the owners, Half Fast was scratched. The miffed owners wanted to trial Half Fast after the last to prove he had been fit, but were refused permission, so they drove all night back to Grafton and trialled the dog the next morning. He broke the track record.

Names

The race was known as the NSW St Leger from 1957 until 2000. The last winner of the NSW St Leger was Some Secret. The race has been known as the Paws of Thunder since 2001. The first winner under that name was Suellen Bale. In that year the race was worth $100,000 to the winner.

Distances

From 1957 to 1985 it was run over 580 yards, or 530 metres, on grass at Wentworth Park. With the remodelling of the Glebe track, it was run over 457 metres at Harold Park in 1986 (and won by Memories Gate). From 1987 (won by the first champion of the new course, See Yah) it has been back at Wentworth Park, on grass over 520 metres until 1992 (won by the Victorian Iago) and on loam from 1993 (won by Leon Mal) until the present.

When Is The Race Run

From inception in 1957 to 1999 it was run in either early or mid December. In 2000 it took place in November, then from 2001 to 2011 it was run in October. With a rescheduling to January as of 2013, the event was not held in 2012.

Biggest Winning Margins

This record stands to the credit of 2010 winner Lochinvar Marlow who scored by eight lengths. The 1999 winner and Wentworth Park specialist Stately Bird won by seven and a half lengths while Might Aussie was the best of the winners on the ‘old’ track, scoring by seven lengths in 1975.

Closest Winning Margins

Victorian Leprechaun Pace holds this record, scoring by just half a head from fellow Victorian Shanlyn Prince in 2007. Miss Warcroft downed Victorian star The Stripper by a head in 1963. Five other finals have been won by just a neck: 1969, Beau Brin; 1979, Lord Raleigh; 1990, Dixie Lass; 2002, Modern Assassin; and 2003, Winsome Shot.

Most Successful Trainer/s

Three trainers have managed to win the event twice: John Finn, with Winsome Shot in 2003 and Sheikha in 2013; Don McMillan with Leon Mal in 1993 and former Tasmanian Elle’s Commando in 1997, and Victorian trainer Robert Britton scored with Iago in 1992 and One Tree Hill in 2008.

Some Beaten Stars

Victorian star Tamaroo (second, 1960), Rocket Mac (second, 1961), The Stripper (second, 1963), Roman Earl (second, 1966), Benjamin John (third, 1968), Sammie Sparrow (fifth, 1968), The Smoother (second, 1969), Pied Rebel (third, 1969), Plunder Road (sixth, 1969), Black Diro (third, 1970), Cabernet (third, 1971), Benny McGrath (third, 1972), Woolley Wilson (fifth, 1972), Tegimi (second, 1978), Turbo Top (fourth, 1983), Legendary Kid (second, 1985), Camden’s Ghost (third, 1985), Master Hilo (second, 1989), Valley Mail (third, 1989), Warren’s Flyer (fifth, 1991), Kedo’s Millie (fourth, 1996), Bobniak (second, 1997), Flash Joan (second, 1999), Big Sam Banner (fifth, 2002), Elite State (third, 2003), Sun Hero (third, 2004), Paua To Burn (fifth, 2004), Black Enforcer (fourth, 2005), Betty’s Angel (third, 2007), One Tree Hill (fifth, 2007), Mantra Lad (second, 2008), El Galo (third, 2008), Oaks Road (second, 2011).

Tidbits

Ebony Minda from Tasmania won the second running, in 1958.

Benny McGrath smashed the long-standing track record when he won his semi-final of the St Leger in 1972, but found trouble and finished third to Likely Light in the final. Likely Light had equalled what was then the track record in winning her semi-final earlier in the night.

Sensational New Zealand sprinter Brother Bee was scratched from the 1974 final, and a year later the brilliant Alpha Brava was a late scratching. Call Me Hobbs became the first New Zealander to make the final and actually start, in 1976, running second to Palaver. Waiwera Marika, in 1998, finally notched a win for the Kiwis.

Zoom Top won the 1968 final, trained by Hec Watt. His son, Geoff, trained Busy’s Chief to win the 1974 final, after missing out with Benny McGrath and Woolley Wilson in the 1972 running.

Fine Arama notched its seventh win in just eight starts at Wentworth Park in taking out the 1977 final in race record time.

Promises Free won the 1981 final at only her third race start. She went on to win her first 14 races in succession.

The only dual finalist has been One Tree Hill, fifth in 2007 and the winner in 2008.

Upsets Galore In Paws Of Thunder Heats

Upsets were the order of the night in the Group 1 Centrebet Paws of Thunder series on Saturday at Wentworth Park. The most notable big name to miss the final was Black Magic Opal, who was unplaced in his heat. The fastest heat winner was Veyron Bale for Andrea Dailly.

Heat One

Double Twist (6) vied for favouritism with Victorian Gimme Fuel (1), but it was Double Twist that won that battle and also won the race. Her experience at the track held her in good stead negotiating the first turn at Wentworth Park. She was well away from box six, but Cawbourne Havoc (2) was best away to lead. Evil Punk (4) was also up there early and Double Twist had to settle for third, weaving her way through and managing to remain unchecked around the turn. Gimme Fuel was never in it after missing the start. The Garry Edwards trained Double Twist railed strongly down the back and once she was in front, it was all over. She won by five and three quarter lengths in 29.56 with a flying 11.52 run home.

Heat Two

The first upset of the night happened in is heat when $43.00 chance Manyana Groper finished over the top of lamplighter Pierino to win by three and a half lengths in 29.91. It was the third Wentworth Park win for the Sydney Swain trained chaser and he now finds himself in a Group 1 final. Race favourite Battistuzzi (1) failed to use the inside box and got stuck for room early and couldn’t get into the race. Trapper Jet (8) finished strongly for second with Pierino in third.

Heat Three

The $1.90 favourite Tee Brady (1) also went down in this heat. The Darren Brown trained National Time (7) caused the upset, leading all the way. Darren Brown now finds himself in another Group 1 final for 2014, after he rugged up Group 1 Silver Chief finalist Ride The Rails just a week ago. National Time recorded 30.13 for his first look at Wentworth Park and defeated Evoked (8) and Tee Brady, who filled the minors.

Heat Four

The biggest upset of the night saw Black Magic Opal (6) bomb the start and finish sixth. Best served in the run to the first turn was $17.00 hope Veyron Bale (4) for Andrea Dailly. He flew out and stormed home to record a fast 29.50. The time was always going to be quick as Peter Rocket (2), who was doing all the chasing, couldn’t make ground on Veyron Bale. Ritza Ryder (1) wound up in third.

Heat Five

Phenomenal was scratched from this heat and favouritism fell to Buckle Up Wes (3) who did everything right to score in 29.65 for Tasmanian trainer Edward Medhurst. He recorded a fast early section of 5.34 after battling it to the post the first time with Spud Regis (4). Despite scouting a bit wide negotiating the turn, Buckle Up Wes was able to maintain his lead and win by three and three quarter lengths from the fast finishing Gradence (5). Spud Regis finished third.

Heat Six

Robert Britton completed a perfect night of racing for his team, qualifying Iona Seven (7) for the final. This was always going to be a high class race with Punch One Out (6) resuming and Xylia Allen (4) also featuring. All three bitches got away well, with Punch One Out leading into the turn. Iona Seven crossed hard to the rail rounding the turn and checked Punch One Out while taking the lead. She pinched the race by one and three quarter lengths in 29.62. Punch One Out was second and Xylia Allen third.

Heat Seven

Another heat, another favourite knocked off. Kiss Me Ketut (8), despite beginning well, couldn’t cross the field and was posted wide on the turn. Zipping Logan (2) was best away and led the field down the back. The Steven Collins trained Allen Malik (1) used the rails to his advantage to steer clear of any trouble and went hard in pursuit of Zipping Logan. He rounded Zipping Logan up approaching the final turn and from that point on, drove away for a two and three quarter length win in 29.91. Zipping Logan remained in second and youngster Brooklyn Drive (3) ran home well for third.

Heat Eight

A dominant display from a Mark Gatt trained youngster closed out the final heat. Boyce Road (3) is only 23 months old, but his performance was that of a seasoned performer. Coming into the race the dog had won seven from nine, including two at the track. He wasn’t the best away but was able to stay out of trouble and muster speed. He gathered up leader Ferly Reign (1) coming into the home turn and romped away to win by six and a half lengths in 29.69. Ferly Reign and Glamorous Opal (2) completed the minor placings. Unfortunately, the talented Lady Jasmin (5) went amiss around the turn

The final field and box draw for next Saturday’s final is:

2014 Paws Of Thunder Final Box Draw

  • Box 1 – Veyron Bale (29.50)
  • Box 2 – Manyana Groper (29.91)
  • Box 3 – Double Twist (29.56)
  • Box 4 – Buckle Up Wes (29.65)
  • Box 5 – Allen Malik (29.91)
  • Box 6 – Iona Seven (29.62)
  • Box 7 – National Time (30.13)
  • Box 8 – Boyce Road (29.69)
  • Reserves

  • 1st Reserve – Punch One Out (29.72)
  • 2nd Reserve – Peter Rocket (29.74)


2014 Paws Of Thunder Heats


Gradence Is Mr Consistency

Gradence’s victory on Tuesday night at Gosford in taking out the Gosford Gold Cup consolation, was the 20th win of his career and proved him a model of consistency around the two turn circuits.

The son of Vapour Whirl and Ding’s Rocket demontrsated his trademark style of rounding up his rivals on the home turn to sprint away in a best of the night 29.81.

Making a name for himself as a stayer during the middle months of last year, his greatest achievement over the 720m was a third placing in the $25,000 Sydney Cup at Wentworth Park behind brilliant stayer Lucy Wires.

Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt decided to drop his chaser back to the 500m distances and is reaping the rewards with only two unplacings in his last thirteen starts.

Oaks Road Lodge newest recruit and Gradence’s owner Joseph Scerri, was delighted with Tuesday’s victory, which saw him collect $7,000 for his efforts.

“I was screaming behind the boxes, my heart was pounding. Once he shot clear to second I thought he had a really good chance of winning and I just cheered him all the way.”

It was a successful trip for the team on Tuesday, with Ritza Ryder coming from last in the consolation, to snare third spot for owner-trainer Mark Gatt.

“Daniel (Mark’s brother) handled Ritza Ryder and I handled Gradence, and he ran a super race to come from last and finish third. It was a bit disappointing last week when we went home with nothing, but we were hoping for some luck and it turned out to be a great night.”

Gradence’s next assignment is the Group One Paws of Thunder heats on Saturday night where he will line up against some very talented greyhounds including Spud Regis and Double Trigger in heat five.

“I think he has a chance on Saturday night but he does need room early. He should be coming home at the finish and hopefully that will be enough to get through to the semi-finals.”

Scerri bred Gradence and juggles a part-time job whilst embarking on his newest venture as an assistant at Oaks Road Lodge.

“It was a big decision to cut back to part-time at my current job, but I thought why not you only live once. I am really excited to be working with the Gatt brothers, they are such an amazing family and I’ve learnt so much already.”

Gradence, who turns four in May, now has an impressive prizemoney total of $85,220 next to his name, with the potential to add a further $100,000 from a Paws of Thunder final victory and give Scerri the thrill of a lifetime.

‘Plan B’ Works For Banjo Boy

A ‘Plan B’ is always handy, especially when it lands you the Group 2 Ken Hickey Concreting Cranbourne Cup.

Banjo Boy delivered the goods on Wednesday night in the Cranbourne Cup for trainer Ken Virtue and owner Andrew Varasdi, leading all the way. “The Cranbourne Cup was my ‘Plan B’. Paws of Thunder was ‘Plan A’. Because he was in the final, it was too close from Wednesday to Saturday and to travel in between. So I didn’t enter him for the Paws of Thunder.”

One can only imagine the feeling you get when your dog is in front in a big final. “He must have known he had to begin this night and he certainly did. I’ve never seen him begin like that, he picked a good night to do it. It was a nice feeling. Unless there’s something that produces an exceptional performance, it was over. It’s a lovely way to watch a race.”

After all the dramas before the race with speculation around the spike injury suffered by Banjo Boy, the win was a relief for Virtue. “I was relieved and happy and excited and all the things you would hope to experience when you win a race like this.”

It was also an enjoyable night for Banjo Boy’s owner. “Both the owner and his wife flew down from Sydney for the race. The club put on a terrific night and I think they enjoyed themselves thoroughly. The Cranbourne club did it very well and they looked after the owner and his wife, it was excellent to see.”

The next task for Banjo Boy looks to be the Warragul Cup series, which starts on Sunday, 19 January. “I had originally ruled out the Warragul Cup as I’m not real happy competing against the speed dogs like Paw Licking and Ronan Izmir over 460. How you begin is even more important. Having said that I’ve had a rethink because Warragul’s reasonably close and on his own he’s run quicker then both records over the 400 and 460, I suppose I would be silly not to put him in the race. I probably don’t have to do much with the dog now to get him back to 460. I can just keep him fresh.” After the Warragul Cup, Virtue doesn’t plan on travelling with the dog until the Easter Egg series at Wentworth Park, a track Banjo Boy trialled at a few weeks ago. “I don’t think I’ll be travelling anywhere until the Easter Egg, if the dog’s still in one piece.”

Banjo Boy is a greyhound that displays all the traits of a top class racing animal. “The dog is terrific. He’s not a people dog, he’s a chase dog. A terrific kennel dog. When you put him out for a wee you must be on your guard that there isn’t a rabbit running around. He’s great in his kennel, once he’s outside though he’s looking for anything that’s moving. If you see these sort of characteristics in those sort of dogs, they are focused on what they’ve got to do. It’s almost like it’s inherently bred in them.”

The only way greyhounds can keep winning races is if they are racing at their physical best. Obviously the training plays a very big part but behind every good trainer there’s a great vet and for Banjo Boy, that vet is Barry Heawood, who demonstrates the utmost professionalism and integrity when it comes to treating greyhounds. “A lot of thanks goes to Barry Heawood. He took himself off holidays to look at the dog when he had the problems with the spike wound and X-rayed him last Tuesday. He’s looked after the dog for the 12 months I’ve had him and he’s done a wonderful job. There’s not too many vets that you would have on call like that. He’s also Darren McDonald’s vet and Jason’s (Thomspon) vet. He (Heawood) was in a position where he was checking my dog and if there was anything wrong with me, Phenomenal would have replaced me. He was the vet for both dogs, which was a pretty good test of his integrity, but we all trust him. Barry’s been the vet responsible for keeping this dog on the track.”

After starting favourite in the Cranbourne Cup, Banjo Boy clearly has plenty of supporters. Many will watch with interest to see how the future of this big 35kg white and black chaser by Vee Man Vane-Off Springer progresses and hopefully it’s a future full of continued success.


