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The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 12th 2014

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Race 1 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat One – 7:14PM

First heat features the exciting speedster Mepunga Hayley, however I’m not convinced that she is a good thing. My fear is that she appears to have fallen back into her old habit of bombing the start. With that being the case I think the speedy White Spyro should be able to cross to the early lead and she may just pinch the race. She was placed in the Bendigo Cup Final at her last start and although she isn’t the strongest chaser, I believe that she is a little stronger than what she was when she posted her solid 30.21 PB here.

Obviously Mepunga Hayley is the main danger, she has the ability to lead or come from off the speed, however you would feel more comfortable if she could fix her box manners. I have no doubts she has panels on this lot but there are some handy ones in this so she can’t afford to make too many mistakes. Grand Faith must also be respected in this event, he is normally a very reliable beginner and he recently caught the eye with a sizzling 29.49 Sandown Park win. Dello Bale is a must for your exotic bets, he will get back in the early stages but once he finds the fence he will wind up and hit the line hard.

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on White Spyro and Grand Faith

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Exacta: 4,7/2,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race 2 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat Two – 7:38PM

Capullo Bale is a real up and comer who really caught my eye when scoring at Geelong recently in 25.60. On that occasion he pinged the lids and went into overdrive soon after box rise and he never looked back, he then followed that up with an 11 length win at Ballarat. He is making his Metropolitan debut but I’m assuming that he would have trialled here previously and he shouldn’t have too much trouble running out a strong 500m.

Living Proof has the class edge and he showed he is back to his best with a brilliant placing at Shepparton behind Hooksy on Monday. He was average to begin in that event and after settling three lengths off Hooksy he managed to hold that margin to the line. The box draw doesn’t help tonight but he has won two races here previously and he can come from off the speed to win. Angvella comes here with brilliant QLD form and she has drawn favourably out wide. She is having her first look at the track but if she gets through the first bend unscathed she will make her presence felt.

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Capullo Bale

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

Exacta: 2,4/2,3,4,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/3,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 3 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat Three – 7:57PM

QLD speedster Give You Credit is making his Victorian debut but he did have the benefit of a solo trial at The Meadows last week. On that occasion he stopped the clock in a solid 30.23, that time would not be good enough to win tonight, however if you look at his sectionals, he appeared to be at least three lengths off his best and at his second look at the track he should be able to improve dramatically. He is normally a reliable beginner and he likes to use a bit of the track in his races, from the seven box he should get every chance.

Zipping Brock has been racing in consistent style without winning of late and if he can get some luck in the early stages he will make his presence felt. He has been racing in FFA company of late and he should appreciate the drop back to age restricted class. He is very fast when given room early and he may be the value. Shamus Allen has experienced a lot of luck in his past two starts, however he did win his seven starts prior and he is too good to dismiss, if he steps on terms he should be in the mix throughout.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Give You Credit and Zipping Brock

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

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

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

 

Race 4 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat Four – 8:20PM

Glenn Rounds has a strong team at present and he is sure to have a couple in the final and I think Bottom Dollar is going to be one of his major players. With Push It drawn in the red, Bottom Dollar should be able to follow her through at the first bend and he should be able to pick her off as they go past the second sector. He is making his debut at the Meadows, however I’m sure he has trialled here in preparation for this series.

Push It has been a little disappointing in her past two but from the red she should be able to pounce on the early lead and that will allow her to regain some confidence. I don’t think she can hold off Bottom Dollar in the run home but she should have enough in the tank to hold on for the quinella. Joey Valdez hit the line hard here last week when placed behind All Strung Out, he is normally a better beginner than he showed last week and I’m sure he will look to make amends this week. They appear to be the only three winning hopes.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bottom Dollar

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

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

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

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2/3,4,5,7 ($8 for 100%)

 

Race 5 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat 5 – 8:40PM

One of the most open heats on the night but I think we can find some value with NSW star Rue De Kahn. She trialled here last week and recorded a very poor 30.44, however it was her first look at the track and she should be able to find plenty on that performance. Prior to that she had been racing in brilliant style at Wentworth Park and if she can bring that form to the Meadows she will definitely turn some heads. After her poor trial performance she might be over the odds.

Lektra Brave hasn’t had a lot of luck in his past two starts here but prior to that he had been racing in top form on the provincial circuit. He is capable of pinging the lids and he has gone very quick when scoring at Sandown previously. Zipping Felix really caught the eye when placed at Sandown last time over 595m, on that occasion he was in the firing line throughout and he went down narrowly to class chaser Musquin Bale, a repeat of that performance will see him feature here.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Rue De Kahn and Zipping Felix (I expect both to be over the odds)

Trifecta: 2,3,7/2,3,7,8/1,2,3,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

Boxed Quinella: 2,3,7,8 ($6 for 100%)

 

Race 6 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat Six – 8:57PM

Warrior King captured the Group Two Bendigo Cup Final last time over an unsuitable trip so it’s hard to go past him considering he is stepping back up to his favourite journey. From the red he should be able to settle in the first two or three and once they head to the back straight I would expect him to go into overdrive. He is a very powerful chaser and if he is given a clear run he really should make light work of this line-up.

Shoulders is the obvious danger based on his two sub 30 second wins here of late. Both times he has stepped cleanly and led throughout but he also appeared to hit the line very strongly. The second of those wins was in a quality field and he hit the line eight lengths clear of his rivals. Grand Legacy could be the surprise packet, he is capable of pinging the lids and he has scored two brilliant 450m Warrnambool wins in recent times. American Muscle must be included in your exotic bets, he will get back in the early stages but once he finds the fence he will start to wind up and he will hit the line strongly.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 7 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat Seven – 9:20PM

One of the most exciting heats of the night as we get to see superstar Hooksy take on the up and coming Deadly Clear and Summer Wages. Hooksy is going to start at a short quote but it will take a brave punter to take him on. On Monday night he showed that he is back to his best with a slick 25.17 Shepparton win and if he steps cleanly tonight, onlookers will have their eyes glued to the semaphore board awaiting to see what he stops the clock at.

Deadly Clear is an explosive talent but he can sometimes be unreliable at box rise, however when he does hit the ground there aren’t many chasers in the land that can match him for pure speed. He has had six weeks off and he should be ready to fire first up. It is worth noting he did score at Sandown three runs back in a ridiculous 29.12. Summer Wages has only had five starts and this clearly his toughest test but he did score at Sandown in 29.50 on debut and he will only get better with more racing. Pappa Gallo has been racing in good style of late and he can maybe run home into third spot.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 8 – Maturity Classic Heat Eight – 9:40PM

Another intriguing affair and I think we can find some value with Zipping Snoopy. Exciting sprinter Eliza Blanche is expected to start a short priced favourite, however from the pink box it is unlikely that she will get any favours. Zipping Snoopy finally showed his true potential when winning a heat of the Bendigo Cup in 23.68 a couple of weeks ago and if he can bring that form to town he should be able to get down to the 29.80 mark and that would be enough to win tonight. Lady Goldenpaw being drawn in the red can only enhance his chances as I would expect her to kick up and lead early and he should get the dream run through.

Oakvale Destiny looks the danger for mine, she has been racing in sensational fashion of late and she is capable of doing it at both ends. She is making her Meadows debut but she has showed in the past she is very adaptable and that shouldn’t pose too many problems. Eliza Blanche is obviously a chance but I believe she is extremely poorly drawn and she will have trouble crossing in the early stages.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Each Way Bet on Zipping Snoopy

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

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

 

Race 9 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat – 10:05PM

Another even affair and you’re probably going to laugh at my top selection but I’m a huge fan of Dyna Alchemist and I believe he is going to go round at big over’s tonight. I have been following this one since his debut at Ballarat and he has continued to impress me with every run. He needs to improve his box manners but he is going to be a class chaser for a long time to come. Clearly this is a big test for him tonight but at the $20 or better I think he is worth an each way ticket. Even if he doesn’t feature tonight, keep your eye on him in the future as I believe he is a star in the making.

Duchess Bale is a class act and she should make her presence felt, if I wasn’t such a fan of Dyna Alchemist she would clearly be my top pick. Remarkably she is unbeaten in her six tries here and she has a good habit of pinging the lids. With slow beginners either side she should get every chance to settle in the first two. Luca Neveelk is making his Metro debut and I think he may need a run or two in town before he shows his best. Sisco Rage could be the smokey in the event, he should get a nice cart across from Duchess Bale and he has been desperately unlucky in his recent performances.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Boxed Quinella: 5,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Win bets on Dyna Alchemist and Duchess Bale

Trifecta: 5,7,8/5,7,8/Field ($36 for 100%)

 

Race 10 – 525M Maturity Classic Heat Ten – 10:25PM

My Bro Fabio turned in an enormous performance at Sandown over 595m and although he is dropping back in distance, the effort was too good to ignore. After a slow start and finding bother he in the run, he unleashed a withering finishing burst before going down narrowly to the classy Musquin Bale in good time. He is likely to get back early again but he should be able to work his way through the field and he does have a dazzling 29.69 PB over this journey.

Stilton Blue is a gun NSW speedster who has joined the powerful Robert Britton kennel. He is normally a faultless beginner and he has been racing in great style in his home state. I’m assuming that connections would have trialled him here in preparation for this and if My Bro Fabio is out the back finding bother I would expect Stilton Blue to steal the prize. Bayman Bale showed that he is back to his best with a sizzling 25.86 Warragul win and he may be the value at double figure odds. If he was to step cleanly he has sufficient speed to lead and he can run time on the bunny.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

Race 11 – Maturity Classic Heat Eleven – 10:42PM

Campaspe Will has won three of his four tries over this journey and after a month off he should be primed to put his best foot forward. He is clearly one of the fastest chasers in the series and all he needs is an ounce of luck and he will get the cash. Fortunately for him, he has slow beginners drawn either side and that should allow him to get sufficient room to muster speed in the early stages. I would love to see him land on the bunny as I believe he can run sub 29.70 on the lure.

Jubilea Bale is another up and comer who should progress well through this series. Two starts ago he scored a sizzling 29.57 Sandown Park win and the most impressive part of that victory was her 4.98 first section. If she begins like she did at Sandown she should lead easily and she will prove very hard to reel in. Dyna Orion returned to form from this draw last week with a smart 30.02 win, however he can bomb the start at times and he can’t afford to make too many mistakes tonight.

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Trifecta: 4,6/1,2,4,6/1,2,3,4,6 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race 12 – Maturity Classic Heat Twelve – 11:00PM

Dyna Ostrander has come up with the gun draw and I think he will finally get his chance to show his best. Five starts ago he scored a brilliant 29.85 Geelong win and since then he has raced with minimal luck. I have a huge opinion of this chaser and I think he can be class chaser for a long time to come. From the red he should have sufficient speed to lead and I think they will have their work cut out trying to reel him in whilst running sub 29.90. With the likes of All Strung Out and Humphrey Bale in the field, we should be able to get some value at around the $4 mark.