2014 Cranbourne Cup Final


Saturday, 11 January 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Saturday, 11 January 2014

Race No. 1Sportingbet Summer Distance Plat…7:28 PM
NG event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,550 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CASSAR GIRL455443.17James Vassallo
2BENARKIN1151NBTTony Brett
3WHERE’S KEROMA324342.43Anthony Azzopardi
4MIMICKING531242.94Robert Britton
5LITTLE RUM2335NBTPeter Akers
6DYNA WERRIBEE451342.95Steven Collins
7BORN ALI2281NBTRobert Britton
8SET TO SHINE184342.25Robert Mumford
Race No. 2Sportingbet Summer Distance Plat…7:50 PM
NG event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $8,550 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FREDDY’S SMILE141242.52Toby Weekes
2LUCY WIRES514142.09Robert Britton
3SMART VALENTINO111241.88Mark Swift
4DYNA WILLOW171341.92Steven Collins
6REX BEST4445NBTDavid Jones
7DESTINI FIREBALL232842.41Emilio Rinaldi
8BUDDY RIGHT543142.39Ronald Bell
Race No. 3Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H8:08 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GIMME FUEL823229.64Kelly Bravo
2CAWBOURNE HAVOC218529.73Tracey Bruce
3ROMANTIC AFFAIR233529.70Mario Abela
4EVIL PUNK231829.70James Coyle
5BEN’S HOUSE224130.02Glenda Dart
6DOUBLE TWIST111229.65Garry Edwards
7PRUE BALE5257NBTAndrea Dailly
8KNOT TELLING YA332230.13Marie Burton
9WAYLIN JOY744230.01Paul Bigeni
10HAPPY TOWN563530.33Marie Burton
Race No. 4Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H8:30 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BATTISTUZZI131129.90Edith Hancock
2MANYANA GROPER614430.07Sydney Swain
3DYNA BETH1516NBTAndrea Dailly
4INNOCENT TIL1411NBTJason Thompson
5PIERINO111130.74Glenda Dart
6GAUDI151629.80Steven White
7OSTERIA MOZZA114229.84Christine Oldfield
8TRAPPER JET413629.85Ronald Bell
9RITMAR245730.24Marie Burton
10BRANDED542X30.00James Coyle
Race No. 5Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H8:52 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TEE BRADY223129.93Tom Tzouvelis
2WOODS857730.05Marie Burton
3GENERAL DESTINI721329.71Emilio Rinaldi
4EASTON BALE324430.12Andrea Dailly
5JORDAN ALLEN4241NBTAndrea Dailly
6FANCY PETE631229.94Paul Bigeni
7NATIONAL TIME5681NBTDarren Brown
8EVOKED111529.90Craig Chappelow
9BRANDED542X30.00James Coyle
10RITMAR245730.24Marie Burton
Race No. 6Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H9:08 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RITZA RYDER535329.69Mark Gatt
2PETER ROCKET272429.52Keith Hellmuth
3WHAT FOR261230.04Darren Fisher
4VEYRON BALE611429.65Andrea Dailly
5COSMIC STATION2421NBTDarren Brown
6BLACK MAGIC OPAL112129.77Jason Thompson
7EDGE123629.68Graeme Barnett
8FARMOR LAS VEGAS2153NBTRobert Britton
9RITMAR245730.24Marie Burton
10BRANDED542X30.00James Coyle
Race No. 7Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H9:27 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DOUBLE TRIGGER164729.72Kenneth Burnett
2CAWBOURNE HAWK223830.17Tracey Bruce
3BUCKLE UP WES412129.82Edward Medhurst
4SPUD REGIS413329.69Andrea Dailly
5GRADENCE224129.82Mark Gatt
6KOBI JAY752629.92Ronald Bell
7PHENOMENAL1122NBTJason Thompson
8RETIRING214129.93James White
9HAPPY TOWN563530.33Marie Burton
10WAYLIN JOY744230.01Paul Bigeni
Race No. 8Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H9:50 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA KAYLA5111NBTAndrea Dailly
2HAWK ALONE164729.95Andrea Dailly
3TOMAC BALE5116NBTMark Delbridge
4XYLIA ALLEN141529.47Jenny Hunt
5BELFAST JOHNNY311129.63Troy Vella
6PUNCH ONE OUT116429.27Jason Mackay
7IONA SEVEN126529.94Robert Britton
8GOLD TOWN571429.49Peter Hunt
9HAPPY TOWN563530.33Marie Burton
10WAYLIN JOY744230.01Paul Bigeni
Race No. 9Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H10:12 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN MALIK435429.96Steven Collins
2ZIPPING LOGAN113830.10John Chapman
3BROOKLYN DRIVE141129.79Kristy Sultana
4ZIPPING ZORO121330.06Anthony Callaghan
5OLLIE BALE1211NBTAndrea Dailly
6RIDE THE RAILS1326NBTDarren Brown
7AVONDALE AMOR712330.03Ronald Bell
8KISS ME KETUT7115NBTDavid Burnett
9BRANDED542X30.00James Coyle
10RITMAR245730.24Marie Burton
Race No. 10Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder H10:35 PM
NG event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FERLY REIGN123429.80Anthony Azzopardi
2GLAMOROUS OPAL231330.05Carol Hudson
3BOYCE ROAD113129.88Mark Gatt
4EMPIRE ALLEN3324NBTAndrea Dailly
5LADY JASMIN117129.99Francis Hancock
6WHERE’S WOB283229.59Raymond Webster
7JOHN’S SON761129.59Ronald Bell
8FANCY RHYTHM616730.04Marie Burton
9WAYLIN JOY744230.01Paul Bigeni
10HAPPY TOWN563530.33Marie Burton

Group Performers To Feature in Summer Distance Plate

15 high class stayers will contest the heats of the $40,000 Group 2 Sportingbet Summer Distance Plate on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. These staying heats are the perfect compliment to the eight other races on the card that comprise the Group 1 Paws of Thunder heats.

Heat One (Race 1 at 7:28pm)

Victorian trainer Robert Britton prepares two chasers in this first heat. Born Ali has been racing well of late, with a last start win over the staying trip at Sandown, and prior to that making the Group 1 Sale Cup final. The difficulty for her is the box seven draw as she prefers to be drawn inside. Britton’s other chaser is the veteran Mimicking, who has box four. He gets back in his runs and has won at the track in a moderate 42.94.

Tony Brett has Benarkin engaged in box two. The dog has won six of his last 10 starts and loves an inside draw. His last ten starts have been at Albion Park and this is his first start at the track. Set to Shine was a recent Summer a Cup place getter at Wentworth Park and has done plenty of racing around the circuit. Her best time is 42.25 and she has box eight, a draw from which she has scored three wins and four placings from 11 starts.

Dyna Werribee has box six, not the best draw for the Victorian chaser, but she is more than capable on her day and likely to be up there in the top four at the finish. Where’s Keroma, from box three, looks the best of all the others. He has won at the track in 42.43, but hasn’t won a race since early November. Cassar Girl (box one) and Little Rum (box five) are rising steeply in class and may struggle.

Heat Two (Race 2 at 7:50pm)

This heat is full of group performers with Lucy Wires, Smart Valentino and Dyna Willow all drawn in this heat and all drawn next to each other. Lucy Wires has her favoured box two draw and she has raced well at Wentworth Park, winning the Sydney Cup last year. She has run 42.09 at the track and is obviously one of the main chances. Dyna Willow returns to the scene of her triumph in the Summer Cup. She loves Wentworth Park, winning both times she has visited and running 41.92 on both occasions. She has box four and if she leads, will give Lucy Wires something to chase.

In box three sits Smart Valentino, the 2013 National Distance champion. In recent runs, he has raced over the 520 at Bathurst and 535 at Richmond, winning at Bathurst and placing at Richmond. Over the staying trip at Wentworth Park he has recorded five wins and a best of 41.88. He is a run on dog so will need to position himself well during the run.

Freddy’s Smile is returning from a successful Victorian campaign and has drawn a suitable inside draw. He is yet to win at Wentworth Park from four starts and faces a tough ask against seasoned group performers. Destini Fireball has been a grand campaigner and he lines up from box seven. He hasn’t won since July 2013 but is more than capable of running a cheeky race. Rex Best (box six) and Buddy Right (box eight) will need some luck in order to feature.

The first four place getters from each heat will move through to next Saturday’s final.

Paws Of Thunder Attracts The Stars

The Group 1 Centrebet Paws of Thunder series over the 520 metres at Wentworth Park kicks off on Saturday night with eight star studded fields. The heats will be cut-throat, with only the winner of each heat progressing through to the $100,000 final on Saturday, 18th of January 2014.

Heat One (Race 3 at 8:08pm)

Double Twist will have to contend with box six to continue her affinity with the Wentworth Park circuit. She recently broke the track record at Dapto and has won eight from 18 at Wentworth Park, and placed on seven other occasions. Her best time at the track is 29.65 and she secured an eye catching come from behind win in the Group 3 Christmas Gift back in December. She has won from this box on three occasions and looks the favourite in this heat.

The Victorian chaser Gimme Fuel has box one and has a perfect record from the box. He is only a young dog but has the ability to lead. He has seen Wentworth Park before, winning in October in a time of 29.64. Romantic Affair has never been unplaced at Wentworth Park and has a best of 29.70. She will jump from box three, a draw where she has recorded one win and four placings from five starts. She has failed to begin in her last three runs at Gosford, Richmond and Wentworth Park. She can’t afford to be tardy here.

Cawbourne Havoc in box two has knocked off Double Twist at Wentworth Park recently (late November), recording a best of 29.73 in process. He has plenty of experience at Wentworth Park, winning seven of his twenty starts. The inside draw also suits but he can be risky at box rise. Of the others, Laurels finalist Prue Bale is having her first look at the track and will need to contend with box seven, Ben’s House is a Queenslander jumping from the squeeze box and has run second at his only start at the track, while Evil Punk in box four and Knot Telling Ya in box eight are facing a big rise in class.

Heat Two (Race 4 at 8:30pm)

Battistuzzi debuted impressively at Wentworth Park last week from box two and has box one this week. The Group One Brisbane Cup place getter has been racing in good heart with three wins from his last four starts. He has won 11 from 20 starts and looks one of the main contenders in this heat. Innocent Til contested the Cranbourne Cup Final from box four on Wednesday, running unplaced, and he has that same box here in this heat. He hasn’t raced at Wentworth Park previously but is a good beginner who resides in Jason Thompson’s kennel. He’s won 20 from 33 so is in this with a great chance.

Melbourne Cup place getter Dyna Beth is drawn in the white, a box she has won from on three occasions, but her box manners have been inconsistent lately. She ran sixth in her Cranbourne Cup heat in her most recent run, but prior to that won at The Meadows in 30.15. Pierino is on a winning streak, winning his last four at Albion Park. Good form is winning form but he has the squeeze box. He has led his last four starts and will need to do so here. At his only start at Wentworth Park back in July, he was sixth away and could only manage to finish seventh.

Gaudi failed from box six at Wentworth Park last week and has the same draw here. He is hit and miss when the lids go up but is capable of running time on the bunny, as evidenced by his 29.80 personal best at the track. Manyana Groper (box two), Osteria Mozza (box seven) and Trapper Jet (box eight) will need some luck to adjust to the jump in class.

Heat Three (Race 5 at 8:52pm)

This heat is one of the quieter heats on the card. General Destini has recently contested heats of the Sale Cup and Cranbourne Cup, placing on both occasions but just missing the final. He has box three in this heat and has been beginning well recently. He has been to Wentworth Park previously, placing on two occasions. He has won three and placed three from eight starts from the box. Tee Brady finally cracked a win at Wentworth Park last week after five attempts. He recorded 29.93 from box eight. He moves to box one, which appears to suit as he has two wins from three starts out of the box.

Any dogs trained and owned by the Dailly-Wheeler combination can never be discounted, and two of their dogs line up in this heat. Easton Bale has box four and ran fourth behind Banjo Boy in a recent heat of the Cranbourne Cup. He hasn’t won since early November and hasn’t won from the box, but he has won at Wentworth Park in the past in 30.12. His kennel mate Jordan Allen is drawn next to him in box five. Jordan Allen contested the final of the Cranbourne Cup on Wednesday, finishing at the tail end of the field. The dog won his heat last week and that was his first win since September. He will need some luck to feature.

Fancy Pete (box six) and Evoke (box eight) are both run on dogs that have recorded sub 30 second runs at Wentworth Park. They don’t always show the best early speed, so will need to make their own luck in running. National Time may struggle from box seven at his first took at the track and Woods (box two) has not been racing well enough recently to be considered a chance.

Heat Four (Race 6 at 9:08pm)

The obvious draw card in this heat is Black Magic Opal. The current star of greyhound racing in Australia has drawn box six, but has the early speed to overcome the draw. He has won nine of his last 10 and scorched around The Meadows in 29.73 last week. He has won at the track previously in 29.77 with a flying first section of 5.34 to his credit.

This heat also features recent Group race finalists Peter Rocket (box two) and Farmor Las Vegas (box eight). Peter Rocket’s form has been indifferent of late, but he has run 29.52 at the track from box two and at his best he may lay a challenge for Black Magic Opal in the early stages of the race. Farmor Las Vegas will be having his first race start at the track and has been given no favours with the draw as he has the unenviable task of trying to cross Black Magic Opal from the outside.

Edge (box seven) is a talented Wentworth Park chaser, winning seven from 19 at the track. However, he’s only won one from the box and must also try to cross Black Magic Opal to get into the race. What For (box three) has taken to Wentworth Park well with three wins and three placings from nine starts. He hasn’t managed to break 30, but is a reliable beginner. Veyron Bale hasn’t drawn well in box four and Cosmic Station (box five) is rising in class. The ageing Ritza Ryder has box one, but hasn’t been beginning well in recent times so may not use the box to his advantage.

Heat Five (Race 7 at 9:27pm)

The other chaser on people’s lips, Phenomenal, features in box seven in this heat. He is a recent track record breaker at Horsham and place getter in the Sale Cup. He’s a fast and strong dog who will win this on his ear if he is amongst the leaders early. This is his first start at Wentworth Park. Spud Regis has drawn box four and has been leading in his most recent starts at Sandown and Ballarat, but has been run down on the last two occasions. At his best he recorded a 29.63 here at Wentworth Park from box three and has two wins from four starts at the track. He will need to lead clearly to win.

Tasmanian chaser Buckle Up Wes has been to Wenty on three occasions, scoring twice with a best of 29.82. He loves an inside draw and has box three. He is capable of being in this race for a long way. Retiring is a last start winner at Wentworth Park and handles a wide draw well. He jumps from box eight and may hamper Phenomenal in the early stages.

Gradence hasn’t been beginning well enough of late to overcome box five, but he did win at Gosford on Tuesday night. Double Trigger (box one), Cawbourne Hawk (box two) and Kobi Jay (box six) all have plenty of experience at the track with Double Trigger best served by the inside draw and a personal best of 29.72 at the track.

Heat Six (Race 8 at 9:50pm)

It will be the battle of the bitches in this race, with Xylia Allen (box four) and Wentworth Park track record holder Punch One Out (box six) facing off against each other. Punch One Out hasn’t raced since early November and her Wentworth Park return is keenly anticipated. She recorded her track record run of 29.27 back in March 2013. She has won five from seven at the track and four from eight from the box. Interestingly, Xylia Allen defeated her at her last start in November, which was at Sandown. Xylia Allen had no luck in the Brisbane Cup or in her Cranbourne Cup heat last week, with her tardy box manners letting her down. She has won three from eight at Wentworth Park with a best of 29.47.

Belfast Johnny is drawn between the pair of bitches and has plenty of talent on his side. He has won his last three and won five from eight at the track with a best of 29.63. He’s a pretty reliable beginner so could make things interesting for the two fast girls around him. Dyna Kayla is another chaser that has won her last three. Her last two runs have been over the middle distance at Sandown. She is strong finisher and has box one.

Gold Town has won four at the track, but has box eight and will be hard pressed to cross the field as he is a get back dog. Plenty of luck at the first turn will be needed for him to feature. Tomac Bale has drawn box three and has won two of his last three. He needs to be near the lead to win so will need to begin well. Iona Seven (box seven) and Hawk Alone (box two) are both talented chasers in their own right but will need some luck early.

Heat Seven (Race 9 at 10:12pm)

This heat is littered with chances. Recent Silver Chief winner Ollie Bale arrives at Wentworth Park for the first time and will jump from box five. His last few runs have been very impressive and he has really found some form. His fellow Silver Chief finalist Ride the Rails has box six and is having his first look at Wentworth Park.