All Strung Out is a class act and in time he is going to be the countries number one stayer, however at present he is racing in great style over the sprint trip and last week he powered to the line when scoring in 30.11. He is poorly drawn out in the pink but he is good enough to overcome these difficulties. Humphrey Bale does his best racing here and he has been racing in open class for some time now, whilst Seabrook Sam has been turning heads of late with some sizzling Warrnambool wins. Seabrook Sam didn’t have a lot of luck in his Meadows debut last week but with a clean getaway tonight he can make amends.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 -3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Ostrander

Trifecta: 1,8/1,8/Field ($10 for 100%)

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

 

Quaddie

Leg 1: 2,3,7,8
Leg 2: 1
Leg 3: 2
Leg 4: 1,2,6,8

$16 for 100%

 

Best Bets

Race 4, Bottom Dollar

Race 6, Warrior King

Best Roughies

Race 3, Zipping Brock

Race 9, Dyna Alchemist

2014 Group Two Bendigo Cup Preview

Bendigo hosts Group Two racing on Friday night with the final of the Bendigo Cup taking place. Eight greyhounds will exit the boxes for the 425 metre trip at 9:10pm.

Many have commented that the field isn’t the strongest field to contest the Bendigo Cup (dogs the ilk of Black Magic Opal and Paw Licking contested the last Cup final), but the winner still gets to walk away with the $45,000 cheque and Group honours.

There are plenty of chances in this open field. Here is a look at the form-guide and some comments on each of the finalist’s hopes:

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.50
Heat Replay
 
Pippa Shiraz
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Treloar syndicate
Prizemoney
$77,235.00
Last 10 Starts
4713342F11
43 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Phiona
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,246.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
62 18 15 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 2 2
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “I have the two slowest qualifiers so I am not overly confident. However, in saying that I have drawn really well as they have drawn the boxes they ewant. I’m not underestimating the fact that other dogs went quicker.”
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
24.07 24.07 6.59 6.59
Box 2
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Flying Bolt
Trainer
Andrew Mooney
Owner
Andrew Mooney
Prizemoney
$26,065.00
Last 10 Starts
6573812671
38 Months   Black & White   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane - Itza Choker
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $457.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
57 14 9 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 47%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 5 3 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Returned to the winner’s circle last week in a big upset, scoring at odds of 45/1. He is a track specialist but is a steady beginner and that may work against him in a Group final.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.58 23.93 6.48 6.56
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Snoopy
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan syndicate
Prizemoney
$16,380.00
Last 10 Starts
1741363241
29 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad - Cho Chang
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $745.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 6 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Fastest heat winner who had his first win since April when taking out his Bendigo Cup heat. He was able to lead all the way from box three, the box he has drawn for this final. It will be interesting to see if he can repeat last week’s performance.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.68 23.68 6.55 6.55
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
P Kleeven
Prizemoney
$33,025.00
Last 10 Starts
1111111111

26 Months

  Blue   Dog   by  

Talk’s Cheap

- It’s A Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,540.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 12 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
92% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Extremely talented greyhound who gets his chance to prove himself in his first Group race final. He has won 12 from 13 and with that kind of record, it is hard to bet against him.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.87 23.87 6.60 6.60
Box 5
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
White Spyro
Trainer
Craig Davis
Owner
Craig Davis
Prizemoney
$33,185.00
Last 10 Starts
3222311131
26 Months   White & Black   Bitch   by   Disintergrate - Hanify’s Elite
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $1,229.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 10 4 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 2 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 1 2
Comments: ARG opinion is – Flew out last week and a repeat of that will see her leading this field. If she can get to the front, she may just cause the upset.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.79 23.79 6.48 6.48
Box 6
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Elite Devil
Trainer
Michelle Mallia-Magri
Owner
J Rosser
Prizemoney
$26,865.00
Last 10 Starts
1764342121
33 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Collision - Fourpeat Elite
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $726.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 10 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 3 0
Comments: Michelle Mallia-Magri (Trainer) – “I’m hoping he wins. He is in with a big chance. There is no pace on his outside and the dog on his inside has pace so that might pull him out of the box. I would rather be drawn closer to the rail. He loves Bendigo and trialled 23.79 as a pup. Every dog is in with a chance. Most of the dogs in the final are strong but have no early pace so if you can begin well and run a strong 500 you can win it.”
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.86 23.86 6.61 6.61
Box 7
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
 
Warrior King
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
T S Wales syndicate
Prizemoney
$82,780.00
Last 10 Starts
2112344451
28 Months   Red Brindle   Dog   by   Turanza Bale - Flamenco
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,670.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 11 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Class dog of the field who has been in and placed in a number of Group finals. His form had been an bit off since the Easter Egg but he performed strongly last weekm suggesting he may be coming back into form. He is a fair beginner bit can show pace if he gets the room. He can’t be written off in this field.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.48 23.84 6.72 6.72
Box 8
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Senor Socks
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Senor syndicate
Prizemoney
$19,115.00
Last 10 Starts
1151681111
27 Months   Black & White   Dog   by   El Grand Senor - Irish Fantasy
Start Risky Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $956.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 12 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “I have the two slowest qualifiers so I am not overly confident. However, in saying that I have drawn really well as they have drawn the boxes they ewant. I’m not underestimating the fact that other dogs went quicker.”
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
24.06 24.06 6.66 6.66
1st Res
Race Odds
$31.00
Heart Replay
 
Top Secret
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
P Westerveld
Prizemoney
$27,230.00
Last 10 Starts
7148222832
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale - Witch Fantasy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,297.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 4 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Made the final of the earlier instalment of the Bendigo Cup this year but ran last to Paw Licking. He then went on to have a month off an returned to racing in early June for two placings. He is a young dog that is showing plenty of talent but he will need some luck if he gets a start.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 23.89 6.60 6.63
2nd Res
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
My Kinda Music
Trainer
Alan Pringle
Owner
J Jones
Prizemoney
$33,670.00
Last 10 Starts
1111413182
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   El Grand Senor - Ice Dancer
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,871.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Fast bitch who is an each way chance if she gets a run. Performed well at her first look at the track behind fastest heat winner Zipping Snoopy.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 23.93 6.63 6.63

This is a hard race to pick as the best boxed dog (Pippa Shiraz) is the slowest qualifier. She has only been unplaced once from eight starts from the rails alley. It is always a bonus to lead a Group race as it gives you more of a chance. She will need to lead to factor but given her record from the box she is an each-way chance. In a similar situation is Senor Socks. He recorded 24.06 last week from box eight. He has drawn that box again and the wide alley suits him down to the ground. The trainer of both these greyhounds has stated that the box draw brings these two dogs into the race.

The middle boxes look to hold the key to the race. Fastest heat winner Zipping Snoopy is in box three and next to him in box four is star on the rise, Luca Neveelk. The yellow rug will be donned by White Spyro, who recorded the fastest first section last week and a repeat of that will see her leading again. Luca Neveelk should improve on his run from last week as it was his first race start at the track last week. He has won his last 10 races, which is outstanding for any greyhound and he would not look out of place with a Group win to his name.

Class can never be ignored, so Warrior King, from box seven, has to be given some consideration. He is an experienced Group campaigner and has a flying 23.48 to his credit at the track.

Of the others, Elite Devil loves Bendigo but he has to contend with a tricky box six draw. Flying Bolt, from box two, is unlikely to salute at big odds two weeks in a row.

Background To The Bendigo Cup

This week will see the second running of a Bendigo Cup in 2014. This, presumably, is to avoid having a gap of 16 months or so between competitions, with the new plan of staging the club’s flagship race in late June, early July instead of late March, early April.

In some ways it is easy to take it for granted that Bendigo has been a long-time successful operation, but the truth is that for about a decade after it opened (in March 1956), it struggled. Racing behind a mechanical lure in Victoria had only just been introduced; before that, races were run behind a pacemaker. Owners, trainers and the general public were used to seeing pacemakers, not a mechanical lure, and so nominations for the new Bendigo track were often small.

Inaugural Running

The first Cup was run in 1957, over 400 yards (366 metres) and annexed by Cantee. As to the actual date, placings, times and the rest, information appears to be almost non-existent. The brindle son of Rocket Jet (out of Magenta), Cantee won 12 races in his career, including the 1957 Harold Park Classic (now Vic Peters Memorial Classic).

Distances

Once more the early years are a little hazy. Between 1957 and possibly 1971, it was run over 400 yards. There are gaps where the winners for 1962-1964, 1966-1967, and 1969 are officially ‘unknown’. Certainly in 1972 the race was run over 535 metres, as a handicap. In 1973 the distance changed to 528 metres and was run as a handicap until 1978. No race was run in 1979. In 1980 it was run over 430 metres, but in 1981 it went to the new distance of 545 metres. Between 1982 and 2014 the Cup has been run over 430 metres, apart from 2001 when it was held over 545 metres.

When Is The Race Run

From 1986, and possibly, or probably, since its inception, the race was held in either November or December. This continued until 1994. No event was held in 1995, and from 1996 until 2000 it was run in March. The 2001 final was run in January. Then from 2002 until 2014 it was finalised in either March or April. Now it will move back to a June/July date.

Biggest Winning Margins

Of those for which I have information, the biggest margin is owned jointly by 1972 victor Leicester Edie and 2006 winner Dragway Flex, both scoring by seven lengths. Next best is Thorgil Tex who won the 1994 final by six lengths.

Closest Winning Margins

There have been plenty of these. Naphlio (1988), Hard Rain (1990), He’s Jake (1991), Lansley Bale (1998), and Paw Licking (April 2014) all won by a head. Hey Brother (2002) scored by a neck and Buka Sunset (1987) by a long neck.

Most Successful Trainer/s

Graeme Bate with Lansley Bale (1998), Dragway Flex (2006) and Taipan Bale (2009), and Jason Thompson with El Galo (2008), Peggy May (2012) and Ronan Izmir (2013) share the honours with three apiece. Tom Dailly with Whitten’s Legend (2000) and Renzo Bale (2001), and Robert Britton with Hey Brother (2002) and Airbourne Bale (2007) are next with two each.

Only Dual Winner/s

None.

Only Reserve/s To Win

None I’m aware of.

Dual Finalists

Natsody Beau (third 1997 & 1998), Open Country (fifth 1997, fourth 1998), Power Zone (second 1998 & 1999), Go Diesel (seventh 1998, third 1999), Smack Wallop (second 2004, Won 2005), Dyna Checa (seventh 2006 & 2007), Taipan Bale (second 2008, Won 2009), Stagger (eighth 2012, third 2013), Ronan Izmir (Won 2013, fourth 2014).

Some Beaten Stars

Hot Spell (second 1987), Bee Sting (third 1987), Freewheeler (third 1988), Rodeo Blue (second 1989), Young Darren (sixth 1997), Solve The Puzzle (eighth 1998), Miss Tantine (fourth 2000), Railroad Wish (second 2001), Zaability (second 2002), Big Smig (third 2002), Creative Wish (third 2004), Collide (fourth 2005), Paddy’s Flame (third 2008), Dyna Tron (second 2012), Arizona Dozer (fourth 2013), Black Magic Opal (seventh 2014)

Additional Notes

When Leicester Edie won in 1972, the first prize was $1,000. In 1987, when Buka Sunset was successful, he took home $4,000. Lansley Bale collected $12,000 for his 1998 victory, Renzo Bale $16,000 in 2001, and Hey Brother $20,000 in 2002. Peggy May earned $40,000 in 2012 and Paw Licking took out $43,750 earlier in 2014.

Mets Man, an Irish import by the American sire Sandman, took out the 1989 Bendigo Cup. Smooth Approach (1975 Winter Stake, Harold Park), Dunmain Scholar (1975 Anniversary Trophy, Olympic Park & 1976 Victorian National Distance Championship State Final), and Kanangra Band (1977 Dave Alexander Memorial, Harold Park) are the only other Irish imports to have won a major race in Australia.

Changing Of The Guard In Bendigo Cup Heats

For the past eighteen months Victorian Country Cups have been dominated by the magnificent sprinting trio Paw Licking, Ronan Izmir and Black Magic Opal however with two retired and the other on the sidelines the time is right for an emerging star to step up to the next level and the TAB Bendigo Cup to be run next Friday night may just produce that runner.

After mixed fortunes for some of the fancied pre post runners in the heats an intriguing final has been compiled for the 425m event worth $45,000 to the winner.

One of Victoria’s most promising up and coming sprinters Luca Neveelk could not have been more impressive in a determined heat win clocking a slick 23.87 however he must contend with an awkward box four draw in the final if he is to claim his first black type trophy.

Luca Neveelk’s victory took his record to twelve wins from just thirteen career starts and he could not have been more impressive after having to work hard in the early stages to gain clear galloping room before proving far too strong for the smart Universal Size in the run to the line.

The fastest heat time was recorded in the eighth and final heat when Zipping Snoopy uncharacteristically exploded out of the boxes and clocked slick sections en route to an effortless 23.68 victory and like Luca Neveelk he will carry the same rug in the final as he did in the heat – the white.

Coincidentally four of the eight finalists will line up in the final carrying the identical rug colour to their heats after Warrior King and Senor Socks drew seven and eight respectively in both heats and final.

Warrior King proved too strong for the free rolling Matt’s Entity and Top Secret over the concluding stages of his heat when he clocked 23.84 while Senor Socks looks ideally drawn out wide after using the eight alley to perfection registering 24.06 in his run off.

Senor Socks is one of two finalists for trainer Robert Britton who will rug up the “wing” runners with Pippa Shiraz, a 24.07 heat winner drawing nicely in box one.

Bendigo track specialist Flying Bolt showed a glimpse of his old form when running down the highly talented and odds on favourite Harry Keeping in 23.92 and he will start from box two in the final.

Recent Wagga Cup winner White Spyro never gave his more fancied opposition a chance when he flew the lids and ran away with a 23.78 heat win from box eight however he moves to box five for the final and Elite Devil moves from the suitable inside draw of box two where he saluted in 23.85 to a tough box six draw.

The Group 2 TAB Bendigo Cup final will be race seven on Friday night at 9.10pm and will highlight a card of racing that includes the $10,000 to the winner 3BO FM 93.5 Winter Cup final over 660m, the GRV VBIS Maiden Series final over 425m ($7,500 to the winner) and the Bendigo Advertiser Super GOBIS final over 500m.

Racing on Friday night commences at 7.10pm.

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Group Two WA Oaks Tips And Betting Preview

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Race 4 – 530M WA Oaks Heat One – 10:09PM

The first heat looks to be a battle between three classy speedsters in Liara Allen, Oakvale Flyer and Replica Queen. All three have recorded numerous city wins and they can also test the clock. After accessing each chasers strengths and weaknesses, it’s hard to look past Victorian star Oakvale Flyer. The Robert Britton trained chaser has already made a number of Group Race Finals and two starts ago she smashed a quality line-up when scoring at Sandown Park in 29.48. Obviously the early speed of Lady Goldenpaw may be a concern, however Oakvale Flyer has the unique ability to win races by either leading or coming from off the speed.

Liara Allen returned to form with a strong 30.22 Meadows win from this draw last week and with some luck early she should figure prominently again. Her box manners aren’t the best, however she has a slow beginner drawn directly outside and she should get every chance to drive through at the first bend. The fact that she has raced here previously also enhances her chances. Replica Queen is one of WA’s up and coming stars and she has a tremendous record here having won eight of twelve and she boasts a slick 30.46 PB. She is normally a lid pinger and she is likely to set the pace, my only concern is that in her previous races she has not had a lot of pressure applied to her mid race. Tonight I’m anticipating her to be feeling a lot of heat from a few runners off the back straight and she will need to pull out a big effort to hold off some of her stronger competitors. It is a very interesting and strong heat and the winner should come from one of those three.

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Oakvale Flyer

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

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

 

Race 5 – 530M WA Oaks Heat Two – 10:32PM

Another quality line-up look set to do battle. Victorian superstar Mepunga Hayley should start short odds and if she can do everything right she should advance to next week’s rich final. Last week at The Meadows she bombed the start and she continued to find trouble in the run, however she picked herself up and continued to hit the line strongly. Prior to that defeat she had strung together five consecutive wins and they were all in explosive fashion. During that stretch she was pinging the lids and recordings sizzling sectionals. There is a little bit of early speed in this event, but if she happens to step on terms she will have too much natural speed for her rivals.

Queensland Speedster Le Sirenuse is making her WA debut and comes here with strong open class form in her home state. Her box manners can be a little bit of a concern at times but when she hits the ground she does muster pace at a rate of knots. Although she is a keen railer, tonight’s draw shouldn’t be too much of a disadvantage. From the pink if she misses the kick she will still get plenty of room to muster speed. Free Candy appears to be the only other winning hope in this event, she has won six of 15 here and her quick 30.46 PB was recorded in her last start win. She isn’t armed with an abundance of early speed but if she gets enough room in the first 50m she should be able to hold her position.

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 2/7,8/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race 6 – 530M WA Oaks Heat Three – 10:50PM

This is probably the most exciting heat for mine. WA star Gone To Heaven will do battle with two gun interstate visitors in Mepunga Moss and Chica Destacada. It’s always hard to tip against the home field advantage but I am a huge fan of Chica Destacada. Prior to her last start defeat she really caught my eye with two blistering Wentworth Park wins in 29.51 and 29.49 respectively. Her latest win was from an awkward draw so tonight’s wide draw shouldn’t be too much of a concern.

Victorian raider Mepunga Moss is another who has been racing in sizzling form of late. Three starts ago she led throughout at Sandown when scoring in 29.43 and she followed that effort up with a brilliant second behind the in form Mepunga Hayley. She has a fair bit of pace drawn outside her tonight but she should have sufficient speed to fire through early. Local star Gone To Heaven rounds out the winning chances, she has the tremendous record of 10 wins from 16 tries here and she boasts a ridiculous 30.09 PB. My only concern with her is that she has been a tad disappointing in her past few and if she isn’t on the bunny she doesn’t always show her best.

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 3,7/3,7/Field ($10 for 100%)

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

 

Race 7 – 530M WA Oaks Heat Four – 11:07PM

Oakvale Destiny is another star Victorian and he should give the Britton family another finalist. Two starts ago she unleashed a powerful finishing burst to score at Sandown Park in a smart 29.67 and on that effort she should have their measure here. The empty draw underneath should enhance her chances and I can see her settling around third through the first turn and she should take over off the back straight. She is likely to start fairly short but she is all class and I would be very surprised if she got rolled.

Regal Patch looms as the likely danger to the favourite, last week she showed solid early speed and was far from disgraced when placed here in solid time. This is obviously her toughest test but I don’t think it is totally beyond her. Angels Chorus and Kerry Spice appear to be the other place hopes as both have been racing here in consistent style.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 6/1,2,7/1,2,3,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

Group One Peter Mosman Classic Heats Preview

The coveted Group One Peter Mosman Classic heats will kick off tonight at Wentworth Park, with an enticing $75,000 on offer for winning connections in three weeks time.

Six competitive heats will be conducted over the 520m distance, with the first four placegetters moving through to next week’s three semi-finals.

To be eligible for the series all runners were required to be born on or after 1st December 2011.

Heat one will jump at 8.07pm.

Heat One:

Group One Perth Cup winner Keybow returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since contesting the Golden Easter Egg heats back in April and comes off a second placing in the Group Two Queensland Derby a month ago. Darren McDonald’s charge has a sizzling 29.45 personal best at the track and will be primed for this event from box three. My Kinda Music attracted plenty of attention during the New Sensation series at Wentworth Park in April, where she finished third behind the freakishly talented Hookesy in 29.36. Trained by Allan Pringle, the daughter of El Grand Senor and Ice Dancer recorded a flying 29.69 at headquarters last month.

Push It will be looking for her fourth straight win at the track after an impressive 29.70 performance last week from box three. Despite not having won from the outside alley, Dean Swain’s talented chaser has an excellent Wentworth Park record of three wins from six starts and the exceptional early pace to cross from out wide.

Heat Two:

Chica Destacada has returned to her brilliant best and produced a sensational 29.49 performance at the track two weeks ago, with an equally impressive 29.51 win the week prior. Doreen Drynan’s chaser has an outstanding record at headquarters with five wins from nine starts and despite the awkward box six, has enough early pace to trouble this classy field.

Jason Mackay’s Zipping Delta has come up with the coveted red rug and produced an outstanding 29.59 performance last week and a 30.61 run at Richmond the week before. The daughter of Bekim Bale will be doing her best work at the finish, so look for her to flash home. All Strung Out will be looking for his fourth straight win after solid performances at Warragul and Sandown Park over the past three weeks. He comes into this heat with plenty of confidence and will exit from box three.

Heat Three:

Darren McDonald has another strong hope in this heat with Tiggerlong Amigo, who has an excellent career record of nine wins from eighteen starts and has won four of his past five outings. An impressive 29.72 stewards trial at Wentworth Park on Monday and a handy box three draw makes this son of Cosmic Chief a huge threat to take out this heat. Oh So Striking comes off a win at the track on Monday night in 30.07 and recorded a flying 29.56 at Gosford last month, giving trainer Darren Sultana plenty of reasons to favour this son of Cosmic Rumble’s chances. Having won five of nine career starts, this greyhound can be risky at box rise, but has a huge motor that should see him figure at the finish. Hilda’s Boy shocked everyone with a near record 29.32 win at Gosford two weeks ago and a repeat of that performance should see this son of Just The Best challenging this field.

Heat Four:

Cawbourne Whip is in red-hot form at present and comes off a blistering 29.38 win at Wentworth Park last week and will only need to step cleanly to claim this affair for trainer Jodie Lord. The daughter of Dyna Lachlan and American Spot has a superb record at the track of four wins from seven starts and will be looking for her fourth straight win. Aurora Girl has a fast 29.72 personal best at the track which was recorded two weeks ago and is ideally drawn near the rails, with all of her career wins coming from boxes one and three. Trained by Marie Burton, the daughter of Cosmic Rumble can be risky at box-rise; however can find her way to the finish.

Lady Goldenpaw makes her debut at Wentworth Park for Victorian trainer Robert Britton and has some impressive personal best times, including 29.66 at Sandown Park, recorded back in March. The daughter of High Earner has good early pace and will need to use it, exiting from the awkward box six.

Heat Five:

Group Three New Sensation winner Hookesy returns to Wentworth Park for the first time since captivating the greyhound world with some sizzling performances around the two turn circuit, including a blistering personal best of 29.36. The son of Hondo Black trained by Tanya Auld, will have to overcome the testing box five, however should demonstrate another superb performance as one of the series favourites.

Unbelief has come up with the red rug and has an excellent Wentworth Park record of four wins from six starts and saluted impressively last week in 29.79. Rue De Kahn has produced solid form of late and last month recorded a flying personal best of 29.64. The Group One National Futurity winner has the ability to cross from the outside alley and push for a semi-finals berth next week.

Heat Six:

Tommy Brislane is airbourne at present, having won four of his past five outings, including a 29.74 performance at Wentworth Park and an equally impressive 26.17 win at Bulli. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mary Virginia has an outstanding career record of five wins from six starts and will give trainer Steve White a huge chance of making the semi-finals. Stilton Blue comes off a second placing in the Group Three Bulli Gold Plate and has a solid personal best at the track of 29.82.