Brisbane Cup winner Kiss Me Ketut has box eight. Since his winning run in the Brisbane Cup back in early December, Kiss Me Ketut has had one unplaced run at The Meadows. He has won four from six out wide and has enough early pace to be up there amongst the leaders. Avondale Amor ran third in the Gosford Gold Cup on Tuesday after leading the race for a long way. He is trained by Ron Bell and has three wins at the track for a best of 30.03. He has box seven for this heat.

Brooklyn Drive defeated Double Twist at Wentworth Park last week and has drawn box three. The lightly raced dog has had just 12 career starts for six wins. Four of those wins have been at Wentworth Park. His best time at the track is 29.79. What makes this race tough is that the remaining contenders have all also won at Wentworth Park. Victorian Allen Malik has recorded 29.96 from box one, which he has drawn here. Zipping Logan (box two) has a best of 30.10 and Zipping Zoro’s best is 30.06, but he will need to overcome box four.

Heat Eight (Race 10 at 10:35pm)

The talented Lady Jasmin has drawn box five in the final heat. She has impressed and those with a keen eye have taken notice of her racing ability. She has been plying her trade around northern NSW and Queensland and has won 12 from 16. She made her Wentworth Park debut last week, winning comfortably in 29.99. Her box manners are very reliable and she has good early speed, evidenced by her 5.38 first section last week.

Another young up and comer is drawn in box three. Boyce Road has won seven from nine and has won two at Wentworth Park. His best time to date is 29.88. He can be slow at box rise, but musters pace very quickly. Ferly Reign has drawn box one, but has never won from the box, with nine of his 15 career wins coming from boxes six and eight. His best time of 29.80 was recorded from box eight back in November 2013. He is an honest dog, so expect him to be amongst the placings.

Where’s Wob had his second run back from a spell last week, running second to Lady Jasmin. He has drawn outside her here in box six. He couldn’t cross her last week, so he may have the same trouble here again this time around. John’s Son has won his last two at Wentworth Park, including a win from box seven, the box he has drawn here. He has recorded a flying 29.56 at the track, but that was back in January last year.

Empire Allen ran fourth in the Silver Chief final and has box four. He can show early speed and is having his first look at the track. Fancy Rhythm is a 30.04 winner here at the track, but has box eight, a box he has failed to win from. Glamorous Opal, starting from box two, has five career wins from 28 starts and this will be a test for her.

With just one final spot up for grabs from each heat, no greyhound can afford to make a mistake. It will be a top night of racing at Wentworth Park, so be sure to tune in.

Saturday, 4 January 2014


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Saturday, 4 January 2014

Race No. 1Petsnacks Stakes7:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1GEE EYE MIAGI174529.94Chris Van Vegchel
2BROOKLYN HOPE251430.24Timothy Caines
3UNORTHODOX785730.25Doreen Drynan
4BOOZE HOUND712330.11Denice Warren
5LACHLAN BOMBER727629.92Raymond Webster
6ANOTHER CALL758430.15Jodie Lord
7MAGIC SANTANA461730.20Christos Arletos
8PRINCESS ALYSSA111230.16Norm Becroft
9STARBURST TERRY686430.52Stuart Barron
Race No. 2Aaa Radiator Specialists Stakes7:50 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JAMILA FLEX335330.25Sean Bannerman
2HERE’S ROARY854330.51Ronald Alcock
3PRINCE ZAMUNDA153430.19Marien Sullivan
4COSMO JARVIS611130.27Grant Miller
5HAPPY TOWN556330.33Marie Burton
6STEALIN’ KRUNCH417230.44Darren Sultana
7RITMAR324530.24Marie Burton
8ENVY523530.13Peter Tobin
9STARBURST TERRY686430.52Stuart Barron
Race No. 3Shane Rennie Sweet Dude Stakes8:07 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALL ONE SIZE127630.56Anthony Azzopardi
2WATTA JACKPOT4315NBTRobert Cooke
3HABANA FLEX4623NBTMargaret Bannerman
4TORNADO GROVE157630.57John Stewart
5HIDDEN DANGER552229.93Kristy Sultana
6NUMBER KRUNCH327430.28Darren Sultana
7HURRICANE RINO222230.18Anthony Azzopardi
8PACKING KRUNCH546730.67Darren Sultana
9STARBURST TERRY686430.52Stuart Barron
Race No. 4Schweppes Solo Stakes8:28 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FANCY RHYTHM361630.04Marie Burton
2CAWBOURNE LIBBY637230.21Jodie Lord
3MASSIVE MERV336530.23John Callaughan
4YOU NAME ME162529.92Denice Warren
5CAWBOURNE HAWK122330.17Tracey Bruce
6PERMANENT GUEST584330.01Stuart Hazlett
7RED REPLICA474330.27Stuart Hazlett
8AY GRADE211429.95Denice Warren
9STARBURST TERRY686430.52Stuart Barron
Race No. 5Greyhound Recorder Stayers Serie…8:50 PM
5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,325 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,285 2nd: $1,360 3rd: $680.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ARGO ALLEY4344NBTRuth Matic
2BETTER AGREE5352NBTChristine Mackenzie
3MISS FICTION123842.87Ivan Hanna
4WING IT APPEAL656243.56Arthur Armstrong
5BLOSSOM DIOR432142.77Lorraine Atchison
6SOUTHERN MASTER478343.25Joseph Satti
7C’MON CINDY464843.12Terrence Stewart
8BILLY HOOPER2671NBTNeville Brown
9LAURIE’S LEE7185NBTSimon Ma
Race No. 6Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Prel…9:07 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPY CHICKI326230.01Christine Proctor
2BATTISTUZZI8131NBTEdith Hancock
3WOODS285730.05Marie Burton
4PUMPED UP ZARR235630.13Colin Miller
5BRABHAM212330.21Steven White
6CLAIR VISION113230.30Laurence Duncan
7CRACKING CHAIN236229.97Kristy Sultana
8GLAMOROUS OPAL223130.05Carol Hudson
9HURRICANE RINO222230.18Anthony Azzopardi
10HERE’S ROARY854330.51Ronald Alcock
Race No. 7Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Prel…9:30 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LADY JASMIN2117NBTFrancis Hancock
2WHERE’S WOB228329.59Raymond Webster
3YOGI BLUE1411NBTPeter O’reilly
4PREMIER MOZZ558330.01Kristy Sultana
5CASH WILL DO3821NBTRobert Cooke
6TOPPER HARLEY318129.95Anthony Azzopardi
7BESSY BOO114130.31Christine Proctor
8HERE’S SKEETA233230.35Ronald Alcock
9GOTTA WANT IT423330.82Raymond Hindmarsh
10ENVY523530.13Peter Tobin
Race No. 8Macro Meats Gourmet Game Stakes9:52 PM
FFA event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BETWEEN WICKETS313529.97Alan Campbell
2SHERWOOD FLEX225430.05Margaret Bannerman
3ZIPPING ZORO212130.06Anthony Callaghan
4TRICKY JADE811329.56Jason Mackay
5CAWBOURNE LEXUS316630.16Jodie Lord
6GAUDI115129.80Steven White
7DOUBLE TWIST211129.65Garry Edwards
8BROOKLYN DRIVE214129.89Kristy Sultana
Race No. 9Www.wentworthpark.com.au 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

1DIEGO SPRITE263430.51Christos Arletos
2PETTIGO PEPPER182631.04Ron Herbert
3CAWBOURNE POWER233430.15Jodie Lord
4MAYBE WON433730.57Stuart Hazlett
5EL TRAIN781731.04Dean Maniaci
6KRUNCH BUST771630.90Darren Sultana
7USAINE8517NBTMargaret Bannerman
8BLACK DADDY282330.78Kenneth Staines
9STARBURST TERRY686430.52Stuart Barron
Race No. 10Betfair Stakes10:35 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1THREE RIVERS2121NBTWayne Sugars
2WONG VALLEY6551NBTRobert Macmurray
3KARA FLEX4465NBTMargaret Bannerman
4JIMMY DA GENIUS513731.67Darren Sultana
5HURRICANE BECCY787530.83Peter Tobin
6MISS ILE7767NBTMatthew Sultana
7MIRROR MAN MITCH556230.85Bradley Barber
8GOTTA WANT IT423330.82Raymond Hindmarsh
9STARBURST TERRY686430.52Stuart Barron

Saturday, 28 December 2013


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Saturday, 28 December 2013

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

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BOMB DISPOSAL245330.11Neil Staines
2JIMMY FLY HIGH647629.99Amy Bennett
3ZIPPY CHICKI432630.01Christine Proctor
4HURRICANE SURRY556230.12Ruth Matic
6CREEPY COUPE132530.26Adam Wade
7MISS CHICKI525230.25Christine Proctor
8PACKING KRUNCH254630.67Darren Sultana
Race No. 2Lawrence Makes It To 30 Cup7:52 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BILLY STYLE466230.83Christine Proctor
2BUDGIE’S LIGHT325330.57Neil Staines
3PETTIGO PEPPER8318NBTRon Herbert
4MIRROR MAN MITCH355630.85Bradley Barber
5MAYBE WON243330.57Stuart Hazlett
6CAWBOURNE ARROW556630.73Jodie Lord
7HYPERPARADISE153530.81Kristy Sultana
8VIBRANT725330.28Peter Sims
Race No. 3Find Us On Facebook 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

1RITZA RAIDER1231NBTMark Gatt
2VAN CARRHO FLASH265129.99Lisa Mcfarlane
3HANDY NANDY422730.77Jodie Lord
4HIDDEN DANGER455229.93Kristy Sultana
5CAWBOURNE POWER623330.15Jodie Lord
6CAWBOURNE BUGSY337430.18Jodie Lord
7NAGINI2612NBTRonald Bell
8JEBRYNAH GLORY1226NBTRuth Matic
Race No. 4Greyhoundproductsdirect.com.au S…8:30 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TRICKY BUSINESS783229.99Jeffrey Mooney
2CAWBOURNE TOP385729.91Jodie Lord
3KOBI JAY137529.92Ronald Bell
4WELDEN FLASH665629.97Shayne Fleming
6EVOKED421130.09Craig Chappelow
7YOU NAME ME816229.92Denice Warren
8PERMANENT GUEST258430.01Stuart Hazlett
Race No. 5Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Prel…8:52 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LITTLE RUM622329.97Peter Akers
2BIT ELITE532230.09Zadia Smith
3LITTLE ELSIE131230.17Amy Bennett
4KNOT TELLING YA143330.14Marie Burton
5HAYDEN HAIR642330.25Peter Quinton
6DEVINE AWE842230.44Patrick Parrelli
7MAGIC MUZZLE853430.20Jason Mackay
8TEE BRADY222330.01Tom Tzouvelis
9MAYBE WON243330.57Stuart Hazlett
10VIBRANT725330.28Peter Sims
Race No. 6Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Prel…9:10 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HERE’S MORGY121730.35Craig Sheridan
2RED ROAD111129.80Mark Gatt
3PRINCE ZAMUNDA415330.19Marien Sullivan
4FANCY RHYTHM242330.18Marie Burton
5PRINCESS ALYSSA511130.16Norm Becroft
6WHERE’S WOB222829.59Raymond Webster
7RITMAR253230.24Marie Burton
8HAYDE AND JASE211730.39Peter Quinton
9CREEPY COUPE132530.26Adam Wade
10BOMB DISPOSAL245330.11Neil Staines
Race No. 7Betfair Blue Paws F9:28 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CLOUD TEN523130.31Anthony Duggan
2RUBY DANCER141129.89Christopher Eveleigh
3EARTH SHAKES135130.41Sam Simonetta
4CAWBOURNE COBRA112230.43Jodie Lord
5KOOL ICE MAGIC342229.99Susan Sands
6FANCY PETE663129.94Paul Bigeni
7BROOKLYN HOPE125130.24Timothy Caines
8TRICKY APRIL554130.16Peter Sims
9DEVINE AWE842230.44Patrick Parrelli
10TEDDIE BOY336229.93Mark Arncliffe
Race No. 8Schweppes Solo Stakes9:49 PM
3/4 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $7,775 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WHAT FOR126130.09Jason Fletcher
2BROOKLYN DRIVE621429.89Kristy Sultana
3LEFT FIELD686329.97John Harris
4BETWEEN WICKETS531329.97Alan Campbell
5ROCK PEPPER133829.83Kenneth Staines
6TRICKY JADE181129.56Jason Mackay
7WATTO LOTTO453429.73John Callaughan
8CAWBOURNE LEXUS731630.16Jodie Lord
Race No. 9Safe Travels 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

1MASSIVE MERV133630.23John Callaughan
2RED REPLICA547430.27Stuart Hazlett
3AVONDALE AMOR322730.03Ronald Bell
4SPIRITED JOURNEY575230.29Lisa Mcfarlane
6WAYLIN JOY357430.01Paul Bigeni
7AY GRADE232129.95Denice Warren
8FANCY FICELLE743530.23Christine Proctor
Race No. 10Happy New Year Stakes10:35 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PERFECTED633530.12Christine Proctor
2ANOTHER CALL375830.15Jodie Lord
3UNO KEE446430.21Jodie Lord
4CAWBOURNE BRODIE622429.95Jodie Lord
6STEALIN’ KRUNCH341730.54Darren Sultana
7LACHLAN BOMBER172729.92Sharron Webster
8BOOZE HOUND217130.11Denice Warren

Saturday, 21 December 2013


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Saturday, 21 December 2013

Race No. 1Www.wentworthpark.com.au Stks7:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RHUMBAR YAH263130.31Mary Wright
2BILLY STYLE346630.83Christine Proctor
3FINAL CHANCE474431.03James Vassallo
4BUCKLED656830.71Jodie Lord
5UNO NORRIS2441NBTRodney Oakman
6BIG HOFF74X2NBTLuke Azzopardi
7GIBBONATOR715530.43Hagob Tatian
8CHARLM SPIRIT237430.44Richard Muscat
Race No. 2Betfair Stks7:50 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HURRICANE SURRY855630.12Ruth Matic
2GOT CHILLS328130.38John Attard
3AVONDALE ZENA123330.09Ronald Bell
4BELLA ROC744130.70Lewis Galea
5PRINCE ZAMUNDA241530.19Marien Sullivan
6HERE’S ROARY318530.51Ronald Alcock
7MAJOR MOVO611330.64Glen Ginn
8DREAMSICLE533530.17Christine Proctor
Race No. 3Find Us On Facebook Stks8:08 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LITTLE RUM462229.97Peter Akers
2SANJUAN SLIM617830.08Daniel Flanagan
3BIT ELITE453230.09Zadia Smith
4PRINCE TANGA433430.16Maureen Sharman
5CHARLM ROAD682330.11Richard Muscat
6FANCY FICELLE274330.23Christine Proctor
7HAYDEN HAIR264230.31Peter Quinton
8RETIRING262230.02James White
Race No. 4Aaa Radiator Specialists Stks8:28 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ANOTHER CALL637530.15Jodie Lord
2SUPER SIMBI111429.88Christine Proctor
3PERFECTED763330.12Christine Proctor
4MANYANA GROPER162330.07Sydney Swain
5LITTLE ELSIE113130.37Amy Bennett
6UNO KEE244630.21Jodie Lord
7OSTERIA MOZZA413129.84Christine Oldfield
8WHERE’S KEROMA158429.69Anthony Azzopardi
Race No. 5Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Prel…8:52 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ELECTRO STORM412829.69Majella Ferguson
2ZIPPING ZORO521230.08Anthony Callaghan
3RUFFONIC231430.17Kristy Sultana
4TOPPER HARLEY613129.95Anthony Azzopardi
5MASSIVE MERV113330.23John Callaughan
6KOBI JAY413729.92Ronald Bell
7GRADENCE113229.82Mark Gatt
8HAYDE AND JASE621130.39Peter Quinton
9HAYDEN HAIR264230.31Peter Quinton
10RED ROAD1111NBTMark Gatt
Race No. 6Sportingbet Paws Of Thunder Prel…9:08 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1INVICTIVE114730.05Jason Magri
2BOYCE ROAD1111NBTMark Gatt
3KNOCKA’S RETURN132129.82Mark Wilcox
4LANI BANARNI214130.22Charlie Gatt
5ASHA TANGA323129.83Maureen Sharman
6BROOKLYN DRIVE162129.89Kristy Sultana
7AVONDALE AMOR432230.03Ronald Bell
8SATCHMO’S HANKY852630.07Benjamin Mccauley
9AVONDALE ZENA123330.09Ronald Bell
10PRINCE TANGA433430.16Maureen Sharman
Race No. 7Macro Meats Stayers Final Distan…9:27 PM
5 event over 720 metres at Wentworth park Of $10,550 Prizemoney.
1st: $8,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CASSAR GIRL534443.17James Vassallo
2MY FRIEND MITCH382342.70Adele Powell
3BELLA MEL161243.14Dale Hall
4MISS FICTION535142.87Ivan Hanna
5OUR ALBY676143.04Norm Becroft
6PROVEN POLKA533342.64Preston Rowles
7SOUTHERN MASTER353443.25Joseph Satti
8WHIP COOL413243.03Michael Clayton
9WING IT APPEAL136543.56Arthur Armstrong
10LADY ANGELA4X8643.59Paul Abdallah
Race No. 8Schweppes Solo Stks9:50 PM
4/5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,670 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,650 2nd: $1,350 3rd: $670.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE TOP738529.91Jodie Lord
2WHAT FOR112630.09Jason Fletcher
3MAGIC MOVES671829.87Anthony Messina
4CAWBOURNE HAWK612230.17Tracey Bruce
5CAWBOURNE BRODIE762229.95Jodie Lord
6SMASHING SALLY461630.16Neil Falk
7DYNAMITE CHARLM518529.87Richard Muscat
8TRICKY BUSINESS778329.99Jeffrey Mooney
Race No. 9Safe Travels Stks10:12 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HURRICANE RINO377230.22Anthony Azzopardi
2ALL ONE SIZE127630.56Anthony Azzopardi
3CAWBOURNE POWER762330.15Jodie Lord
4CAWBOURNE NITRO435430.39Jodie Lord
5WHAT A PLAYER432730.24Frederick Goodall
6ZIPPY CHICKI243230.01Christine Proctor
7CREEPY COUPE613230.26Adam Wade
8CAWBOURNE BUGSY233730.18Jodie Lord
Race No. 10Merry Christmas Stks10:35 PM
5 event over 520 metres at Wentworth park Of $6,205 Prizemoney.
1st: $4,350 2nd: $1,235 3rd: $620.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RED ROAD1111NBTMark Gatt
2TARZAN LUKE323530.23Ruth Matic
3CHARLM WISH573330.52Richard Muscat
4HANDY NANDY542230.77Jodie Lord
5FANTASTIC FORCE245530.91Jason Fletcher
6HERE’S SKEETA812330.50Ronald Alcock
7CAWBOURNE ARROW655630.73Jodie Lord
8HIDDEN DANGER445530.30Kristy Sultana

Garry Edwards’ Double Christmas Gift

Double Twist is now a serious contender to take out ‘run of the year’ for 2013, after a sensational come-from-behind victory in Saturday night’s Group Three RIP John Stollery Christmas Gift final at Wentworth Park.

Exiting from box five, Double Twist found trouble early on and was soon pushed to the back of the field. Graeme Barnett’s Edge, an extremely consistent beginner, headed the field into the back straight and looked the winner turning for home, until Double Twist finally got some room to move and charged home to score by a neck in 29.87.

Nowra Hill trainer Garry Edwards was stunned with the performance of Double Twist, that gave him a perfect ending to his year, bringing up his 21st win for 2013.

“It was unbelievable. Once they got to the first turn and she was back that far I thought, oh well, at least she made the final. Then going into the back when she made her way through the field I thought, oh this is great, she will run a place. When she came past me turning for home and was running second I thought she was a chance, but I know how strong Edge is and I was so excited when she got him on the line.”

The daughter of Where’s Pedro-Tifi has become the latest superstar in New South Wales greyhound racing with her incredible finishes and bursts of speed that left everyone speechless on Saturday night.

“I was a bit speechless afterwards, I couldn’t believe it. I clocked her run home to be breaking 11.50, which is amazing.”

Edwards now plans to keep his star chaser fresh heading into 2014, with the Group One Paws of Thunder series in January on the agenda.

“She is good enough to go into a race like that, but it’s very hard because you have so many good dogs coming up from Victoria, which makes it so competitive.”

“I’ll give her a week off now and then trial up the straight. I’d like to take her somewhere different and give her a post to post. I like to give her variety.”

Double Twist now has nineteen wins to her name from just thirty-five starts and has earned $110,785 in prizemoney thus far.

Saturday night’s epic win for trainer Garry Edwards is seemingly only the beginning for this rising star, who acquired many adoring followers from a performance that will be replayed many times over.

Gatt’s On The Road To Glory

Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt is experiencing a glorious run at present with his greyhounds, securing another feature event last Saturday night, taking out the Globe Memorial Maiden and collecting $15,000 for his efforts.

Gatt has joined forces once again with Oaks Road owner Edwin Kingswell, to unleash a highly talented litter, already showing plenty of promise after just a few race starts.

Red Road was most impressive throughout the Maiden series and saluted in fine style on Saturday, clocking a speedy 30.58 from box two. Even more astonishing is the greyhound was not 100% and still managed to blow his rivals away.

‘I had a virus that went through my kennel so all my dogs weren’t completely right’ said Gatt.

‘I knew Red Road was my best chance in the final so I was just hoping he would get through it ok and he still ran a great time considering’.

Impeccably bred by Collision out of Mystic Pace, an unraced sister to Oaks Road by Spiral Nikita out of Leprechaun Pace, these regal bloodlines have produced once again and will be highly sought after in the years to come.

Red Road was immediately labelled the next superstar of racing, after clocking a near-record 30.22 run on debut at Richmond over the 535m. Since then his only suffered defeat once in three starts and the anticipation now builds towards his Wentworth Park debut in the near future.

‘They’re all pretty much on the same level, but Red Road is just a complete professional and does everything right, but I’m really happy with all of them.’

‘Plans for them next are just to work through the grades and give them some experience at other tracks.’

‘A race like the Group One National Derby at Unitbet Gardens early next year will be a target. I really think that track will suit him (Red Road)’.

Gatt’s own bred chaser Ritza Raider, ran a gallant third in the final behind his kennel mate and comes from a brilliant Bombastic Shiraz x Midnight Flare litter, consisting of Nowra Puppy Classic winner Ritza Hattie.

Also turning heads was litter brother Boyce Road, who stepped out in race 5 and dominated from box four, clocking a flying best of the night time of 30.48.

On a side note, Gatt’s Group winning flyer Ritza Ryder, returns to Maitland this Thursday afternoon over the 450m after a 6 month hiatus and is expected to perform well at the ripe old age of 4 years old.

‘Honestly his going better than ever. I know his over 4 years old now but if he gets a bit of room on Thursday, I’m expecting him to go well’.

Ritza Ryder comes from Midnight Flare’s first litter to Where’s Pedro and has won 19 races in his career, including the 2012 Group Three Bulli Gold Cup, Group Three ‘Ambrosoli’ and was a finalist in this year’s Group One Paws of Thunder final at Wentworth Park.

With a kennel in white-hot form, expect to see Gatt’s name next to plenty of winners and Group winners in the coming months, as he becomes a force to be reckoned with in New South Wales.

This Week In Greyhound Racing History

OCTOBER 1st – 7th

1st
Champion stayers Kirsty’s Charity and Whip Tip ran first and second in the Sydney Cup final. Trained by Harry Sarkis, Kirsty’s Charity ran a brilliant 42.27 to set a race record which stood until the grass surface was replaced by loam a few years later.

The 1994 National Sprint Championship final was held at Wentworth Park and won by local hope Gallant Ruler who scored by a record winning margin of 12 lengths from Kyasha (Victoria) and Fear None (South Australia). It was also the last time a National Sprint Championship final took place in October.

2nd
Super sprinter Macareena scored a sensational eight lengths win over 580 yards (530 metres) at Wentworth Park downing classy greyhounds such as Majortel and Rua Lad in a solid 31.7.

Irreplaceable annexed the 2008 South Australian Oaks with a stunning seven lengths victory at Angle Park for trainer Majella Ferguson.

3rd
Pinkstone narrowly won the 1964 Sydney Cup final. Goldent, who had won her previous seven successive distance starts, finished a three and a half lengths third after being skittled early.

Sonic Wave, a former Victorian, took out the first running of the Sydney Cup on the newly-remodelled Wentworth Park track. Although still run on grass, the race was now contested over 720 metres.

Local star Miss Cruise took out the 1994 National Distance Championship, run at Wentworth Park, downing South Australian Tilka Lass by three-quarters of a length.

4th
One Tree Hill peaked at just the right time to take out the 2008 Paws of Thunder final and give Victorian-trained greyhounds their fourth successive victory in the race. For the second consecutive year Victorian-trained sprinters took all three placings with Mantra Lad second and race favourite El Galo third. One Tree Hill was trained by Victorian mentor Robert Britton but had begun racing in New South Wales and was having her 24th start at Wentworth Park.

5th
Tired won the 1949 Lincoln Stakes, run over 500 yards (457 metres) at Harold Park, earning £285 ($570) for his connections. Among the unplaced division were Dream’s Image (fifth) and Erin’s Ace (seventh). On the same evening, Valley Ann won the prestigious October Stakes.

Mr Slick, representing Victoria, won the 1992 National Sprint Championship. The final was conducted for what would be the last time at the Olympic Park circuit.

Gold Star Lass defeated the up-and-coming Busy’s Chief (a son of former track stars Benjamin John and Busy’s Charm, the litter sister to the great Zoom Top) by three lengths in the 1974 Casino Cup.

6th
The Appin straight track opened in 1975. A crowd of 12,000 was on hand to witness the day’s racing. Flaming John had the honour of winning the first race.

Painted Wish defeated Silent Assassin and Malawi Law in the 1995 Geelong Cup final, earning $12,500 prize money.

Leprechaun Pace took out the 2007 Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park in a race completely dominated by Victorian greyhounds. Shanlyn Prince, Betty’s Angel (a litter sister to the winner), and Meticulous, all Victorians, finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Miagi broke the 720-metre track record with a 42.03 victory in the 2007 Sydney Cup final, defeating Queensland star Miss Brooks by just over nine lengths.

7th
Casino Tom, the South Australian representative, won the 1993 National Sprint Championship on his home track at Angle Park. In a close finish, Casino Tom downed Victorian Amy’s Doll by half a length with NSW contender Ben’s Image a half length away third.

Quidame took out the final of the Sydney Cup to join Trojan Tears, Kobble Creek, and Distinctive as the Queenslander’s who have taken out the long-standing distance classic.

Meticulous Lodge Mourn Their Most Prized Portrait

Heartache surged through Meticulous Lodge this week with the tragic passing of their group winning race bitch and prolific producer Dance Portrait. The stunning black bitch has left her mark on the breeding industry as the dam of multiple group one winner Meticulous amongst a collection of quality chasers.

Dance Portrait was bred by Karen Leek and was born on the 2nd April 2001. The daughter of Bobniak and Lovely Portrait was one in a litter of six that included Disasterous, Golden Portrait, Miss Amberbee, Miss Bindilee and Samson. Dance Portrait or Mischief as she was affectionately known was purchased by respected owner, trainer and breeder Paul Westerveld and was trained throughout her racing career by leading Western Australian mentor Linda Britton.

“I brought her as a pup with a friend and she showed potential. We sent her over to be trained by Linda Britton and Linda did an unbelievable job with her”, Westerveld said

Dance Portrait was an exceptional bitch on the racetrack facing the starter on twenty seven occasions from which she managed to triumph on thirteen occasions with three seconds and two thirds and $82,585 in prizemoney. Despite only being lightly raced, Dance Portrait was able to experience the glitz and glam of group race glory on two occasions both in the 2003 group one Laurels at Sandown Park where she defeated the sensational brood bitch Leprachaun Yap and the 2003 group two WA Oaks at Cannington.

Astoundingly, unlike many top race bitches, Dance Portrait was able to produce excellent results in the breeding barn highlighted by her fantastic son Meticulous.

Meticulous was from Dance Portrait’s first litter to champion sire Brett Lee and had thirty six starts for sixteen wins and eleven minors with his standout wins being in the 2007 group one Topgun, 2007 group one Silver Chief and the 2007 group two Traralgon Cup whilst he came third in the 2007 group one Winter Cup and made the finals of the 2007 group one Paws of Thunder and the 2007 group two Temlee.

Since retiring to stud Meticulous has proven to be a sire of some nice greyhounds himself and in fact this Friday night, his son Yoda Bale will be hoping to emulate his father’s victory in the group two Traralgon Cup when he lines up from box one in the $42,000 to the winner final. Trained by Andrea Dailly, the Wheeler owned greyhound will start at long odds however it is not unlike the conquering partnership to land a feature winner at a big price.

In all, Dance Portrait had four litters; a 2004 litter to Brett Lee, a 2005 litter to Token Prince, a 2006 litter to Black Shiraz and a 2008 litter to Path To Power. Whilst none of her other pups reached the top level of Meticulous, they showed plenty of talent on the track in their own rights. Most prominent were Candy Can (xBlack Shiraz) 34:12-7-3, Tiesto (x Brett Lee) 47: 17-6-10, Fashion Model (x Token Prince) 15: 3-3-3 and Real Fire Power (x Path to Power) 46:8-4-6

It is also notable that Dance Portrait’s daughters are now starting to throw on some speedy chasers themselves. The unraced Dance Token has produced multiple group finalists from her first litter to Bond alone including Dawbilows Heaven, Licence to Dance, and Tread Lightly

Since her final litter, Dance Portrait had lived the life of luxury at Westerveld’s property joining former producers Witch Magic, Magic Trance and Runway Model as much loved family pets, with Westerveld enforcing the impact she had.

“She gave us a big thrill on the racetrack and in the breeding barn but not only was she a great race dog and producer but she was also a real character”.

“She was actually called Mischief by the lady that bred her because she was always into trouble. She used to carry all her bowls around and knock her water bowl off the fence”.

Her sudden passing this week will leave an absence in the hearts of many, with both her efforts on the racetrack and achievements as a dam hard to top yet as a companion to the Westerveld family she will be irreplaceable.

“She was one of the best pets and like a part of the furniture around here. I know greyhounds have kind temperaments but she was just beautiful and really stood out as her own special character”, Westerveld recalled.

There is no doubt the 29 kilogram black bitch had an immense impact on Westerveld’s involvement within the industry, and with her daughters turning into handy little broodbitches and her super son Meticulous still standing at stud it is certain that her legacy will live on for many years to come.

It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them, and every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are. – Anonymous

Rest In Peace – Mischief

Expect No Mercy From Scullys’ Rising Star

Hunter Valley trainer Raymond Scully has burst into the spotlight in recent times, with the aptly named; Expect No Mercy. Setting the Maitland circuit alight at his past two outings, the son of Cosmic Rumble and Grace Lightning has recorded some electrifying times including a 22.19 (0.08 outside the track record) personal best with a low-flying run home sectional of 6.51.