Golden Easter Egg winning trainer Brooke Ennis returns to Wentworth Park with the talented Deadly Vane, who will exit from box eight and comes off an brilliant win at Shepparton in 25.05. The winner of 13 races from 22 starts has the pace to cross from the wide draw and will have plenty of watchers as he makes his Wentworth Park debut.

This Week in Racing History

MAY

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Josh won the 1949 Easter Stake, run over 800 yards (732 metres) on the loam track at Harold Park. Josh scored by a neck from Be Faithful, who had been knocked back to last at the start, running 44.0, 1/10th outside the track record then held by Be Faithful. On the same night, classy sprinter Dream’s Image annexed the Youthful Stakes, running 27.2 for the 500 yards (457 metres).

Busy’s Charm took out the 1969 Muswellbrook Championship, defeating Greenane Prince by two and a half lengths and running 33.1 for the 600 yards (548 metres).

15

Macareena suffered a rare defeat when she was beaten a head by Coal Lad in a match race over 425 yards (388 metres) at Dubbo in 1954.

South Australian sprint champion Bristol Sue won the 1975 Patron’s Cup, run over 512 metres at Angle Park, by a long neck from Pigalle King for trainer Doug Payne.

Tasmanian duo Chinatown Lad and Fallen Zorro ran first and second for trainer Shane Whitney in the final of the 2008 Sandown Cup. Chinatown Lad scored by almost five lengths from his kennelmate.

16

Pixie Eyes defeated Pebble’s Beach by just half a neck with New Wish three-quarters of a length away third in the 1991 final of the Sandown Cup.

The last meeting to be run on grass at Wentworth Park was held in 1992.

For possibly the first time ever in a major race, the 2013 Harrison-Dawson saw all eight finalists finish in box order. New Zealand sprinter Clone Your Own (box 1), prepared by Robert Britton, defeated Imry Bale (box 2) by a head with Queensland champion Glen Gallon (box 3) third. Schroder Bale (box 4), Premier Event (5), Hurricane Isaac (6), Garrick Bale (7), and Kevin Bale (8) finished fourth through to eighth repectively.

17

Milimsimbi, trained by Stan Cleverley, equalled the 450 yards (411 metres) track record at Cessnock in 1969, running 23.8. He took his record to three starts for three wins.

West Australian superstayer Miata won her heat of the 2012 Sandown Cup in 41.17 to smash the previous track record of 41.54, held by Lady Arko.

18

The Ed Tucker-trained Gold Grotto snared the 1972 Sandown Sprint Championship from Melbourne Cup winner Gerard The Gent with the classy Delbairn third. The field was arguably one of the best ever assembled for a major race with the likes of NSW St Leger winner Romantic Top fifth, and future Gabba star Garron Court sixth.

The wonderfully-named Isa Brown won the 2002 Australian Cup, the first conducted over the new distance of 525 metres. Trainer Robert Britton also rugged up Hey Brother, which finished sixth.

19

Future Queensland star Pied Rebel won his first race start, over 363 yards (331 metres) at Beenleigh, in 1969. Pied Rebel would win his first five race starts, including a track record at Tweed Heads and the Queensland Cup before being sent to Sydney to be trained by Paul Cauchi.

Woolley Wilson won a Free For All over 580 yards (530 metres) at Wentworth Park in 1973. The victory took the Geoff Watt-trained sprinter’s career prize money to $34,491, which made him the third-highest in Australian history behind Zoom Top and Shapely Escort.

20

Proven Lethal, prepared by Jason Thompson, won the 2004 Sandown Cup by almost four lengths from Springvale Jinx, running 42.12 to set a new track record.

Train A Journey took out the 2006 Maturity Classic at The Meadows, winning by four lengths from Red Legend and picking up $50,000 for trainer John Galea.

What You Might Like To Know About The Australian Cup

This race, the richest, or equal richest, in the country at times, is awash with history. This year will mark its 13th running over 525 metres at the Meadows, and it’s 56th overall. It’s also interesting to see what alleys have provided the most winners of the event since the move to the Meadows.

Inaugural Running

The first Australian Cup set the template for the prestige of the event. Run in 1958 as a handicap event over 675 yards (617 metres) at North Melbourne, the winner was the great Rookie Rebel, owned and trained by Wally Hooper. Rookie Rebel was the backmarker, off eight yards, and short-priced favourite. Despite a severe check at one point in the race, Rookie Rebel stormed home to defeat the smart NSW racer Magic Babe by three lengths in 36. 2/16ths, the fastest time registered in a handicap. He earned £800 ($1,600) for the victory.

Distances

The Australian Cup was run over 675 yards (617 metres) at North Melbourne as a handicap from 1958 to 1962. No race was held in 1963 when the move was made to Olympic Park. The new distance was 560 yards (511 metres) and it remained a handicap in 1964 and 1965. From 1966 to 1995 it was run at Olympic Park. When that track closed, the Cup took place over 515 metres at Sandown Park from 1996 to 1998. In 1999 it moved to the Meadows and was contested over 518 metres until 2001. Since 2002 it has been run over 525 metres at the Meadows.

When Is The Race Run

The first Australian Cup was held on 31 March 1958, and has been held either in late February or March through most of its history. The exceptions have been when it was run in May from 1995 to 1997 and again in 2002, and January in 1998 and 2000.

Dual Winners

Only the one: China Trip, in 1992 and 1993.

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Biggest Winning Margins

Eaglehawk Star won by seven and a half lengths in 1985; Brett Lee blitzed the 2001 field by seven lengths in the last Cup contested over 518 metres; South Australian speedster Ginger won by six and a quarter lengths in 1989; NSW champion Benjamin John scored by six lengths in 1969 and Listowel Sue won by five and a half lengths in 1977.

Closest Winning Margins

The dead-heat in 2003 between Blackjack Tom and Most Awesome is obviously the closest of all time. Old Tops won in 1964 by half a head, becoming the first winner of the race at Olympic Park and also the first from NSW. Regal Post downed Dundalk Star by a head in 1987. China Trip won both her Australian Cups, in 1992 and 1993, by a head. Black Diro won by half a neck in 1971.

Most Successful Trainers

Queensland mentor Jim Coleman was the first to train dual winners, in successive years with Ungwilla Lad (1975) and Odious (1976). Then Garry Ball trained China Trip to win two in a row. Darren McDonald prepared Brett Lee in 2001 and Pure Octane in 2005; Robert Britton put the polish on Isa Brown (2002) and Tasman Queen (2008); Andrea Dailly has scored with Dyna Lachlan (2010) and Spud Regis (2013), and Graeme Bate has one and a half winners: he prepared Blackjack Tom in 2003 (who dead heated) and Velocette in 2009.

Dual Finalists

Idle Mate (third 1958, second 1959), Cheltenham Lass (second 1966 & 1967), Fawn Nulla (third 1966, Won 1967), Ungwilla Lad (Won 1975, third 1976), Count D’Argent (fourth 1977, Won 1978), Tangaloa (second 1979, Won 1980), Franklin Deano (eighth 1990, Won 1991), China Trip (Won 1992 & 1993), Bomber Gleeson (third 1992 & 1993), Super Impact (seventh 1994, sixth 1995), El Galo (second 2008 & 2009), and High Earner (fell 2010, second 2011).

Some Beaten Stars

Magic Babe (second 1958), Shan’s View (sixth 1960), Dennis Direct (second 1961), Tamaroo (seventh 1962), The Stripper (second 1964), Takiri (eighth 1965), Cheltenham Lass (second 1966 & 1967), Kinta’s Son (fifth 1966), Miram Miss (sixth 1968), Petite Panther (second 1971), Milo’s Charm (second 1972), Bristol Miss (fifth 1972), Miss Baines (second 1973), Tempix (second 1980), Acclaim Star (sixth 1980), White Panther (eighth 1980), Chariot Supreme (sixth 1984), Acacia Park (eighth 1984), Legendary Kid (third 1986), True To Do (second 1993), Hotshot (fourth 1998), Reggemite (seventh 1999), Go Wild Teddy (second 2001), Dutchy’s Angel (third 2001), Cyrus The Virus (fifth 2003), Monster’s Inc (second 2004), Paua To Burn (seventh 2006), Train A Journey (second 2007), and Glen Gallon (seventh 2013).

Additional Notes

Meadow Vale (1960) was the first Tasmanian to win the Cup, defeating Fair’s Orders and thereby giving trainer Peter Reid the quinella.

Dennis Direct, the runner-up to Copeland in 1961, later went to the United States to race.

Take A Bow, who won in 1962 to take his record to eight wins from just 11 starts, including the Sandown track record, was the sire of 1969 winner Benjamin John.

Busy’s Warrior, third to Pete’s Advice in 1981, was later disqualified for a positive swab, and Hotshow Vintage, second to Arvo’s Express in 2000, was another who was later disqualified.

Apart from the 2003 dead-heat for first, there was a dead-heat for third, in 1987, between Fernando Prince and Shining Chariot.

The Australian Cup was the richest race in the country between 1960 (when it was worth £1,400 to the winner) and 1962 and from 1964 to 1979 (that year it shared equal billing with the Melbourne Cup, both races being worth $30,000 to the winner). In 1983 it was worth $50,000 and again became the richest race, until 1989. Since then, it has shared top billing in 1996, and 1998 to 2000.

Since the move to the Meadows and the 525-metre distance, winners have come out of six boxes, but the majority, perhaps not surprisingly, have exited box one (four winners). Box two has provided one success (St Pierre) and box three one and a half. No winner has worn the blue rug or the green. In fact, the last winner to come from box six was Brett Lee and I am fairly sure the last winner to come from box four was Franklin Deano in 1991.

2014 Group One Zoom Top Preview

The term “freak” is bandied around a little too loosely when it comes to racing animals in the modern era. But when it comes to greyhounds, Zoom Top is the very definition of the word.

The “fawn flash” was arguably the most versatile greyhound of all time. From the Richmond Oaks over 292 metres up the straight, to the 795 metre Beenleigh Cup, she could do it all, often in the same week.

In all, the flying fawn bitch known as Sweetie, raced 136 times between 1967 and 1969 for 68 wins, 25 seconds and 14 thirds and she amassed over $59,000 in prize-money.

It is only fitting that one of Australia’s top staying events is named in honour of the famous daughter of Black Top and Busy Beaver, who was prepared by the legendary Hec Watt.

This Saturday night the Zoom Top will take place at The Meadows, when eight of the best stayers in the country will contest the Group One= over 725 metres. The invitation-only race is worth $75,000 and has attracted a stellar field in 2014, who have won 136 career races and earned over $1.4 million in prize-money between them.

The race will take place at 8:40pm amid a card of absolutely top-shelf racing.

Let’s take a look at how they line-up;

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.60
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$177,850.00
Last 10 Starts
1117134112
32 Months   Red Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - Horizon Bale
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,560.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 15 6 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 2 0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) - “It was a great run last week in Perth and she has the box this week, hopefully we can go one better. There’s going to be a lot of pace in the race, but hopefully she can just sit right behind them and make the right decisions. “
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.16 42.20 4.52 4.52
Box 2
Race Odds 
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Maddison Dee
Trainer
Michael Chilcott
Owner
SMAKD Racing syndicate
Prizemoney
$92,395.00
Last 10 Starts
3175261141
47 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   El Galo - Oh Behave
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,232.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
75 17 12 13
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 3 3 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 3 3 1
Comments: Michael Chilcott (Trainer) - “She is going as good as she has ever gone. We drew a tough heat in Perth but you get that. She’s competed in three group-finals at the Meadows as well as the National Distance Final and had the pink box every time, so getting near the fence gives her half a chance. If she can go somewhere near her best sectional early and find the fence, all we will need is a bit of luck around that first corner to be a chance.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.68 43.18 4.56 4.67
Box 3
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Cheetah Zorro
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
C Garity & B Heawood
Prizemoney
$149,815.00
Last 10 Starts
1311723434
42 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Fallen Zorro
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,416.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
62 14 11 12
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 3 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 2 2
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “Cheetah Zorro put in an average run at The Meadows after her win in the Bold Trease at Sandown, then we struggled to get a race for a while because she is grade three at both city tracks. So we missed a number of opportunities at running over 700 and I do think that has played on her a bit. But I’ve been working hard on her to get her back. In Perth she didn’t have a lot of luck but again I was a little bit disappointed, but I don’t think she’d had enough runs over the 700 over the last month. I’ve stepped her work-rate up and she’s trialled quite well, so I think we are back on track.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.85 4.56 4.57
Box 4
 Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Benarkin
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Velocity Lodge syndicate
Prizemoney
$81,020.00
Last 10 Starts
4311512321

39 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Path to Power - Velocity Cloud
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Slow
Prizemoney Rating $2,025.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 16 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 2 1
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “You’re always a rough chance when you are a front runner but we will see what happens. He might not quite yet be a group class stayer, ability-wise it’s just a little bit too far for him at the top level. We nommed for the Rookie Rebel, if it was picked a couple of days later he would have been in after winning the Big Dog final. But when he didn’t make it I was more than happy to have a go at the Zoom Top. He does run the 720 but if those really good stayers get near him, e just can’t hold them out.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 5
Race Odds
$4.80
Heat Replay
 
Lucy Wires
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Geoffrey Collins
Prizemoney
$124,070.00
Last 10 Starts
1121514116
35 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Flying Penske - Okgo Box To Wire
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $4,963.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 13 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) - “Lucy Wires had a minor fibula injury after the Summer Distance Plate in Sydney.  It was a three-week injury and she’s trialled well. She will go into the race  fresh and whatever she does I think she will improve on the following week.  Still, she is a naturally strong dog and I’d say that running the distance isn’t  a problem for her like it might be with others.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.14 42.14 4.52 4.52
Box 6
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Destini Fireball
Trainer
Emilio Rinaldi
Owner
Riverwalk syndicate
Prizemoney
$521,970.00
Last 10 Starts
7252328325
47 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Greys Destiny
Start Good Running Wide Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $8,999.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
58 23 10 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 7 1 2
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0  1
Comments: Norm Rinaldi (Trainer) – “There is plenty of pace but he’s drawn out wide and he does like it out there on the track. A few of them might stumble out a bit and get tangled up, you never know, fingers crossed we have a bit of luck. We will be in there trying, don’t worry about that. He’s still capable, in Sydney (Summer Distance Plate) they gave him no hope but he lost by a nostril to Dyna Willow. That little bitch Dyna Willow, she is a tough campaigner, she’s a real up-and-comer.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.40 43.42 4.86 4.86
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Born Ali
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Noel Mugavin
Prizemoney
$ 227, 255
Last 10 Starts
1122811411
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Velocette - Born Princess
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,293 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
69 18 16 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 0 2 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) - “Born Ali is in some of the best form of her career. Since she has gone over the distance she has only been beaten a couple of times. She’s going really well.”

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.79 42.79 4.97 4.97
Box 8
Race Odds
$2.70
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Kayla
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$61115
Last 10 Starts
1511161111
27 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian - Amity Bale
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,365 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 10 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
71% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – For all of Tom Dailly’s expert comments, check out his podcast on the ARG website in which he discusses his chances and more. Dyna Kayla is one of the most promising stayers in the land and should land close to the speed from the favourable draw. She could go very close to taking this out.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.63 42.64 4.86 4.89
1st Res
Race Odds
$12.00
Heart Replay
 
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Leonard Jones
Owner
Leonard Jones
Prizemoney
$49650
Last 10 Starts
6151345116
26 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Mogambo - Off Springer
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,068 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 6 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 37.5%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 1 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Young bitch who has shown she can mix it with the best of them. Would more likely be a place chance at best should she gain a start in this top-quality field.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.67 42.78 4.56 4.69
2nd Res
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Gold Affair Two
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Martin Hanke
Prizemoney
$120710
Last 10 Starts
3213814623
47 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Texas Gold - Olga’s Affair
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,341 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
90 19 14 18
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 4 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Veteran bitch who has been consistent without winning of late. Led last weekend’s Group One Galaxy before finishing third. Could definitely give some cheek should she get a start.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.70 42.88 4.60 4.93

The bookends, Dyna Willow (1) and Dyna Kayla (8) look to hold plenty of keys in this race. Dyna Willow looks drawn to perfection and could well find herself with the perfect sit on Benarkin (4), who is the likely early leader. Youngster Dyna Kayla has to contend with the outside draw but has her share of early zip, it will be a good test of the up-and-comer.

Lucy Wires (5) has been given very little luck in the way of the box draw, but she is fresh. If she lands anywhere near the front, expect her to power home.

Born Ali (7) was terrific when she took out last week’s Perth Galaxy but will need luck from the wide draw, while Maddison Dee (2) may be well suited by the inside.

With so many genuine chances this shapes up as a superb Group One final, befitting of the Zoom Top insignia.

2014 Group One Galaxy Preview

One of the hottest fields for the Group One Galaxy is set to go around on Saturday night at Greyhounds WA Cannington at 8.27pm Perth time and it’s hard to not to sense the excitement and nerves for trainers and owners involved in the $80,000 race. WA has three chasers in the final; Linda Britton’s Reverberate (box 4), Paul Stuart’s Ash Flash (box 8) and Lionel Rees’ Hellmuth (box 6). The best chance is with Stuart’s young stayer Ash Flash, who is set to jump paying $4.50. Victorian Born Ali for Robert Britton holds favouritism overall, currently paying $2.80 for the Galaxy win.

Born Ali is not the only talented stayer that Victoria has to offer; Lenny Jones’ Sweet It Is won her heat in the third fastest time of 41.99. Infinite Wish has somewhat of an advantage after having an extra start at Cannington the week before heats. It helped her find the in the heat, taking the corners better then the following week, but she was unable to reel in a high flying Born Ali. Dyna Willow, Gold Affair Two, Born Ali and Sweet It Is will all benefit from their run last week so expect them to come out running quicker times.

Box 1
 
 
Race Odds
$2.80
Born Ali
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Noel Mugavin
Prizemoney
$147,255.00
Last 10 Starts
1411822111
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Velocette - Born
Princess
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,165.00 Rating 100 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
68 17  16 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 9 4 1 1
Comments: Kristie Collyer. (Handler): “Box One is definitely an advantage, especially with her early speed. Dyna Willow would be the dog to beat, if Born Ali is in front with Dyna Willow behind, there is a good chance she will run over the top of Born Ali.”
Best Canningtonl Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.71 41.71 15.52 15.52
Box 2
 
 
Race Odds
$4.00
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Leonard Jones
Owner
Leonard Jones
Prizemoney
$48,450.00
Last 10 Starts
1154315161
28
Months
  Black   Bitch   by   Mogambo - Off
Springer
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,202.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 22  6 0 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 41%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 2 0 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG comments - The inside box will improve her chances after jumping from box eight last week. She has the third fastest qualifying time coming into the race after running down fellow Victorian Gold Affair Two. 
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.99 41.99 15.95 15.95
 Box 3
 
 
Race Odds
$6.00
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steven Collins 
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$155,185.00
Last 10 Starts
1143171114
32
Months
  Red
Brindle
  Bitch   by   Collision - Horizon
Bale
Start Okay Running  Rail Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating  $4,083.00 Rating  96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 15 5 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 1 1 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  4 1 1 0

Comments: Tammy Collins (Handler) - “Dyna Willow prefers box three to any of the other boxes. It will come down to the first corner and what jumps and makes it to the front. Born Ali is the dog to beat from box one.”

Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.17 42.17 15.94 15.94
Box 4
 
 
Race Odds
$20.00
Reverberate
Trainer
Linda Britton
Owner
T Whittington &
G Sprod
Prizemoney
$72,790.00
Last 10 Starts
2132211111

38 Months

 

  Black   Bitch   by   Premier
Fantasy 
- Surpassing
Start Quick Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,347.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 54 15  13 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  15  6   4  4
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 5 2 1 0
Comments: Linda Britton. (Trainer): – ” Reverberate is a place chance at best. There is a lot of pace around her, so her only chance is if she leads the race. Over all she is an honest dog.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41`.97 42.51 15.64 15.89
Box 5
 
 
Race Odds
$10.00
Infinite Wish
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Ptn
Mgr S Smith
Prizemoney
$67,460.00
Last 10 Starts
2143762735
33
Months
  Black   Bitch   by   Premier
Fantasy 
- Jean
Jeannie
Start Good Running Middle Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $1,984.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 10 8 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 1 0 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment- (ARG comment): She is up one run on her other travelling companions which gives her a bit of an edge. She has a lot of early speed to contend with in the race so she will need to be a length in front of them on the first corner to have a good chance at winning the race.
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.90 41.90 15.63 15.63
Box 6
 
 
Race Odds
$65.00
Hellmuth
Trainer
Lionel Rees
Owner
L Rees &
J Rees
Prizemoney
$17,160.00
Last 10 Starts
2333361321
41 Months   Black   Dog   by   Mogambo - Lagoon
Magic
Start Average Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $286.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
60 4 8 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
7% 38%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  4 0 0 2

Comments: Trainer unavailable to comment (ARG comment) - With just the one win over the 715 metre trip this race looks very much out of the WA chaser’s reach. Hellmuth is also a slow beginner but has strength behind him.

Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.09 42.57 16.09 16.14
Box 7
 
 
Race Odds
$12.00
Gold Affair Two
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Martin Hanke
Prizemoney
$109,375.00
Last 10 Starts
2648131231
43 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Texas
Gold
- Olgers
Affair 
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,228.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
89 20 14 17
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  1   0  1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  11 2 3 2
Comments: Kristie Collyer (Handler)- “Gold Affair Two is going to have to come out of the boxes well to be in the race. Hopefully she gets carted across nicely to put her in a good position.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.09 42.09 15.47 15.47
Box 8
 
 
Race Odds
$4.50
Ash Flash
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Trevor Rhodes
Prizemoney
$48,615.00
Last 10 Starts
1114173211
32 Months   White   Bitch   by   Velocette - Ashleigh
Ella
Start Well Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,113.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 23 10   2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  4 3  0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
  4 1 0 1
Comments: Paul Stuart (Trainer) – “Ash Flash is probably a level below the Victorian dogs in the race but in saying that you can’t knock her form here; she ran good times at Cannington a couple of weeks ago which puts her up there with them. It is the first time she has raced against a really good field and the way she races she should appreciate having the good dogs in the race. She should get every opportunity to perform but there are some good dogs in the race.”
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.75 42.07 15.88 15.91
1st Res
 
 
Race Odds
$20.00
Dyna Werribee
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$59,585.00
Last 10 Starts
3153154736
29 Months   Red
Fawn
  Bitch   by   Surf
Lorian
- Corona
Bale
Start Okay Running Rail Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating $1,103.00 Rating 94 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 54 10   9 12
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: ARG opinion is - Dyna Werribee failed to jump last week which proved costly because Born Ali and Infinite Wish got enough of a lead to prevent Dyna Werribee from running the pair down. Her time although isn’t bad,it wouldn’t be enough to get her across the line if she gets a start in the final. 
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.19 42.19 15.91 15.91
2nd Res
 
 
Race Odds
$50.00
Sassy Bullet
Trainer
Michael Rees
Owner
Michael 
Rees
Prizemoney
$40,015.00
Last 10 Starts
3484743661

31
Months

  Black   Dog   by   Magic
Sprite 
- Sassy
Rebel 
Start Average Running Middle Finish Well
Prizemoney Rating  $1,134.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
56 18  4 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
 18 6 1 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Comments: ARG opinion is - Sassy Bullet has the ability to fly out of the boxes and break away from a pack but this Galaxy field has too much early pace and strength to let Sassy Bullet get away with too much if she gets a run. 
Best Cannington Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.06 42.20 15.53 15.73

 

 


2014 Galaxy Heats

Pedro’s Finest is set to pull on his racing rug for the 150th time in his career, taking away from the excitement of the big races for a split second. Although unable to make it through to the Group One Galaxy after running fifth in the heat last week, he will jump from box one for trainer John Iwanyk and the Pride Of Five syndicate in the 715m FFA.