As with every feel-good story, Scully stumbled across the dog better known as ‘Ty’ whilst winning his maiden at Appin in a respectable 16.14 for owner/trainer Simon Gafa. As Scully explains, from the moment he saw the promising youngster, he wanted to secure his future at the sales reps’ Weston kennels.

‘I was really impressed with what I saw at Appin. I said to Simon, can I take him home? He thought about it and then agreed to let me take him. As you do with most dogs he had a few niggling injuries along the way and once I put some more weight on him, his racing so consistent now’

As expected, Scully is delighted with the time standard his charge is setting, with the prospect of a two turn debut just around the corner.

‘He never broke 23.30 in a trial but his improved out of sight with every run and it’s definitely showing now. I honestly thought he run around 22.5 the other week and when they put up 22.19 it was an unbelievable feeling!’ said an elated Scully.

Expect No Mercy will line up again this week at Maitland in the Lochinvar Pet Motel Final over the 400m. Coming up with what can be an awkward draw for some, Scully has full faith in his brilliant sprinter to make it three on the trot and notch up his 5th win from what will be just his 10th start.

‘He’s only drawn inside box four once in ten starts. Box seven won’t worry him at all, especially with the way his beginning it couldn’t be more pleasing. His got a beautiful personality; he just wants to lick you all the time it shows how happy he is and it shows on the track’ added Scully.

Scully’s other greyhound Feel The Chill, cracked his maiden victory at Unibet Gardens last Friday in a solid run of 22.97 over the 400m. Daughter Jessica was elated to have boxed her first winner for her dad, with the replay having been repeated many times already on the household television.

Scully and his family have two exciting up-and-comers in their kennels with two pups by Aston Galilee out of Larkhill Lee, whose dam Sensation Lee is responsible for ;2010 Group One Paws of Thunder winner and current boom sire Lochinvar Marlow, 2010 Group Two Wentworth Park Gold Cup winner Lochinvar Vogue and 2012 Group One Silver Chief hero Godsend. Both are progressing with glowing reports and may continue the dynasty that Expect No Mercy has established for this greatly respected family.

As with every great man, behind him is a great woman and Scully attributes much of his success to wife Jenny and their two doting children; Jessica and Jy, who is a popular kennel hand around the Hunter Valley area and is soon to follow in his dads’ footsteps by attaining his owner/trainer licence in the near future.

Silver Cassie, who ran third in the 1994 Golden Easter Egg final, is the greyhound that Scully regards as his best to date and rightly so, with a magnificent race record of 25 wins from just 50 starts that includes a spectacular 12 best of the night efforts.
The daughter of Curryhill Brute and Silver Slipper comes from an extremely gifted bloodline that produced 1993 Melbourne Cup hero Silver Chisel, who went on to be a huge success at stud during the 90’s, producing; Winged Runner (1999 Group One Nutrience Cup winner and 2000 Queensland Greyhound of the Year) and Bolt Of Silver (2000 Group Three Christmas Gift Final).

Silver Cassie was no slouch in adding an array of trophies from across New South Wales to the mantelpiece with superb victories in claiming the Richmond Oaks, Nowra Cup and Maitland Easter Cup, along with being a record holder at the old Newcastle track, famously known as Beaumont Park.

‘She was incredible. Her speed was amazing and she has been my best dog by far. She led in the Easter Egg and unfortunately got run down by the favourite but it was my biggest highlight in racing to be a placegetter in a race like that.’ Said a proud Scully, with his voice radiating the sentiment that this little greyhound brought himself and his family.

For Ray and his family, who have always been battlers of the greyhound racing game, working by day to keep their kennel in operation, it makes you wish that one day in the near future, a group race victory can be bestowed upon them.

Greyhound racing needs its battlers and hobbyists, for the colour and blend of both young and old personalities who flourish, gives optimism to anyone that they can achieve their dream no matter where they come from and the obstacles they may encounter.

Atchison Reaping Rewards From Australia’s Boom Sire

Once a successful greyhound steps off the racetrack and into the breeding barn, the anticipation builds towards their first progeny commencing their careers, with a sense of optimism that they can bestow a future champion.

Lochinvar Marlow is fast becoming one of Australia’s boom sires after an extremely impressive start to his stud career, with talented chasers beginning to filter onto the racetrack. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Sensation Lee who was owned by the Gordon family, renowned for their support of greyhound racing, retired at the end of 2010 after claiming the Group One Paws of Thunder and Group Three Christmas Gift during that year, along with a well-deserved Greyhound of the Year nomination.

One of his most gifted offspring to date is the adequately named Mike Marlow, prepared by astute trainer Lorraine Atchison of Jilliby on the NSW Central Coast. After beginning his campaign in the Magic Maiden series at Wentworth Park in March, a slight hock injury forced Atchison to nurse her star prodigy back to health. Atchison’s team are now certainly reaping the benefits after his best performance to date last Thursday, in an all the way display at Maitland in a sizzling 25.30 over the 450m journey. Mike Marlow now takes his young career statistics to three wins and two minor placing’s from just five starts. Atchison is not surprisingly wrapped with her youngster’s progress:
‘We worked on a hock strain which he sustained at Wenty but it’s all fixed now and we are seeing what he can do. He’s always shown promise right from the start. The first time I put him in the boxes, he went straight in and did everything perfect’ said a glowing Atchison, whose sister Noelene Holloway bred Mike Marlow’s litter from her very talented chaser Fascinate Marina.

A daughter of Hallucinate and Malawi’s Marina, Fascinate Marina won 12 races including 7 at Wentworth Park and was Holloway’s very first greyhound. As she explains, it was a wonderful start to her involvement with racing that originated just seven years ago.

‘I was walking out of church and God said I should go to Lorraine’s because she has a surprise for me. One thing led to another and I got Fascinate Marina to train. She was an amazing little dog who gave me many thrills during her career. I couldn’t have done it without Lorraine, she is always willing to help out in any way’ said a delightful Holloway who now trains Mike Marlow’s siblings; Queen Esther and King Sapphire who are already exhibiting pleasing early signs.

Holloway continuously looks to her sister for inspiration as she is no stranger to success, with many superstars having occupied her kennels including; Sergio (2011 NZ Greyhound of the Year, Multiple NZ Group One winner and 2011 Easter Egg Finalist), Tarawi Tess (Runner up in 2003 Paws of Thunder) and Salvatore (Runner up in 2010 NSW Distance Final), just to name a few. Atchison’s abilities don’t stop at training, as her breeding record speaks for itself with her magnificent broodbitch Malawi’s Marina having produced some of Australia’s most gifted greyhounds. Black Cobra (2006 Group One Easter Egg finalist), Big Tee Mac (2009 Group One National Derby finalist), Quicklee Tommy (2008 Group Two Black Top finalist) are just a few of her amazing offspring to have graced the racetrack with their remarkable ability, making Atchison a very proud breeder.

‘They are beautiful to watch grow up. Once you start the break in process obviously some don’t progress as fast as others but all they need is time along with plenty of love and care and it’s not too long before they get the hang of it. One thing is I don’t have standards because every greyhound is different with their progression. Some of the best don’t always break in the best’ said a passionate Atchison.

Atchison’s career spans back to the days of her prominent parents; George and Joan Singline, who were break in specialists and allowed Atchison to get a behind the scenes insight into the education of greyhounds:
‘I didn’t like school. All I wanted to do was be involved in the greyhounds. Now I have my own 38 acre property with lots of help from my family. I am so passionate about the industry I couldn’t see myself doing anything else’ said an enthusiastic Atchison

If there is one certainty you can always rely on, is witnessing Lorraine Atchison and Noelene Holloway cheering profoundly from behind the boxes if one of their charges is victorious. The incredible dedication and affection these two adoring sisters have for their greyhounds is truly inspiring to any potential greyhound enthusiast, as they truly are queens of the track.

2013 Bogie Leigh Queensland Futurity Preview & Betting Tips

The Group 2 Queensland Futurity is upon us, with 4 heats to be run at Albion Park Thursday Night.

Unfortunately as is often the case of late, the big one for bitches in Queensland has failed to attract much interstate interest, with only 7 interstate chasers lining up in the 4 heats.

The first heat has only 7 runners engaged, with no reserves in any of the 4 heats. It’s a doom and gloom situation for Queensland racing, as more and more interstate trainers fail to cross the border to tackle our Feature races.

John and Minnie Finn have 2 runners engaged in the heats with recent Group 1 Golden Easter Egg runner-up Winsome Charlee by Wheres Pedro out of Ramblin Ruby, drawing box 1 in a 7 dog field. She will lock horns with one of Qlds, best hopes Regal Lauryn. The daughter of Super star bitch Queen Lauryn, trained by Tony Brett and owned by Len Antonio A.K.A the “The Tooth Fairy”; will pose as the main threat to Charlee. John and Minnie will also rug up Closing Time, who has returned from a short spell to tackle the heats.

The Victorian Charge is led by Peter Hunt and Graeme Bate who will don the leash on superstar multiple track record breaker Xylia Allen. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale possesses a freakish motor, who is capable of shattering track records when on song – evident in her unbelievable track record at Launceston. Peters charge, the freakish Cracker Jack Lil, by Go Wild Teddy out of Lil’s Memory, will look to continue her dream run of late after running third in the Egg, where she won her heat of the Egg first up on the track. They look to be the main hopefuls for the state of Victoria, although Angela Langton returns to Qld headquarters and she too rugs up 2 runners; Tark’s Jewel and Sam’s Sionara both from box 3.

The home states charge will once again be led by leading Qld trainer Tony Brett. Tony has 4 runners engaged with 3 of them appearing to be great chances. Jetta’s Girl, a daughter of Surf Lorian and Kaycee Diva, who Tony has likened to the great Champ Bogie Leigh, will take on the flying Victorian Xylia Allen in heat 2. They look clear-cut in this, and Xylia Allen will need to begin better than she ever has before to match it with little Jetta’s Girl early. Jetta’s Girl has an imposing record here with 9 starts for 8 wins and a best time of 30.00. There’s no doubt Xylia Allen can go quicker than that, but she will have her work cut out for her first up in full field conditions coming from behind.

Cracker Jack Lil will tackle a much easier field, but she too will have to demonstrate all of her brilliant early pace to hold out a flying Blue Bird for Glenda Dart. Both dogs begin like bombs and Blue Bird only 3 starts ago, nearly broke the first sectional record here at Albion Park running a mind-boggling 5.61 to the first mark. They appear to be the main hopefuls, and I’d be surprised to see any of them miss the final. Local trainers make up the rest of the 4 heats.

Group 1 Superstar Glen Gallon also makes his return after being scratched from the Golden Easter Egg heats. He has drawn box 2 in the best 8 and looms as the likely winner. Sheikha, recent Group 1 Paws of Thunder winner and Egg finalist, has drawn box 1 in a 5th grade, and she looks well placed to salute from the perfect box. She’s going to have to bring her A-game with her as the inform Berella Kathryn looks to bring up win number 4 in a row. The daughter of Meticulous and Tawny Shiraz is a model of consistency and will once again chase her heart out. It’s going to be a mighty ask to knock off the Group 1 winner from her favorable draw, but she appears the main danger.

The action kicks off at Albion Park at 6.43pm Thursday night, with the first heat of the Futurity at 7.42pm.

2013 Maitland Gold Cup Heats Preview

The highlight of the racing calendar at Maitland greyhounds is just one week away, with six sensational heats of the Group Two Maitland Gold Cup to be held this Thursday night at the showground circuit.

The $40,000 to the winner event is highly regarded and well known for attracting some of Australia’s best sprinters, including 2012 NSW Greyhound of the Year Oaks Road who was victorious last year for trainer Mark Gatt.

2013 is no different, with each heat containing some big names. What makes the Gold Cup series so cut throat is the fact that there are no semi-finals, with only first from each heat and the two fastest seconds making it through the lucrative final.

MAITLAND GOLD CUP HEAT ONE:

The first of the six heats is particularly challenging, with recent Gold Collar winner Scissor Queen lining up from box six, however she faces a hard task. The red fawn dynamo has won an astounding seventeen races with three placing’s from just twenty five starts and has the unblemished record of four starts at Maitland for four wins over the 400 metre distance with a personal best of a flying 22.25 seconds. Whilst this will be her first attempt at the gruelling Maitland 450, she is proven up to 480 metres, where she recorded a near record 27.15 seconds at Grafton. The daughter of Knocka Norris and terrific broodbitch Surf Queen, is trained by the astute Dave Irwin from Queensland, who never starts a dog underdone, giving the impression that Scissor Queen will be at her peak when she lines up this Thursday.

Looking to bring her undone from the squeeze box will be star Victorian El Brooklyn for the powerful Jason Thompson camp. The white and blue bitch by El Galo was a winner of the $15,000 listed Ultra Sense final at Wentworth Park on Golden Easter Egg night and looks a live chance despite the poor draw. Whilst she has never had a race start at Maitland, the speedster was originally born and bred in the area, and had her performance trial at Maitland in 2011 before being purchased by owner Seona Hood, where she clocked a scintillating 25.08 seconds over the 450 metre trip. The 29 kilogram chaser has the ability to ping the lids and should take some catching if she lands in front of the field a box rise.

New pup on the scene Black Magic Opal will also be looking to maintain his perfect record at both Maitland and from box eight when he lines up in heat one. The black powerhouse is by sire of the moment Magic Sprite, whose progeny have been setting the track ablaze in recent months. The Leslie Hudson speedster is no exception, recording ten ultra-impressive victories with three seconds to his name from just thirteen starts with a best time of a blistering 25.01 seconds, recorded just last week from the awkward box four. Whilst many would prefer the inside, Black Magic Opal can handle the pink rug, saluting on three occasions, with the outside at Maitland, not such a bad draw if you can begin.

Whilst there is more depth in the race, including Kaiser King, a winner of five from eleven, and the inform John’s Son who ran an amazing 31.88 seconds over the 565 metre trip last week, it is hard to look past the three star starters who should fight it out.

MAITLAND GOLD CUP HEAT TWO:

Champion trainer Jason Thompson also looks to have a live chance in the second heat with Whata Good Size starting from the green alley. Yet another pup out of Surf Queen (Dam of Scissor Queen, heat one), the Fear Zafonic Youngster does not turn two until June, but has already put together four impressive victories with three minors from only seven starts and looks a live chance to claim his heat.

On his inside is the consistent Minza Red One who ran a smart third behind Transcend Time last week at his track debut where he clocked a handy 25.38 seconds. The Charlie Gatt sprinter has experience on his side as a winner of fourteen races including a fast 30.06 seconds at Wentworth Park

The inside two runners should not be discounted with the Julie Fletcher prepared Dinkum a winner of 15 from 34 including an airborne 29.77 seconds Wentworth Park success. Box one should come as a welcome change for the son of Bit Chilli, who has had a run of bad luck in races from awkward box draws of late. The black dog does have enough early pace to lead the field and has the class to be prominent in the race, with his recent starts being in the semi-finals on the Golden Easter Egg and the heats of The Richmond Derby where he has struck trouble from bad boxes.

Anthony Azzopardi’s handy two year old Lucky Im Black could also run a cheeky race from the checks as a winner of five races including a smart 30.50 seconds triumph at Richmond. Whilst he has been racing a touch below par at present, he is capable of bouncing back, with an abundance of talent and a strong affiliation with an inside draw.

MAITLAND GOLD CUP HEAT THREE:

Heat three will see the Group Three New Sensation placegetter Johnny Fire vie for his second chance at group race glory after just eighteen starts for Lake Munmorah trainer Trevor Hagney. The son of Knocka Norris is yet to miss a place with eleven wins to his name including a speedy 25.51 seconds over the 450 metre Maitland trip. Whist he has the tendency to be tardy when the lids open, his motor is undeniable, and if given room to move in the early stages he is highly likely to take out his heat.