Paws Of Thunder Champion Iona Seven Suffers Nasty Fall

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

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

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

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

2014 Perth Cup Heats Previewed

It’s finally that time of year for WA racing; when a number of Australia’s best greyhounds brave the heat for their working holiday in the West, with the end result a rug the Perth Cup final (530 metres) and a chance of winning $140,000.

Heat One:

General Destini has made the trip over to Perth for the second time. Last year he ran second in the Perth Cup heats from box four, running 30.56. Jumping from box one will increase his chance of winning the race dramatically, but he will have to improve on his best WA time of 30.43 if he is going to finish first across the line. He’s currently paying $2.80 for the win.

Andrea Dailly’s Hawk Alone is set to jump second favourite ($3.00) from box three. He comes to Perth without a win at Cannington from his three starts, but strength should be on his side after having multiple starts over 600 metres at the Meadows.

Keybow for Darren McDonald is the fourth visiting greyhound in the first heat. The youngster with only 16 starts to his name is set to jump from box two, paying $3.20 for his first WA start. The black dog came second in the Cranbourne Cup two starts back over their 520 metre distance. He came home well, which should hold him in good stead for the extra 10 metres he has to run at Cannington.

All four WA representatives are in double figure odds, West On Santo for Linda Britton jumped well last week and is in career best form. Box six won’t do him any favours, even though his best time was run from box five, and the jump in class may be too much. Paul Stuart’s Dannie Bale (box eight) has the WA experience and time of 30.31, but his form of late has not been great.

Heat Two:

WA holds favouritism in the second heat, with Paul Stuart’s chaser Hillbilly Flash jumping from box one and paying $2.00 in the pre-post markets. The white and black dog is searching for his fourth consecutive win and he ran a personal best time of 30.30 three starts back. He almost repeated his efforts last week running 30.35.

Victorian chaser Veyron Bale (box two) for trainer Andrea Dailly has had four starts at Cannington for one win in a time of 30.67. Two starts back at Wentworth Park he ran a best of the night performance over 520 metres in a heat of the Paws Of Thunder. The 520 metre trip at Wentworth Park is his longest distance recently, with multiple successful starts over 400 metres at Sale, Geelong and Ballarat; hopefully Cannington’s 530 metres won’t knock him around too much.

Linda Britton’s Enough Talking ($24.00) has run the second fastest recorded time coming into the heats. Although he is without a Cannington win for 14 starts, the black dog is slowly finding his form. He will have to do everything right from box six to win the race.

Heat Three:

Victorian Iona Seven ($1.60) for trainer Robert Britton has been in hot form of late, winning the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder. She has drawn out wide for her two wins and drawing box seven in the Perth Cup heat cant come as too much of a disappointment.

Ben Abercrombie’s speedy beginner Burzynski is jumping from box one and paying $4.50 for the win. He has the capability to cause problems if he can find the lead early, but has not won at Cannington in six starts. However, if he finds himself in front of the field early on, it will be a hard task for chasers to run him down.

Steven Collins’ Liara Allen ($6.00) is searching for her eighth win in her first start at Cannington. Her last three starts have been over distance, which should help her when it comes down to the final stages.

Heat Four:

Zelemar Fever is the deserving $1.60 favourite in the fourth heat of the Perth Cup. She is in flying form of late, breaking the 30-second barrier on three occasions; running her personal best time of 29.90 last week. The little black bitch has had superb box draws recently; wearing the red rug in three of her past six starts. Jumping from box seven this week is her only hurdle.

Linda Britton’s second chaser Te Amo (box four) is without doubt a speedy bitch. Her downfall a lack of strength over the 530 metre trip, especially when she has greyhounds like Mepunga Fearon and Zelemar Fever to contend with.

Mepunga Fearon ($15.00) has drawn box six for his second start at Cannington. Last week he found trouble on the first corner but ran home well to finish third. Although this is a tough heat, his run last week will give him a helping hand.

Heat Five:

WA’s traveling sensation and reigning Perth Cup winner Dyna Nalin will jump as the $2.00 favourite from box seven. He is yet to win since returning from a working vacation, finishing third and fifth. Despite his dip in form he is too talented to let the opportunity to take a second Perth Cup pass him by.

The Linda Britton trained Gone To Heaven has the least experience in the fifth heat, with only eight starts to her name. She has won on seven occasions, bit at her last start she finished fourth after finding trouble throughout. The sentimental bitch jumping from box five definitely has the speed to contend in the race. She ran her personal best time of 30.23 from the same box.

Andrea Dailly’s Allen Deed is jumping from box four paying $5.00 for the win. He’s also inexperienced, with just 11 starts and six wins. He is yet to race at Cannington but muse be respected after his Silver Chief heat victory.

Heat Six:

Dyna Beth for trainer Andrea Dailly is currently the $2.50 favourite and jumps from box three. Even without a win in her last four starts, the second place getter in the Melbourne Cup has enough class to take out the sixth heat of the Perth Cup.

Paul Stuart’s Fancy Dreamer has a perfect record from his six starts at Cannington and his fastest winning time of 30.22 from box six is the fastest of the WA competitors in the heat. He is currently paying $3.00 to win from box seven.

High Recall is a talented up and comer from the Britton kennels. She has won seven of her 10 starts, the majority of them in impressive times. The little black bitch ran her fastest time of 30.32 over the 530 metre trip two weeks ago. Her inexperience against this class of dogs will be her main issue.

Heat Seven:

Silver Chief winner Ollie Bale is set to jump as the $2.40 favourite from box six for Andrea Dailly. His first start at Cannington will prove a hard one, with Star Recall and Crump both past runners at Cannington and in good form.

Star Recall for Linda Britton is jumping from box five and paying $5.00 for the win. The little black bitch has won on five occasions from just eight starts. Her inexperience may work against her in this class, although her past four starts have all been wins at Mandurah. The jump in distance may also make things a little hard for the youngster.

Crump has returned to WA for his first Perth Cup series, after last travelling to WA for the Group 2 Derby. He won his Derby heat in an impressive 30.38, but he was unable to overcome box eight in the final finishing fourth to Boris Fields. Jumping from box four in the Perth Cup heats Crump is paying $3.80 to defeat this talented field.

Heat Eight:

Both Sveta Monelli and Prue Bale hold $2.50 favouritism in the last heat of the Perth Cup. Sveta Monelli has recently defeated the likes of On Coin and Zelemar Fever and is in career best form. She looks hard to beat from a WA perspective, even from box six.

Victorian Prue Bale has the red for only the second time in her career and she’s a last start winner at the Meadows from box four. Prue Bale will not be able to give Sveta Monelli much room if she wants to secure a rug in the Perth Cup the following week.

Awesome Project ($7.50) for Darren McDonald is searching for his sixth consecutive win from mostly outside box draws. Wearing the pink rug on Saturday night shouldn’t come as too much of a disappointment after his recent box draws and strength should be on his side after successfully competing over 600 metres at the Gosford racetrack.

Out of the 64 greyhounds that are competing in the $10,000 to the winner heats of the Perth Cup, only eight will earn their rugs and privilege to race in WA’s biggest event, the Perth Cup. The box drawn for the Perth Cup will be drawn out on Sunday the 2nd of February at the Greyhounds WA industry night.

As trainers prepare their greyhounds for the Perth Cup series they spare a thought for Brenda and John Crossley, who are unable to race their superstar On Coin, who fell two weeks ago and sustained a shoulder injury. On Coin would have been a serious contender in the Perth Cup heats.

Iona Seven Is The 2014 Paws Of Thunder Champion

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

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

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


2014 Paws Of Thunder Final

2014 Group Two Sportingbet Summer Distance Plate Preview

Lucy Wires (5) came out humming last week to go within a whisker of the track record and qualify the fastest for the Group 2 Sportingbet Summer Distance Plate at Wentworth Park on Saturday night. The final is Race 6 on the card at 9:10pm.

Box 1
 
 
Race Odds
$9.00
Destini Fireball
Trainer
Emilio Rinaldi
Owner
Riverwalk syndicate
Prizemoney
$511,970.00
Last 10 Starts
4372523283
46 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Greys Destiny
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,142.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
56 23 9 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 6 2 3
Comments: Norm Rinaldi (Trainer):Fingers crossed. He’s had an interrupted preparation after he pulled a toenail out and we’ve been getting him back from that. From box one, we’ll see what happens. He went okay last week, he’s a little bit under-prepared but hopefully he’ll give a good showing. He’s over the toenail now and should give a good account of himself.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.28 42.28 16.25 16.25
Box 2
 
 
Race Odds
$3.60
 Smart Valentino
Trainer
Mark Swift
Owner
Mark Swift
Prizemoney
$151,425.00
Last 10 Starts
3314211122
34
Months
   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Smart Betsy
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,326.00 Rating  X
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 14 6 6
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 5 3
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 1 1
Comments: Mark Swift (Trainer) – “He loves Wentworth Park, he always performs well there. I like him close where he is rather than out. I think Lucy Wires and Benarkin will lead him as he has no early speed but if he’s sitting in the top four he can run them down providing Lucy Wires doesn’t get too far ahead.  When he went the 41.88 there a while back, his run home was better than hers (Lucy Wires) the other night. He made the wrong decision in his heat last week. He’s just got to let them not get too far ahead. They’re good dogs and you’ve just got to hope for a bit of luck.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.88 42.26 16.34 16.54
 Box 3
 
 
Race Odds
$17.00
Set To Shine
Trainer
Robert Mumford
Owner
George Tsohalis
Prizemoney
$51,265.00
Last 10 Starts
1225818434
41
Months
  White & Black   Bitch   by   Mandagery Man - Princess Tayah
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $899.00 Rating  X
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
57 13 8 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 54%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 4 3 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 1 3 2
Comments: George Tsohalis (Owner) – “We are hoping. We had a setback after the third in the Summer Cup and we’ve nursed her along. She has had very little work coming into this series. To do well, she has to be up there early as you can’t give these dogs a start. If she can get in front of Destini Fireball and lob on the rail, I’m confident she can run a place.  It depends on what Lucy Wires does, if she jumps out it’s all over. I’m extremely happy with the draw.” 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.25 42.79 16.22 16.65
Box 4
 