Also with a chance in heat three is on-fire trainer Jason Mackay who will be aiming to make another group race final after an unsuccessful night on Saturday when he lines up Elite State chaser Man of Manners who is looking for his fourth straight win. The fawn dog has not started since January; however Mackay will no doubt have him in tip-top shape for his race return this Thursday at Maitland where he has previously clocked a sensational 25.22 second personal best over the track and distance.

Golden Easter Egg runner Sheikha will also make an appearance in heat three with the daughter of Collision chasing win number nine. The speedy bitch oozes talent but will need luck from the wide draw, however with her early zip, she may be able to ping to the lead and catch a break.

MAITLAND GOLD CUP HEAT FOUR:

Heat four will see regally bred chaser Transcend Time return to Maitland after his all the way victory last week where he defeated fellow runner Slater Hill by one and a half lengths in a fast 25.25 seconds. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Elite Oriental has had three runs back after a four month break and has improved with each start, giving him a great chance in this field. The brindle racer is undefeated over the Maitland 450 metres after three attempts and will take some catching if he can run near his 25.13 seconds best.

Queenslander Rozelle Flash has been consistent in his two starts at Maitland, running second on both occasions, both in fast times. He should hit his peak this week from box three and is a live chance.

Slater Hill will give Charlie Lamb another handy chance in the heats when he lines up from box six. Whilst he has not won since January, the son of Slater and Group 1 Paws of Thunder winner One Tree Hill has run a stack of placing’s lately, all from bad boxes. He will definitely need to begin from the draw to be a live chance in the race; however his run last week behind Transcend Time was promising.

Grand old campaigner Diddy Strike will be turning four next month, yet has been racing with plenty of zest of late. Just a few weeks ago he claimed a heat of the Gold Collar in a slick 22.56 seconds, before following it up with a brilliant second behind super bitch Scissor Queen in the final. The black powerhouse has recorded three victories over the distance for a best time of 25.26 seconds. Box eight is a concern however he is all heart and should run a honest race for mentor Colin Kneeshaw.

MAITLAND GOLD CUP HEAT FIVE:

The fifth heat is another tough race, but expect to see Dave Irwin’s Hot Tewin go close to the money from box two. The Give Me Five campaigner has won fourteen races from 46 starts including his last four starts in succession. He should be very hard to hold out from the inside draw, especially with his scintillating 24.95 seconds personal best for the Maitland trip.

One of his biggest threats looks to be the promising sprinter Knocka’s Return who has the impeccable record of eight wins from ten starts and will be jumping from box four where he is undefeated after two appearances wearing the blue. The son of Knocka Norris could not have been any more convincing at his Maitland debut two weeks ago running 25.05 seconds. The red brindle and white dog is normally a good beginner, which should make for a mouth-watering dual between him and Hot Tewin.

Majella Ferguson will have a runner in heat five from her fantastic Where’s Pedro x Stylish Scene litter, with Unexplained jumping with the pink rug on his back. Unexplained returned to Maitland last month after two below par performances late last year and scored an emphatic victory first up running a breathtaking 25.01 seconds over the track and distance. He also ran a cracking race on Saturday night at Wentworth Park, posting an all the way victory in 29.73 seconds. The black dog has had one start from box eight for one win, and the wide draw should give him plenty of room to move with all the railers underneath him.

MAITLAND GOLD CUP HEAT SIX:

Last but not least, heat six will see Maitland track specialist Lil Miss Sparkle return to the showground from box three. The 23 kilogram light weight will be aiming to make her second group final; with the daughter of Goodesy eligible for a $50,000 bonus should she win the final next week, being the first of his offspring to take out a group race. Foley has had tremendous success with this litter so far with all of the pups to have raced winning and showing great potential. Lil Miss Sparkle is definitely a star in the making and should go very close to winning on Thursday night, with her personal best time of 25.25 seconds in danger of being bettered.

The Majella Ferguson trained Electro Storm looks a massive danger in the red after clocking a near record 22.33 seconds over the 400 metres at Richmond last week. The Bit Chilli dog turns three next month and is a multiple city winner, indicating that he will relish the step up in distance this week, with box one a definite advantage.

Anthony Azzopardi has Dark Assassin jumping from the squeeze box in the last heat, with the son of Collision and National Futurity winner Daydream looking to make it his eighth win on Thursday night. The two year old has never had a start at Maitland which is a concern, however he has plenty of talent which always helps.

Also in with a chance is the powerful My Signature who has a massive turn of foot once he hits the ground. Trained by Lena Sweetman, the son of Talk’s Cheap does not normally begin well, but jumped much better on Saturday night at Wentworth Park. If he can get a clean run early he can clock blistering times. Watch out for him to be swooping late.

The 2013 Maitland Gold Cup should be a fantastic final, with not only the best that The Hunter Valley and NSW has to offer, but also some speedy customers from interstate who will give the $40,000 feature a great deal of depth. Racing kicks off at Maitland Showground at 3:57pm this Thursday afternoon with heats of the Maitland Mercury Maiden series. The first of the Maitland Gold Cup heats is race three and will jump at 4:37pm.

Finn’s Eggstatic For Double Shot At Group 1 Golden Easter Egg

It’s inevitably every greyhound trainers dream to have a runner engaged in a Golden Easter Egg final, therefore you could imagine the elation for Cranebrook duo John and Melinda Finn who will lead out two of their charges in this Saturday nights $250,000 to the winner Group One event.

2013 Group One Paws of Thunder hero Sheikha, part owned by journalists Peter Davis and Gerard Guthrie along with Guthrie’s good friend Anthony Lyons; returned to her brilliant best in last week’s semi final, finishing a gallant second behind in form sprinter Cracker Jack Lil in a flying 29.72.

After somewhat of a lull in form, co-trainer Minnie Finn explained the situation; “She hit her head on the boxes in the Temlee final and it spooked her for a bit that’s why she has been down on form.”

“She went really well last week but tends to get a bit lost in a field and doesn’t know whether to go inside or out but she can win it” said Finn.

Despite coming up with an unfavourable box eight in this week’s final, Finn remains confident that luck will be a crucial element for both her runners.

“I would have preferred the inside but if Sometimes Speedy goes left and gives her some room she can win it. I don’t care which one of my dogs wins as long as one of them does” stated Finn who despite solely owning Winsome Charlee displayed true class in asserting that she will be cheering just as hard for both her chasers.

The beautifully bred daughter of Collision and I’m Exceptional took the recent Paws of Thunder series by storm. Labeled as an outsider from the start, Sheikha snuck under the radar before blowing her rivals away from box two in the $100,000 final, clocking a fast 29.84 and sending the Finn camp into scenes of jubilation behind the boxes.

“People said I nearly hit the roof when she won that race and her owners (Davis, Guthrie and Lyons) were just as excited, it was great to see. It’s what you’re in the sport for to celebrate the big occasions. I think if I win this week I will go through the roof!” a chuckling Finn exclaimed.

Coming up with box five this week, Winsome Charlee has certainly been a surprise packet throughout the series after a solid third in her heat, followed by a stunning come from behind victory in last weeks semi final clocking a sizzling 29.77. Exiting slowly from box one the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Ramblin’ Ruby navigated her way through to the field to score by half a length over Western Australia chaser Hot Irish.

No one was more elated than Finn who could be seen behind the boxes, overwhelmed with excitement. “We just put her in the series to see if she could get some luck and get through. She doesn’t have much early pace but only needs a little bit of room to wind up… she does have a decent motor.”

“The box is a worry but if a mix up can happen and she gets through it could be her night”.

Even with the obvious threat of marvel trainer Jason Mackay’s two superstars; Punch One Out (New Wentworth Park track record holder) and Sometimes Speedy, Finn assures that the all important box draw will play its part in Saturday nights unfolding of events;

“I personally believe the one (Cracker Jack Lil) is the big danger. Box draws are so important in these types of races so I’m expecting her to lead and hopefully we get some luck and can chase her down. I would just like to see a New South Wales trainer win so the trophy stays here”.

John and Melinda Finn are two of the most well known and respected trainers in the history of Australian greyhound racing with consistent winners across numerous tracks on a weekly basis. Having two greyhounds make NSW’s most prestigious group 1 final is a fitting reward that reflects the knowledge, skill and effort that no doubt goes into the preparation of their greyhounds.

All eyes will be on Saturday night’s Golden Easter Egg final with intent, to see if the highly successful Finn combination can snare their second Group One victory already for 2013.

What Did Week One Of The Golden Easter Egg Teach Us?

Leading into the semi-finals of the Golden Easter Egg, let’s look back at last week’s results and see what lessons can be learned and where tidbits of information can be taken out. There were, after all, 80 of Australia’s leading greyhounds on the one card, and as always the winners weren’t as predictable as many believed. So here are some of the more interesting observations that might prove handy to remember before attacking Saturday’s form guide;

Jagger Swagger is the real deal – Many would claim that Jagger Swagger was already a star of the track before his heat last week, but I personally had a couple of doubts whether the impressive from out of the age-restricted races would carry across to the Open Class. After his unsuccessful runs in Melbourne late last year, and starting from box eight, it seemed reasonable to take on the favourite in heat six, but boy, he charged past the field after a moderate beginning and made the opposition look second-rate. Hot Irish, a bitch that many would know was written about during the lead-up, was simply unable to get anywhere near the Mark Azzopardi trained chaser, and those two pummelled the rest of the field. Regardless of how he goes from box two Saturday night, Jagger Swagger be winning plenty of races in the month to come.

Victorians now know the name Princess Black – There would have been many people in Victoria tuning into heat two of the Egg to see the fortunes of popular Warragul Cup winner, Nitro Cee. However what was witnessed instead was a devastating win by the lightly raced Princess Black. With a perfect demonstration of how to overcome a middle draw, Princess Black ran dead straight from box six and cleared the field easily out in front. From there it was over, and multiple city winner, Imry Bale, along with Nitro Cee were powerless to stop her. Princess Black comes up against the abovementioned Jagger Swagger in the semi-final – a clash to get many a mouths watering.

Sometimes Speedy should never, ever, leave the Mackay kennel – Former South Aussie Sometimes Speedy has always been a handy chaser, but now under the care of Jason Mackay, this daughter of Collision has become the pin-up girl of NSW racing. She has a Group win to her name, and could add the Golden Easter Egg to her CV if her current form continues. To think this is the same greyhound that ran third and fourth in juveniles and Grade six races at Angle Park in October last year. Without taking anything away from her S.A connections, her improvement since coming to the East coast must suggest that her future will no longer lie in the City of Churches.

Race times are to be taken with a pinch of salt – Without doubt, one of the more agitating things about modern day racing is this tendency for clubs to doctor their tracks up beyond belief for the big races. Personally, I think it undermines any impressive times set and takes away the excitement of seeing a lightning run. Last Saturday night was another case, where eight of the ten heats were sub-29.75, when we would be lucky to see a run that fast once a month throughout the year. It not only brings an element of indifference to the spectator, but also becomes deceptive when lining up form once the feature series concludes. Wentworth Park aren’t alone here either, and it would be unfair to single out this years’ Egg as having an over-prepared track. I can recall several meetings in other states where grade fives were pulling out free-for-all times on the night of a Cup meeting.

The Wheeler domination is easing – Remember a couple of years ago when the Wheeler dynasty filled seven of the eight Melbourne Cup final spots? Well it’s safe to say that the streak they were experiencing with their brigade has now eased, after they failed to claim a single heat of the Egg. Not for one second am I saying they have become unsuccessful, but the sheer dominance of the past 24 months has seemingly dissipated across the board.

Capable dogs from good draws should be respected – Time and time again dogs that are either out of form or facing a class rise come up and cause a boilover when drawn well. Nearly every greyhound punter I’ve ever come across recognises the tendency for inside runners to do well in big races, and yet sometimes they still go around at incredible value. Stetson Donna has always been the type of greyhound to be hit-or-miss, but drawn one in arguably the weakest heat of the night, she lands the prize and pays over $30 on some totes. A winner of over 12 metro races and $100K in career earnings, she certainly flew under the radar of many and never deserved to be those odds.

Early speed is worth its weight in gold – All night last Saturday, runners were unable to make up any more than two places throughout the run. Whether there were too many good dogs running ‘super’ times up front, or whether there was high amounts of interference is arguable, but either way, you had to be on the speed to give yourself a chance. This isn’t just an observation either, as official results tell us that not one heat winner came from any further back then second with a lap to go.

The Paws of Thunder was just confusing – Sometimes form lines from a Group 1 series just don’t stack up the next time around, and that was certainly the case from January’s Paws of Thunder series. With the exception of Cavendish Flyer and Ritza Ryder, all other finalists from the Paws final were engaged last Saturday and only Fully Advanced managed to repeat the dose. You would have done a lot of dough using the previous Group 1 on the track as your base.

Introducing The New Breed

Maiden races are always met with a sense of anticipation and excitement from all types of greyhound enthusiasts as a new wave of potential superstars is unveiled. The Centrebet Magic Maiden series provides a rare opportunity for the young and eager to step up onto the biggest stage at Wentworth Park and launch their career.

The Group Three listed event with a $25,000 winner’s purse is not for the faint hearted, as the testing 520m two turn circuit can prove an obstacle for even the most experienced race dog.

Every race goer will be keen to inspect new breeding prospects with a particular interest in Lochinvar Marlow’s offspring who have begun to filter onto the race track with prominent early success.

Mike Marlow (x Fascinate Marina) is the 2010 Paws of Thunder winners best hope after recording two sizzling performance trials at Maitland (25.56) and Gosford (29.78). Trained on the Central Coast by Lorraine Atchison, his dam Fascinate Marina, who was trained by Lorraine’s sister Noelene Holloway, had a successful racing career including 12 wins with 7 of those at Wentworth Park. Queen Esther also trained by Noelene, is engaged in heat 10 also with two positive performance trials at Gosford with a personal best of 30.12. With both greyhounds possessing natural early speed, Magic Maiden final night may just turn into a family affair for these two talented female trainers.

It wouldn’t be a feature series without dominant trainer Jason Mackay unleashing new, majestically bred superstars onto the scene. This year is no exception with Mackay’s best hope Tricky Jade. By Bit Chili out of Navigator Miss who was a National Futurity finalist, recorded two blistering performance trials at Unitbet Gardens (29.45) and Wentworth Park (29.92) in recent weeks and will be a heavy favourite when she steps out in heat eight from box six.

The famous Or Catra offspring are looking to continue the dynasty of success for renowned breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan. Or Catra was responsible for the likes of; 2011 NSW Greyhound of the Year Zipping Lad, 2011 Group One Bold Trease winner Zipping Malfoy and Zipping Man who took out the 2011 Group Three Magic Maiden series. Zipping Simba is by Mantra Lad with fellow sibling Zipping Milo already showing promising early signs after running a brilliant second in this month’s Group Two Richmond Derby final taken out by Jagger Swagger. Coming up with box three in heat four, a respectable performance trial at Wentworth Park leaves plenty of room for improvement.

Mackay’s own charge Zipping April (Goodesy x Sirocco Lass) was just as exciting in a performance trial last week clocking 30.09 and is draw ideally out wide in heat seven to get the fly.