 
Race Odds
$13.00
Benarkin
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Velocity Lodge syndicate
Prizemoney
$50,090.00
Last 10 Starts
1124311512

38 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Path To Power - Velocity Cloud
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating  $1,353.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 15 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is - Led a long way last week and was run down by a more seasoned stayer. May well lead here again but there will be plenty waiting to pounce in the closing stages of the race.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.59 42.59 15.97 15.97
Box 5
 
 
Race Odds
$2.50
Lucy Wires
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Geoffrey Collins
Prizemoney
$124,070.00
Last 10 Starts
4112151411
34 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Flying Penske - Okgo Box To Wire
Start Risky Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $5,169.09 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 13 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
54% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “Lucy Wires is my best chance I think based on last week and the time she ran. The box draw has turned the race upside down. The last two times she has come out good, has been from inside boxes. I think she will be very hard to beat if she gets a clear run in the first half of the race.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.82

41.82

16.15 16.15
Box 6
 
 
Race Odds
$5.00
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$105,185.00
Last 10 Starts
7541117134
31 Months   Red Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - Horizon Bale
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,922.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 13 5 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 2 0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) – “It is a tough race, she’s going to need a bit of luck early and she’ll be in it. She missed the start last week but the six also came down on her and had her twisted sideways all the way into the corner.  She doesn’t like a lot of pressure like that either, so if she can jump with them and sort of have a bit of room to muster she’s okay.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.92 42.52 16.14 16.77
Box 7
 
 
Race Odds
$21.00
Mimicking
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Cherie Ivers
Prizemoney
$124,778.00
Last 10 Starts
3343553123
49 Months   Black   Dog   by   Flying Penske - Classy Creek
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,450.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
86 15 18 21
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
17% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 0 3
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 0 6
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) - “He makes every second final, but doesn’t win a lot, but saying that he’s the type of dog that could run a place. He is going well at the moment. If it turns out to be one of those roughly run races, he’d be the dog you would be looking at as he will be coming home with a wet sail.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.71 42.71 16.86 16.93
Box 8
 
 
Race Odds
$9.00
Born Ali
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Noel Mugavin
Prizemoney
$137,255.00
Last 10 Starts
1511122811
37 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Velocette - Born Princess
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,080.00 Rating  X
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 16 16 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 35%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 2 4 2
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) -I was absolutely wrapped with her run last week. I’m a bit disappointed she drew the eight. She hadn’t been to Wentworth Park over the distance and I expect she can be a big improver in the race if she can get a clean run.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.35 42.35 16.33 16.33
1st Res
 
 
Race Odds
$13.00
Freddy’s Smile 
Trainer
Toby Weekes
Owner
T Weekes & F Elniz
Prizemoney
$34,920.00
Last 10 Starts
2241214125
39 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Midnight Movie
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $812.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 11 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: ARG opinion is - Has returned from a successful Victorian campaign. He’s yet to win at Wentworth Park over the staying trip and will need some luck to feature.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.63 16.21 16.44
2nd Res
 
 
Race Odds
$17.00
Dyna Werribee
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$56,630.00
Last 10 Starts
1362745135

32
Months

  Red Fawn   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian - Corona Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,089.00 Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 9 9 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
17% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Comments: ARG opinion is: She hasn’t run a place at Wentworth Park and has not run anything flash at the track to date. Will struggle if she gets a start.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.24 16.60 16.90

This will be an interesting final. Lucy Wires (5) isn’t generally known for leading and many will be wondering if she can do it three times in a row, after pinging the lids in a handicap event at The Meadows, and in last weeks heat. She has box five for the final, a box she hasn’t started from before. If she doesn’t lead, she will need to put herself in a position where she isn’t being knocked around by other dogs in the run to the first turn.

Destini Fireball (1) has been a grand Group race campaigner and he’s drawn the suitable inside draw. He was chasing Lucy Wires for a long way last week. He could very well lead from this draw, but he will have to contend with Benarkin (2) early as Benarkin showed great early speed to break 16 past the post the first time. He was eventually run down by Born Ali (8) who will be drawn on the extreme outside for this final. She won her first start over 720 metres at Wentworth Park last week in 42.35. She will have to run quicker then that to win this final.

Dyna Willow (4) was hampered early last week but if she leads this week, it will be hard for anyone to get hold of her on the line as she has recorded 41.92 on two previous occasions at the track. Set To Shine (3) needs to be up there early to be a chance. She has had a hampered preparation, but is getting fitter each run and did run third here in the Summer Cup in December.

Mimicking (7) will be back near the tail of the field early, but he always runs an honest race and depending on what happens in the run he can always run home for a place, as he has never been unplaced over this distance at Wentworth Park.

A big danger in the race is track specialist Smart Valentino (2). He would have gotten a lot closer to Lucy Wires last week but he made the wrong decision rounding the home turn and climbed all over the back of Destini Fireball. He likes the inside draw and will be looking to pounce down the Wentworth Park home straight.

The winner of this race will receive $40,000 for their efforts.

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.

Lucy Wires Sets The Summer Distance Plate Time Standard

Lucy Wires excited the greyhound racing audience in her heat of the Group 2 Sportingbet Summer Distance Plate at Wentworth Park on Saturday night by going within one tenth of the track record for the staying distance. Naturally, she was the fastest heat winner and will head to the boxes as favourite for next week’s final. Here’s a look at how both heats panned out and the final box draw and field for next Saturday’s final.

Summer Distance Plate Heat One

Born Ali (7) was a three and three quarter length winner in the first heat in a time of 42.35

Benarkin (2) led the field by a long way down the back and it was a very strong effort for Born Ali to gun him down and run away with the win. Benarkin is still learning the staying caper and wasn’t disgraced, running 42.59.

Veteran Mimicking (4) was at the back end of the field early but worked his way into the run to run home over Set To Shine (8) for third. Set To Shine copped a check rounding the turn the first time but was able to qualify for another Group final at Wentworth Park.

Summer Distance Plate Heat Two

Trainer Robert Britton completed a training double in the staying heats with Lucy Wires (2) making her return to Wentworth Park a victorious one. She scorched around the Glebe circuit in 41.82, which was within a whisker of Miata’s 41.81 track record. The record looked under threat from the moment the boxes opened and Lucy Wires came out running. She is normally making her run from behind but on Saturday night she bounced on the bunny and it was all over.

Destini Fireball (7) tried his heart out chasing Lucy Wires but he was unable to make up any ground and wound up third.

Smart Valentino (3) was storming and home and it would have been interesting to see if he could have challenged Lucy Wires down the home straight but as he rounded the home turn he climbed all over the back of Destini Fireball, which halted his momentum. He was still able to overcome Destine Fireball to fill second place, seven lengths behind Lucy Wires.

Dyna Willow (4) had no luck in the run after being stuck midfield for the early part of the race. She was still able to run fourth and qualify for the final next week.

The box draw for next Saturday’s final is:

2014 Summer Distance Plate Final Box Draw

  • Box 1 – Destini Fireball (42.28)
  • Box 2 -Smart Valentino (42.26)
  • Box 3 – Set To Shine (42.79)
  • Box 4 – Benarkin (42.59)
  • Box 5 – Lucy Wires (41.82)
  • Box 6 -Dyna Willow (42.52)
  • Box 7 – Mimicking (42.71)
  • Box 8 – Born Ali (42.35)


2014 Summer Distance Plate Heats


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.

Group 1 Gold 1242 2013 Sale Cup Final Preview

The Group 1 Gold 1242 2013 Sale Cup is race eight on the card and will jump at 9:49pm. The fastest qualifier from last week’s heats is the Jason Thompson trained chaser Phenomenal. He was the only dog to break 37 seconds for the 650 metre distance and had the fastest first section. If he repeats that effort he will be hard to beat. The race also features staying sensations Lucy Wires and Dyna Willow. Last year’s Sale Cup runner up Czar has made his second consecutive final.

Astute trainer Robert Britton has three runners in the field, while Greg Neocleous has his first ever group race finalist in Kayo Marciarno.

Box 1
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Kayo Marciarno
Trainer
Gregory Neocleous
Owner
Gregory Neocleous
Prizemoney
$62,190.00
Last 10 Starts
2577261151
44 Months   White and Fawn   Dog   by   Mister Twink - Sharon Lee
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $942.00 Rating 81 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 8 17 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40%  60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 1 4 1
Comments: Gregory Neocleous (Trainer) “I reckon he’s an each way chance. He loves the rail so I think he’s an each way chance. Phenomenal’s the one to beat of course, he’s got the time on the clock, but from the red I think he’s an each way chance.”
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.52 37.64 6.24 6.37
Box 2
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
Noaki Spitfire
Trainer
Garry Selkrig
Owner
William Baldock
Prizemoney
$34,235.00
Last 10 Starts
1151121421
34Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Noaki Pace
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $951.00 Rating 83 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 14 6 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Comments: Garry Selkrig (Trainer) – “He should go alright, it’s a pretty hard race. He’s probably the lowest qualifier in the race but I think he will try hard anyway. I think he can lead the race. The strange thing about him is, every time he has been in front, no greyhounds ever gone past him. When he’s been in front in a race he hasn’t been headed ever once, nearly the other night, but he still holds his record intact. It’s a very very very hard race. I just need luck and hope for the best and that he has luck and that all the others have bad luck. It’s all about luck, but we’re in it. We’re trying everything to have that extra bit in him, he’s been swimming down at Frankston and been doing a bit of work.”
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.74 37.74 6.24 6.37
Box 3
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Czar
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Cherie Ivers
Prizemoney
$130,918.00
Last 10 Starts
4547562341
48 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Flying Penske - Classy Creek
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,455.00 Rating 86 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
90 17 20 16
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 0 2 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “He likes the track. He ran second in the race just beaten last year, I don’t think he’s going any worse so he’s got to be a chance based just on that. We’re talking about a race with an odds on favourite in it and Phenomenal in a clearly run race will probably win, but the dogs racing well.”
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.25 37.48 6.18 6.26
Box 4
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
Lucy Wires
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Geoffrey Collins
Prizemoney
$110,870.00
Last 10 Starts
3154112151
33 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Flying Penske - Okgo Box To Wire
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $5,279.00 Rating 90 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 11 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 81%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) - “Personally I think the race maybe just too short for her. In saying that, with her (and Born Ali) we are probably looking for a rough race. If there’s a bit of interference and they stack up she’ll be the dog running home. If it’s a cleanly run race I’ll probably be in a bit of strife. I think that she may need 700 metres.”
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.51 37.51 6.41 6.43
Box 5
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
Born Ali
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Noel Mugavin
Prizemoney
$124,635.00
Last 10 Starts
1141511122
36 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Velocette - Born Princess
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,978.00 Rating  85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
63 14 16 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 1
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “Couldn’t have her racing any better. I think she’s won seven of her last 10 or something like that and a couple of seconds. She’s doing everything right and again, a bit like Lucy Wires, she’ll be running on. If it’s a cleanly run race, Phenomenal will be just too good.”
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.56 37.56 6.24 6.24
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Dyna Nalin
Trainer
Paul Stuart
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$441,375.00
Last 10 Starts
4112123222
33 Months   Black   Dog   by   Ashom Bale - Tally Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $9,808.00 Rating 92 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 26 11 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58% 87%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 1 0
Comments: Paul Stuart (Trainer) - “It’s not a good draw. It’s hard to win from out there, from out wide. He’s going to have to come out and try and get across to the fence. It’s a bit difficult from out there and he’s got a bit of speed on his outside so hopefully he comes out or he might find himself in a bit of strife on the first turn. He’s going to have to begin a little bit better then last week and try and hunt up early.”
Best SaleTimes
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.53 37.53 6.26 6.26
Box 7
Race Odds
$1.60
Heat Replay
Phenomenal
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
See the Dream syndicate
Prizemoney
$49,870.00
Last 10 Starts
2412281111
29 Months   Dark Brindle   Dog   by   Collision - Tocsin
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,168.00 Rating  100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 13 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
56% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
Comments: Bill Buccilli (Owner) – “I never go into any race overconfident, especially being a Group race and with the likes of some of the dogs that are in there. I’m confident with the preparation that Jason Thompson’s given him, confident with the form that he has been showing the last few starts and if he can reproduce that I certainly think he’s a show. From the wide box draw he’s going to have to do the same thing again and lead, I think he was two lengths faster than any dog to the first post so he’s going to have to reproduce that. He’s been starting his last few starts. He’s primed for it that’s for sure.”
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
36.96 36.96 6.11 6.11
Box 8
Race Odds
$4.80
Heat Replay
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$94,485.00
Last 10 Starts
2175411171
30 Months   Red Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - Horizon Bale
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating  $2,779.00 Rating 92 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 13 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  1 0  0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0  3
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) – “I think she’d rather be drawn closer to the rails but I’m hoping that Phenomenal’s going to jump good and sort of cart her across from out wide. I don’t think we’ll be able to beat him (Phenomenal) because he’s such a good dog. I think she’s in with a chance but as I said if Phenomenal jumps on the bunny he’s definitely going to be hard to beat, he’s just such a good dog, but I still think she’s in with a chance.”
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.23 37.23 6.24 6.24
1st Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
Destini Fireball
Trainer
Emilio Rinaldi
Owner
Riverwalk syndicate
Prizemoney
$511,120.00
Last 10 Starts
3743725232
45 Months   White and Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Grey’s Destiny
Start Good Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $9,465.00 Rating 84 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
54 23   9  6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3  2   1  0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Will try hard if he gets a start but looks a place chance at best.
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.35 37.61 6.21 6.35
2nd Res
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
Cheetah Zorro
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Garity Heawood syndicate
Prizemoney
$147,585.00
Last 10 Starts
4532131172
40 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz - Fallen Zorro
Start Good Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating  $2,545.00 Rating  83
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
58 14 11 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  0  1  0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Comments: Recent Bold Trease winner that can lead if she gets a start. She is an each way chance.
Best Sale Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
37.75 37.75 6.22 6.22