The name Frosty Fruits is synonymous to any greyhound enthusiast as one of the most successful bloodlines of all time. Flavours (2011 Group Three Laurie Healion Maiden), Pulp (Group Three Big Dog Cup), Goodesy (Group Two Bulli Gold Plate and Bulli track record holder) and Little Sparkle (2010 Richmond Oaks) are just a few of the prosperous offspring to come from this incredible broodbitch. This year trainer Craig Chappelow will unleash Frosty Vintage who is by Bombastic Shiraz and clocked the fastest performance trial at Wentworth Park last week, a sensational 29.90. Drawing box seven in heat eight will prove testing for the youngster but with plenty of room for improvement, no eyebrows will be raised if a lower time standard is set.

Castlereagh trainer Jane Carruthers has made an affluent return to racing with her best charge Clockwise. By Magic Sprite out of Elizabeth Royal, the speedy youngster has recorded three brilliant performance trials at Canberra (25.75), Gosford (29.88) and Wentworth Park (30.09). Coming up with box seven in heat four, this won’t be the last week see of this talented performer on the big stage.

Making the long trip down from Casino will all be worth it for trainer Brad Northfield if his talented prodigy Bralyn Morgan carries over his recent trial form onto the racetrack in heat three from box two. Beautifully bred by Collision out of Bralyn Mel who made the 2007 Group One Perth Galaxy and Group Three Easter Chase finals, was a very consistent stayer over the 700m plus journey. Its evident this stamina has transpired to her offspring with Bralyn Mel’s two performance trials at Lismore showing promising early signs clocking a personal best of 30.28 over the 520m journey.

Sunday nights racing will be a spectacular way to end the first week of the Golden Easter Egg series with those successful moving through to next week and one step closer to claiming the desired Group three event. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone to see these gifted youngsters return to headquarters next year and potentially claim the big one.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heats Form Guide & Betting Tips – Every Greyhound’s Chances Analysed

The action kicks off this Saturday night with the heats of the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, with ten heats that are sure to throw up some surprises. We have a full review of each dog for you to hopefully help you back a winner and overall pick the victor of the $250,000 to the winner Group 1.

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2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 1 7.28 pm

Box 1 – Corridor A young Victorian dog who posses big motor. He has come up with the rails draw here, but will need as much luck as possible. A last start Meadows winner, he worked really hard and came from a long way back to beat the talented Whispering Wind. Young inexperienced type, with a big motor, and it will take a massive performance to win the Egg. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41

Box 2 – Veyron Bale Another Victorian with the ability to be very competitive throughout the series. He has posted a very fast 29.65 here and has the advantage of having started here 4 times, a huge plus. One of the bigger chances in this series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 3 – Borris Fields Yes yet another Victorian, one of the fastest dogs to contest the series with a blistering 29.59 run at the Meadows. He lacks early speed and this may be his undoing. Very talented pup and a big chance with luck in running. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $18

Box 4 – Amadeus Strikes Our first local hope with plenty of track experience. A fast dog but lacks the class of some of these. Ordinary beginner that will need luck to win this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401

Box 5 – Dinkum Local dog who posses the speed to be competitive here, but looses all chance at box rise. Needs to jump to get through this tough heat. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401

Box 6 – Heidi Go Seek Super smart young Victorian who looks a to have some serious speed. Has recently posted a 29.73 at the Meadows but has been set a huge task here. May find the going tough from out wide here. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 7 – Serisier Street Has a super PB but faces a massive class rise and it looks like the step up may be far too much. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501

Box 8 – Renegade Chief Super Star dog who rarely runs a bad race. He has drawn nicely here in box 8. He should win his heat and looks a huge chance to take home the egg. Will start one of the favourites in this series. Big Watch. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $21

Our Tip Heat 1 looks to be one of the easier heats to find a winner in. Renegade Chief the top selection here.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 2 7.50 pm

Box 1 – Cadence Fast local bitch, with plenty of experience. However it will take a huge performance and plenty of luck to add $250,000 to her prize money tally. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $251

Box 2 – Nitro Cee Very talented Victorian, who has drawn really well here. Has loads of early toe and looks set to be a huge threat. The tight Wentworth Park circuit will suit her perfectly and she looms as a serious contender. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 3 – Imry Bale The son of Go Wild Teddy is well traveled and a very experienced campaigner. Has run some fast times and is a 4 time veteran here at the track. Has the ability to surprise and must be kept safe. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31

Box 4 – Fiery Very fast Victorian, that may struggle here, having to come from behind. Generally begins very steady and takes a little while to hit his straps. Needs plenty of luck to win this one. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61

Box 5 – Hoover Boy Quick dog that has threatened many times before. Requires luck and needs to get it in each race to win the Egg. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151

Box 6 – Princess Black Young local who could not of done anything more to impress. Won a FFA last start and only needs to handle the class rise to assert herself in this. 29.79 winner here and may be the value runner for the series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41

Box 7 – Pop’s Max Very fast dog who certainly has the motor. But box 7 makes it tough and he may need plenty of luck. A nice chance to win the GEE if he can make it through this and draw and get lucky with inside boxes. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61

Box 8 – True Blue Ethics A very handy dog who loves to win. But may find it tough against this opposition. He should go well from the 8 but he looks tested against these. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201

Our Tip Heat 2 looks a little harder than the first. Nitro Cee has plenty of early toe and may give them something to chase in this.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 3 8.08 pm

Box 1 – Oomoo Victorian who has experience here at Wenty. Box 1 is a huge advantage and he could easily win this with the right run. Outside chance here for the series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 2 – Gotta Be Fancy Quality bitch, and goes well here. Has good early toe with a fast 29.85 and she may go close in this heat. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101

Box 3 – Old Fella Nice dog who has the ability to feature in this. May need a slice of luck but don’t cross him out. Has run some nice races and times, and if you like him back him. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 4 – Grigorieva Bale Super dog who always races well. Has had plenty of goes here and he has the speed to win this. He has a fast 29.86 here and looms as one of the better chances in the series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 5 – Sheikha Group 1 Paws of Thunder Winner. You can never write off a Group 1 winner, but she has gone right off the boil since winning the big one. Must be kept safe but I’m prepared to risk her from box 5. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101

Box 6- Mythical Eagle Old dog who has never gone better than his recent runs. He has never won from box 6 and may again be winless from this box. Going to well to leave completely out. Needs to repeat his best 29.75 run to win this series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $71

Box – 7 Joshua Quality dog with a big motor and if he can begin like he did last start he will most certainly be a danger in this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $81

Box 8- My Sweet Love Flying machine early who loves to race around here. But she may need to find a few lengths to challenge the big guns if she can make the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201

Our Tip Heat 3 and Oomoo, has drawn nicely. Boxes win races and he may push hard up inside early and prove to be too good here. Hard Race.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 4 8.28 pm

Box 1 – Magic Billions He certainly deserves his chance in this and is lucky enough too have come up with box 1.But he may need more than good boxes to win the big one. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201

Box 2 – Peter Rocket Recent Horsham cup winner who throughly deserved the the big one. Im a fan of this dog and he looks a good solid chance to win the GEE. Fast determined dog, with great track sense. Great chance. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31

Box 3 – Dozen Points Has posted the time it takes to win the big one. But looks tested against this class. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201

Box 4 – Cintiarna Recent Temlee winner with a huge motor. Is as tough as they come and when they tighten up early, she wont be one who eases. Will push through a brick wall and has the quality and determination to win this. If she gets through the heat watch out!! Golden Easter Egg Betting: $18

Box 5 – Allen Dion Fast FFA dog who goes well against fair opposition. May find these a bit challenging. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $36

Box 6 – Noble Bale Victorian who goes ok. Has his work cut out here and best to watch this bloke. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301

Box 7 – Spitfire Stu Handy dog in the same category as Noble Bale. Will do it tough against these. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301

Box 8 – Glen Gallon SuperStar Queenslander who just keeps on giving. Box 8 makes it tough for this bloke but don’t underestimate him. Champions find a way too win and he is no exception. If he makes it through the heat he will give a huge sight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $14

Our Tip Heat 4 tough race with plenty of chances Glen Gallon, Peter Rocket, Cintiarna, i reckon the winner will come from one of these 3.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 5 8.28 pm

Box 1 – Bubba’s Dream Very, very fast bitch that is defying her age. Has a tendency to be moody, but if she switches on – watch out – the lure may not be able to go fast enough. Knockout chance and may be worth having something on as the overall winner. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $18

Box 2 – Jetta’s Girl The Queenslander little Jetta’s Girl looks to have her work cut out in this. However Tony Brett, compared her to Hall of Famer Bogie Leigh in racing prowess. Gets her chance, but looks a rough show. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101

Box 3 – Spud Regis Group 1 Australian Cup winner who is flying at present. Superstar chaser who will shake the life out of this, but don’t assume he’s just across the line here. He has to do everything right. But looms as one of the favourites in this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $9

Box 4 – Magic Fancy Super fast local but needs everything go his way. That wont happen here so back at own risk. Really rough chance to win the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 5 – Kobi Jay Fast dog who excels here at Wenty, but has to do it tough here tonight. Maybe not. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301

Box 6 – Paua Of Darkness This looks well above him. $1000-1 for the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301

Box 7 – Rob Pines Grand old dog who just keeps going. Never stops trying and not without a chance in this heat but winning the final looks beyond him. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201

Box 8 – Gradence Slow early and virtually no hope of winning the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501

Our Tip Heat 5 looks a two dog race. Bubba’s Dream and Spud Regis should fight this one out.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 6 9.10 pm

Box 1 – Magnum Blast Tough fast dog who looks a rough chance to win the final. Handles the inside but will rely on a little luck in this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41

Box 2 – Streetbike Tommy Nice dog who is generally competitive in his races but needs to find his very best to challenge here. Really rough hope of winning $250,000. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151

Box 3 – Minza Red One Looks tested in this, but has the home town advantage. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401

Box 4 – Mr. Clydesdale The fastest winner around here at Wenty in a blistering 29.56. Can run the time, but his best days look to have passed. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31

Box 5 – Marvicki Nice dog but not tonight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501

Box 6 – Hot Irish Superstar W.A chaser who is low flying at the moment. Gutsy strong effort in the Australian Cup, its going to be hard from box 6, but watch out. She wont give up and may be a nice selection to win the big one. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $21

Box 7 – Sign Of Snow Has drawn well but thats it. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301

Box 8 – Jagger Swagger Dual Derby winner flying at present. Boxed well and will go super in this. Big chance and likely favourite for this heat. Leading contender in the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $8

Our Tip Heat 6 see’s the clash of the heavy weights Jagger Swagger and Hot Irish. The winner should come from one of these two.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 7 9.27 pm

Box 1 – Free Will He gets his chance to advance through here. But only a each way chance of wining this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201

Box 2 – Two Tree Hill This bloke is going fantastic. Tardy early but has the ability, he may need a little luck but watch out of he gets it. Should get through his heat and poses as a danger. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $71

Box 3 – Omar Gee Nice dog who has been going really well. Will have to be at his best. But not without a genuine hope. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41

Box 4 – Bye Bye Bucks Top liner who should be getting back to somewhere near his best. Needs a littel luck like most, but he will loom large in this series. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61

Box 5 – Fully Advanced Very fast dog with a PB of 29.72, but he has only managed it once in 3 tries. Could be a smokey. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61

Box 6 – Punch One Out I have had a huge opinion of this bitch from day 1. She has drawn really well here and is going to be one of the big chances in this years egg. She has enormous pace and will shake the life out of this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $21

Box 7 – Garrick Bale Fast dog with a good record here but just a tad off his best. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101

Box 8 – Gold Town Both he and his brother face drawn wide and are not suited by the wide boxes. Very fast animals but will need plenty of luck. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101

Our Tip Heat 7 and I’m going with Punch One Out. Super bitch who should win her heat with a bang. I really like her and she’s worth backing pre post.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 8 9.50 pm

Box 1 – El Grover Drawn well but this looks a bit beyond him. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501

Box 2 – Cracker Jack Lil Super quick little bitch with blistering early toe. Should fire out and will take a power of beating. The track will suit perfectly, massive chance if she continues to fire out of the boxes. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $36

Box 3 – Pippa Shiraz Another fast bitch who can certainly win this. Needs a little luck like most but is a determined little thing. Has posted a fast 29.53 at Sandown. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151

Box 4 – Xylia Allen One on my favourites, she has been from day 1. May have the biggest motor in this series but Bate’s decision to try to win the Super Stayers came as a huge shock to me. She may have taken ill from those runs, and I’m unsure about her, so soon after the Super stayers. But Graeme Bate will have her right so watch out. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $16

Box 5 – Winsome Charlee Very strong fast bitch. But will rely heavy on luck and not something you want to be doing in big races. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $61

Box 6 – El Brooklyn Superstar little bitch, who fires out nearly every time. Will match motors early with Cracker Jack Lil early. Finds the line better then Cracker and may be too good here. If she continues to jump, she will give this series’s a huge fright. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $12

Box 7 – Barelen Norris Only making up numbers. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501

Box 8 – Bonita Banana Speedy early but that’s about it. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $301

Our Tip Interesting clash this one. Many winning hopes with loads of early speed. El Brooklyn off and gone.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 9 10.12 pm

Box 1 – Stetson Donna Badly out of form and her days are numbered in my opinion. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $201

Box 2 – Closing Time Good record and not without a wining chance in this heat, but that’s as far as she may go. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 3 – Wooden Ball Grand old fella, but not tonight mate. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501

Box 4 – Dyna Drago Fast dog but not here at Wentworth Park for mine. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $81

Box 5 – Billy the Sid Flying machine who will improve out of sight on last weeks run. Should pick these up and carry them across the line in this. If he keeps improving he will most certainly loom as a huge threat in the final. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 6 – Blitz to Excel Nice dog with a fair amount of ability but too hard here tonight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $501

Box 7 – Duetronium Nice bitch with a good outside box record but this is though. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $51

Box 8 – Mepunga Geordie Very talented animal but box 8 makes it very hard. Will need plenty of luck. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $101

Our Tip Heat 9 and Billy the Sid is rearing to go in this. He looks mighty hard to beat.

2013 Golden Easter Egg Heat 10 10.35pm

Box 1 – Dyna Filbert Box draw helps but will need all the luck he can get. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $41

Box 2 – Mr. Beau Very fast dog that refuses to jump. If he happens to spring out watch out! Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151

Box 3 – Carlos Pedro – SCRATCHED Very fine young dog but is being asked too much of here. Maybe if they jam?

Box 4 – Sometimes Speedy Always Speedy Lately and she probably starts as the series favourite. Jason Mackay has her airbourne at the moment and she should easily race away with this. 29.61 last start expect her to go quicker tonight. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $7

Box 5 – Sucker Punch Slow early and need plenty of luck. Will be chasing in vain on this. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $401

Box 6 – Easton Bale Find this a bit hard here. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151

Box 7 – General Destini Such a good honest dog, who tries his heart out each start and deserves a big one and could pinch the Egg with luck. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $31

Box 8 – Whispering Wind Fast early and will go well here. Should make the next round and could be a rough chance. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $151

1st Reserve – Franklin Hero (Box 3) Gets the run after the scratching of Carlos Pedro, probably starting from box 3. Doesn’t have the pace of those boxed outside, nor the finish of The General. No. Golden Easter Egg Betting: $71

Our Tip Winner should come from Sometimes Speedy, Genera Destini or Whispering Wind. Open race unless Sometimes Speedy steals a break from box 5 then only The General could run her down.

Well there you have it, a round up of all the dogs competing. I hope we have narrowed it down a little bit for you, but no doubt there will be a surprise here of two pop up. They are all very fast dogs and all deserved there spots.

At the end of the 3 week series, we will be left with just one lucky winner. Who will collect the mammoth cheque of $250,000 – not bad for the “Poor Mans Horse”!

Best of luck, pre-post betting should be up in the next couple of days. With all our sponsors Sportingbet, Iasbet, Sportsbet, Centrebet and Luxbet offering a pre post market. We’ve quoted you the Sportsbet markets.

Greyhound Racing Tips For Saturday 16th February 2013

4.5 MILLION DOLLARS, That is what the 24 Greyhounds racing in the 3 Group 1 races at the Meadows tonight have amassed between them.

Yes that’s right $ 4,500,000 dollars…not to bad for the so called “Poor Mans Horse”!

Gone are the days of battling to earn a quid with your dog with the worlds richest race now yielding $350,000 to the winner – the price of a 3 bedroom home in some states.

No longer is the humble Greyhound a”Poor Mans Horse” but a very lucrative alternative to the thousands upon thousands needed to buy and train a racehorse. To put the prize money these hounds have earnt between them into comparison. One of the worlds greatest in Black Caviar has won $6,800,000; only $2,500000 more then these 24 group 1 contestants.

And she is yet to taste defeat in 22 starts. Having one nearly everything on offer. So if your considering purchasing a share in a racing animal, look no further then our humble 4 legged canine friend.

A huge night ahead with 3 Group 1 races totaling $250,000 in first place prize money, to be run and won tonight at the Meadows in Victoria. So we’re going to try find a winner in each group 1 race for you tonight.

The Meadows Greyhounds, Race 5, Box 4. The Mighty Miata. 8.43pm

The Group 1 Zoom Top. No need to be an expert here to know Miata Looks near impossible to beat in this. Arguably Australia’s Greatest Stayer and she looks set to do what Black Caviar will do to her rivals today in Melbourne – destroy them!!!
Should just win and maybe, just maybe, we might see backable odds for her with hopefully $1.40 on offer. But I won’t be holding my breathe.

The Meadows Greyhounds, Race 6 Box 4, Cailyn Bale. 9.03pm Vic time

The Group 1 Rookie Rebel looks to be a open affair and I’m going to go with the rough chance here in Cailyn Bale. Has fantastic early toe and may be the early leader. The Queenslander Metz Magic is drawn perfectly on box 1 but if little Cailyn Bale can jump and run I reckon she’s a sneaky chance of holding on to win this. The whole fields a danger and all can win this.A race full of different characteristics where each runner will need it their on way to win. Cailyn Bale for me.

The Meadows Greyhounds, Race 8, Box 3 Renegade Chief. 9.50pm Vic time

The final Group 1 tonight here with The Temlee see’s another star studded line up with Australia’s best sprinters, all vying for the $100,000 first prize. I’m going to go with the young gun here in Renegade Chief. He’s a really super chaser having missed the placings only once in last weeks Perth Cup, Behind Dyna Nalin. Has the early speed to offset his box and if he can jump and run he may find himself battling for the lead with Hurunui Hitman, Hot Irish and the Recent Group 1 Paws Of Thunder Winner Sheikha. No doubt something is going to give of they all charge into the first turn and I’m banking on this bloke coming out on front. He’s a big enough dog at 33kg and this should be in his favour. With the two small bitches in Hot Irish and Sheikha. He either leads Hurunui Hitman and wins or sits outside him and proves to strong. Remember all three Group 1s have Australia’s best Chasers engaged and ALL runners are winning chances.

Wentworth Park Greyhounds, Race 4 Box 2 White Ninja 8.28 pm Nsw time

White Ninja by the Super Talented Miagi, looks as if he’s a great place chance in this. Should possie up early and looks as if he will run out the staying trip. I think he may develop into a handy stayer in time. And if he can get out early and bowl along he may prove hard to catch and no doubt will be a big odds. Not sure why I like this bloke but I’m giving him a great place chance against the main chances who are all slow beginners and run on types. Good Place Bet.

Cannington Greyhounds, Race 8 Box 1. Just Tripping. 9.27 pm W.A time

Just Tripping looks set to win plenty of races here in W.A and Leading W.A trainer Linda Britton has taken the step of moving him up in distance, here to the 642m trip. He should have little trouble with the extra distance and I reckon this bloke may open a big lead half through way in this race and be too good. Has drawn perfectly but does take on the talented up and comer in Houdini Monelli, who im suprised has also been stepped up in trip. He looks the early speed in the race and these two look set too take it up early. Agent Dunham trained by trainer of the moment Paul Stuart Looks the other danger, but he will get back and run on powerfully. Just tripping to do just enough and hang on for a win here.

Fantastic nights racing with fixed Price on offer for all the Group 1’s with Sportingbet, Luxbet, Sportsbet and IASBet all offering up a guaranteed win dividend.

Best of Luck

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Group One Glory Rolls Into The Gardens

After the excitement at Wentworth Park last Saturday night with the Group One Paws of Thunder final our attention now shifts to the Hunter Valley where Unitbet Gardens will host five heats of the Dogpro National Futurity for the bitches and four heats of the Newcastle Herald National Derby for the dogs, both carrying a $75,000 winner’s purse.

The annual age restricted classic provides spectators with two incredible finals showcasing the best young talent Australia has to offer. Unitbet Gardens racing manager Nathan Grech is assured the series will provide excitement for all involved:
“Great prize money attracts the best greyhounds, with the talent that is on show over the three week series I wouldn’t be surprised if the track record was to go”

With some extremely fast personal bests amongst the contenders, the track record of 29.23 may not be all that safe this week with a number of dogs capable of lowering the 515m time standard which has stood since 26th June 2010.
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Proven Maddy Fastest Qualifier For Bulli Gold Plate

Mark Azzopardi prepared Proven Maddy has qualified fastest for Monday’s Group 3 Centrebet Cyril Rowe Gold Plate Final, after winning his heat in 26.13 last night (January 21) at Bulli.

With four heats of the 472m feature being conducted, Proven Maddy was five tenths clear of fellow heat winners, Hoover Boy, Lochinvar Blanik and True Blue Ethics.

Proven Maddy’s victory in the final qualifier saw Azzopardi secure two positions in next Monday’s (January 28) $25,000 final, with Aston Caviar finishing second behind Lochinvar Blanik in heat two.
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Ireland’s Leading Lady Greyhound Trainer At Wentworth Park

The NSW GBOTA is excited to announce that Ireland’s leading trainer, Dolores Ruth, will be in attendance of Saturday’s (January 19) Centrebet Paws of Thunder meeting at Wentworth Park.

Renowned for her multiple Irish Derby wins, Ruth is in Australia on holidays, taking the time out to visit NSW’s premier track on the weekend.

The NSW GBOTA has arranged with Ruth, to speak with MC Ron Arnold trackside in the lead up to the feature, Centrebet Paws of Thunder Final.
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Veyron Bale Strikes In Centrebet Paws Of Thunder

In a night of long price winners, it was Veyron Bale which posted the fastest heat win in Saturday night’s Centrebet Paws of Thunder (520m) series.

With eight qualify events run and won, each winner will now line up in next Saturday’s (January 19) $100,000 to the winner final.

The opening heat was taken out by Cavendish Flyer, which snuck under early leader Grigorieva Bale in the home straight to snatch victory. Owner/Trainer Geoff Sattler, from Marks Point in NSW, was elated with the victory, and now hopes to make the most of next week’s final birth.
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GRNSW Conducts Out Of Competition Testing

Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) stewards over the last two days have conducted state-wide out of competition testing of greyhounds in the lead-up to the Group One Centrebet Paws of Thunder and the Group Two AAA Radiator Summer Distance Plate heats this weekend.

Testing was conducted to find the presence of Erythropoitin (EPO) and its derivatives. The samples will also be analysed by the newly formed screening process for the prohibited substance Myo-inositol Trispyrophosphate (ITPP).

Over 48 samples were taken from greyhounds in kennels from the Central Coast, Hunter, Western Districts, South Coast and Metropolitan NSW regions.
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Saturday 12th January 2013


Greyhound Box Draw For Wentworth Park – Saturday 12th January 2013

Race No. 1Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht107:28PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALL DEBREE4653230.06J L Harris (Cooranbong)
2YOUNG SNOZZ1512429.68G R Fennelly (Merrimac Qld)
3TAKE IT ALL11315FSHD N Mcdonald (Cranbourne)
4MYTHICAL EAGLE5516329.75A Meredith (Niagara Park)
5MISS JAMAICA21133FSHG J Bate (Lara)
6WANDY NEG1425130.13F Hardman (Bligh Park)
7GRIGORIEVA BALE5251529.86A L Dailly (Anakie)
8CAVENDISH FLYER5477130.39G P Sattler (Marks Point)
9TRUE BLUE ETHICS1361630.20D J Smith (Moorebank)
10BLUE SKIRT1644630.34J A Davis (Riverstone)
Race No. 2Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht207:47PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PROVEN NITRO1811729.63J Thompson (Pearcedale)
2DINKUMF213629.77J M Fletcher (Menangle Park)
3TRIUMPHANT ONE1111130.18O Langley (Berkshire Park)
4SHEIKHA1352330.04J Finn (Cranebrook)
5KRISA BALE1451630.04A L Dailly (Anakie)
6FREE WILL2311129.96A Azzopardi (Londonderry)
7MAGIC FANCY1111130.17W J Lutiger (Bringelly)
8UNO KNOCKA2113230.14G J Bate (Lara)
9BELLRINGER4116129.85R Matic (Canyonleigh)
10LORD RAIN4212530.09B A Keene (Twelve Mile Creek)
Race No. 3Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht308:08PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MISS MOZOLTOV15114FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
2GARRICK BALE5482229.84A L Dailly (Anakie)
3EL GROVER1526229.90R D Birrell (Appin)
4HELENA IZMIR2211129.76K Staines (Jerrawa)
5FLEETWOOD8735330.14M Burton (Kemps Creek)
6FULLY ADVANCED23216NBTG J Bate (Lara)
7POP’S MAX11513FSHP L Hunt (Avalon)
8HURUNUI HITMAN35181FSHS J Mckenna (Napoleons)
9WHERE’S KEROMA31532NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
10BOLT LOCK BOLT7454330.17M Multari (Kemps Creek)
Race No. 4Aaa Radiator Spec Summer Plt Ht08:27PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 720 Metres at Wentworth park Of $9,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HE KNOWS UNO1323242.09M W Patterson (Iluka)
2BACK PAGE LEAD3132142.88S B White (East Ryde)
3SATIN SURF4522442.60C J Carl (Londonderry)
4LANGI BALE22133FSHG J Bate (Lara)
5BELL HAVEN2411442.16E A Medhurst (Brighton)
6ERICA ALLEN33343FSHA L Dailly (Anakie)
7THRILLING FRANK6314542.56R J Mansley (Blackhill)
8BRONTE ANNA6431242.28J W Aldous (Werrington)
9ARAPINA STAR6324142.30D P Jones (Wagga Wagga)
10FEMME FATALE57586FSTDH P Sarkis (Londonderry)
Race No. 5Aaa Radiator Spec Summer Plt Ht08:52PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 720 Metres at Wentworth park Of $9,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,000 2nd: $1,700 3rd: $850 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZSA ZSA5321242.13D E Garrett (Somersby)
2EBBY MISS5642242.74M J Eberand (Oakville)
3LEKTRA RADIANT21161FSTDA L Dailly (Anakie)
4DODGING33453NBTH P Sarkis (Londonderry)
5SUAVE STICKA2271542.81R A Hindmarsh (Weston)
6IRMA BALE25212NBTG J Bate (Lara)
7HOTWIRE2324342.38G W Barnett (Reedy Creek)
8IRISH MARINA8125742.33G L Thurkettle (Harden)
9LEKTRA SCARLETT65122FSHA L Dailly (Anakie)
10ARAPINA STAR6324142.30D P Jones (Wagga Wagga)
Race No. 6Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht409:10PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CLOSING TIME7172230.13J Finn (Cranebrook)
2BANG BANG7752830.16G J Bate (Lara)
3JAKE’S THUNDER58515FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
4LILLY LANE16211FSHM T Carter (Violet Town)
5ALLEN DION2264330.04A L Dailly (Anakie)
6KOBI JAY2121430.13R R Bell (Blacksmiths)
7HOOVER BOY8147429.77L P Azzopardi (Londonderry)
8TWO TREE HILL1131229.76R J Britton (Lara)
9IMRY BALE15527NBTG J Bate (Lara)
10MAGNUM BLAST41623NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
Race No. 7Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht509:28PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1OOMOO362F1FSHN King (Pearcedale)
2LET’S ROCK1412329.62A J Bryant (Nowra Hill)
3JAGGER SWAGGER11135FSHM J Azzopardi (Appin)
4WINSOME CHARLEE1333129.98J Finn (Cranebrook)
5SPUD REGIS12734FSHA L Dailly (Anakie)
6BLOW THE DOH1311130.01E Borg (Windella)
7CAPTIVE1713F29.86M Burton (Kemps Creek)
8KEVIN BALE52611FSHG J Bate (Lara)
9OMAR GEE122F2FSHM T Carter (Violet Town)
10GOTTA BE FANCY8128529.95A Azzopardi (Londonderry)
Race No. 8Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht609:47PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BLITIZ TO EXCEL1185530.00J A Chapman (Lidsdale)
2VEYRON BALE1253630.02A L Dailly (Anakie)
3BUGATTI FLYER1441129.83J A Davis (Riverstone)
4BILLABONG CAFE5182130.77A M Callaghan (Kearsley)
5TOMATO CATCH UP7518829.96P Lagogiane (Llandilo)
6JOSHUA3333130.08G J Bate (Lara)
7CADENCE2628129.91F J Harris (Kanahooka)
8SIDDY CLASS2125729.94S E Swain (Box Hill)
9SHOELACE5511229.77P J Rodgers (Freemans Reach)
10GAZMICK JET8366330.28M Burton (Kemps Creek)
Race No. 9Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht710:12PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HOW COOL’S HARRY2123130.03S E Swain (Box Hill)
2CELEBRATION TIME7411429.99H P Sarkis (Londonderry)
3ABIT CRAZY2172F30.19M Burton (Kemps Creek)
4STREETBIKE TOMMY12141FSHA L Dailly (Anakie)
5RYBENBROOK BRITT6542530.21R R Bell (Blacksmiths)
6GUS BALE71722NBTG J Bate (Lara)
7JACK SILVER17334FSHM T Carter (Violet Town)
8MR. CLYDESDALE3161429.56R Mccolm (Sawyers Gully)
9DEVINE LAW1424129.96P J Parrelli (North Rothbury)
10DESOLATE4516429.96C J Carl (Londonderry)
Race No. 10Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Ht810:35PM (NSWtime)
Special Event event over 520 Metres at Wentworth park Of $8,475 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,450 2nd: $1,550 3rd: $775 Unplaced: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING ROCCO1111129.90C K Roberts (Dubbo)
2SILVER SPIDER31211FSHJ Thompson (Pearcedale)
3EASTON BALE71464FSHA L Dailly (Anakie)
4RITZA RYDER5324529.71T O’Donovan (Lara)
5STETSON DONNA6827829.79P T Dundon (Finley)
6DOZEN POINTS2425130.02J Finn (Cranebrook)
7LAROCCO58537FSHG J Bate (Lara)
8PROVEN MADDY65112NBTW A Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
9JOHN’S SON1542129.59R R Bell (Blacksmiths)
10DAZZLING MISS22444NBTD M Cannan (Mangalore)

Centrebet Paws Of Thunder Series To Begin Saturday Night

Eight sensational heats have been drawn for the new look Centrebet Paws of Thunder series, set down for this Saturday night (January 12) at Wentworth Park.

Brought into the Summer period, the former three week 520m series will now see the winners from each heat progress to the January 19 Final, where $100,000 awaits the winner.

2012 Group 1 Wentworth Park winners Garrick Bale and Proven Nitro return to the Glebe circuit looking to claim the first Wentworth Park title for 2013.
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