 
The key to the race is Phenomenal. As stated earlier, if he leads into the first turn, he will win the race. He has been brilliant since stepping up to middle distance events. If there is some interference then the run on dogs, such as Lucy Wires, will be there to take advantage of it. Dyna Willow finished off her performance strongly last week and has shown in recent times that she can lead, so she isn’t without a chance. The dog that wins the race will earn connections $75,000 and add a Group 1 race to its list of achievements.

Another Week, Another Record – Black Magic Opal Conquers Hobart

He was always going to be the star attraction of the night.

Black Magic Opal exited the red box on a calm night at Hobart, and the result was an 11-length win in the fastest time ever seen at the Elwick track.

While the first dog to show its face was the old-timer, Rewind, it too like so many before him was left in the position of spectator, as Jason Thompson’s amazing sprinter blew the field away, progressing to another Group 1 feature final.

Lowering the previous time standard of 25.71 set by Bergermeister, the son of Magic Sprite and Awesome Opal now boasts a time of 25.65 for the 461 metres. It was a stirring performance, with those on course sharing the feeling of awe with Sky viewers, as the words ‘Track Record’ scrolled across the bottom of the semaphore board.

Elite Devil was second across the line ahead of Roxy Rythym, with Rewind likely to be retired again after fading to finish fourth in the run to the post.

It highlighted what is traditionally the best night of racing from the Apple Isle, with a card littered with high-profile winners.

While it may have seemed like an eternity, eventually Race five at Hobart came around to get the 2013 Hobart Thousand series underway.

Paw Licking was the first of what was to be many odds-on favourites during the night, and it duly saluted in the opening heat. Starting at even-money favourite from box eight, the white and black speedster was too slick for some strong competition, running a blistering 25.78 in the process.

Local chaser Yappin’ Jack provided the fiercest competition for most of the event, running a gallant second beaten less than a length from box five. He was the beneficiary of only six heats being conducted, and will line up in the Group 1 final regardless of being defeated.

Fancied runner Buckle Up Wes settled third after a moderate getaway, but was checked by Yappin’ Jack on the top turn, ending any hope, while See Him First followed suit losing a lot of ground from interference occurred just after boxrise.

Heat two was expected to be a three-way fight between Hellyeah Bolt, Dark Warrior and Clone Your Own. Those three would eventually run the trifecta, but the run of Hellyeah Bolt to run down Clone Your Own was more than memorable. After giving the strong New Zealander a five length start, Hellyeah Bolt never stopped pushing, and after a tremendous battle, it emerged the victor in 25.83. Paying $1.80 on Tattsbet, the son of Dyna Lachlan and Flash Diamond was a popular result for punters.

Clone Your Own was certainly not disgraced and will still progress as one of the fastest seconds.

Heat three was really only about one dog, with Ronan Izmir strangling the market from box five. Those that took the $1.10 shorts on the recent Ballarat Cup winner wouldn’t have liked the look of things after the first fifty metres, with the black speedster positioned behind runners. But like a good dog should, Ronan Izmir drove hard along the fence to starve off the challengers and book its place in the time-honoured classic.

Running the 461 metres in 25.87, Ronan Izmir showed good strength to overcome Teddy Tom Boy, who showed his customary dash but was outclassed by the Victorian runner. Pinto Pronto ran a solid race and despite copping a check off the top turn, managed to finish right behind the front duo.

It was a similar story in heat four, where the in-form Farmor Las Vegas would win dominantly as a $1.40 favourite. The huge 37kg dog trained by Robert Britton was third out of the boxes but soon muscled underneath the pack to take control.

He also set a sub-26 second time, with 25.71 showing on the clock, well ahead of what Hellyeah Missile and Oscar Ralph, who dead-heated for second, could manage. This time equalled the current track record of Bergermeister, but that record wasn’t going to last very long.

It will be the fourth straight group final for Farmor Las Vegas, after making the Adelaide, Geelong and Brisbane Cups.

But they were all preludes to the track record run of Black Magic Opal show in heat five.

An even field assembled at the boxes for the sixth and final heat.

Varcoe for Debbie Cannan was heavily backed and was ‘in-the-red’ by the time the lids opened. However, the speed of Black Rip and Sing The Song showed the way, with the latter taking control off the back straight.

Sing The Song has always shown an affinity for the Hobart circuit and tonight she won the hard way, sitting outside Black Rip and doing it tough to hold on from the fast finishing Varcoe. She earnt her chance for the biggest prize on the Apple Isle.

While the time of 25.97 was the slowest of the night, it was a gritty win and she did enough to still be considered a place chance ahead of next weeks $75,000 final.


2013 Hobart 1000 Heats Replays


Plenty Of Chances In A Hot Summer Cup Field

This Saturday night’s Group 3 2013 Schweppes Summer Cup final at Wentworth Park promises to be an absolute gem. Eight of the country’s top stayers, representing four different states, will line up for a crack at the $25,000 first prize at 9:12pm.

A star studded field will contest the time honoured event that has been won by some super stars in years gone by. This year’s edition includes multiple group winner Bell Haven, National Distance champion Smart Valentino and Sydney Cup winner Lucy Wires. There are at least a handful of genuine chances in this race and there will be plenty to keep an eye on from box rise, right through to the final stride. This should be a cracker.

Box 1
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Infinite Wish
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership – Manager S Smith
Prizemoney
$56,485.00
Last 10 Starts
1112624753
28 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy - Jean Jeannie
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $2,092.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 9 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1
Comments: Angela Langton (Trainer) - “I’m very happy with box one. I think she’s a little bit of a chance if she can lead and get a bit of a break on them and the others jam up behind her. I think she likes the noisy lure at Wentworth Park, unfortunately we don’t have any of those in Victoria, she begins better and has a lot more confidence there.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.34 42.38 16.13 16.13
Box 2
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
Smart Valentino
Trainer
Mark Swift
Owner
Mark Swift
Prizemoney
$123,160.00
Last 10 Starts
1113213314
33 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro - Smart Betsy
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,246.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 11 3 6
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 4 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 1
Comments: Mark Swift (Trainer) - “The draw is good, he is a lot closer to the rails which is where he does his best work. Hopefully he’s a little bit closer early on this week, if we can get a sit on Infinite Wish, that would be ideal. There’s plenty of good dogs to beat though and this is a very tough race. I’d say Lucy Wires is the one to beat, she’s one of the best stayers going around.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.88 42.63 16.34 16.74
Box 3
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
Bell Haven
Trainer
Edward Medhurst
Owner
D Cannan & R Milner
Prizemoney
$272,710.00
Last 10 Starts
1182625242
44 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Head Bound - It’s A She
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,131.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 26 18 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 6 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 3
Comments: Edward Medhurst (Trainer) – “I’d prefer to be drawn out wide without a doubt, but we got what we were given. If she can position herself in the top three or four it would be great for her. She pulled up beautiful and the run would have done her good actually, because she hadn’t had a seven hundred since the heats of the Bold Trease and she blew a bit after last week’s run.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.88 42.21 16.11 16.51
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
Lucy Wires
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Geoffrey Collins
Prizemoney
$105,770.00
Last 10 Starts
1182625242

33 Months

  Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Flying Penske - Okgo Box To Wire
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,566.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “She’s not well boxed, so we will need a fair bit of luck early in the race. I’d just like to think that she is in touch when they head up the back the second time. She got away really well last week but from box four it’s going to be a different game, there’s a fair bit of pace around her. As far as the dog goes, she’s well and I’m confident she will run a very good race but that first turn does worry me.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.09 42.09 16.39 16.39
Box 5
Race Odds
$51
Heat Replay
My Friend Mitch
Trainer
Adele Powell
Owner
Adele Powell
Prizemoney
$22,515.00
Last 10 Starts
7226523123
42 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bit Chili - Just Friends
Start Fair Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $402.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
56 6 14 13
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
11% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 1
Comments: Adele Powell (Trainer) – “I’ll need a lot of luck, even if Bell Haven and Lucy Wires get into trouble, we’d have to catch the one (Infinite Wish) or the eight (Dyna Willow). The interstate dogs have just got it all over the Sydney dogs, they’re just panels ahead. I’m in there hoping for a lot of luck, but I know he’ll go out there and he’ll try. He gives it his all and I can’t ask for anymore than that. He’s a really big dog with a big heart.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.70 42.70 16.38 16.46
Box 6
Race Odds
$17
Heat Replay
Set to Shine
Trainer
Robert Mumford
Owner
George Tsohalis
Prizemoney
$48,700.00
Last 10 Starts
1412258184
40 months   White & Black   Bitch   by   Mandagery Man - Princess Tayah
Start Good Running Middle Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $885.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 13 8 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 3 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 2 1
Comments: Robert Mumford (Trainer) -  “We’d prefer to be in box one but what do you do. Dyna Willow is drawn outside us this week so we are sort of hoping we can keep it out there. We got impeded a bit by the three in our race last week and she didn’t really have a chance after that. Most of the time she begins pretty well, we are just hoping she can this week.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.25 42.72 16.22 42.72
Box 7
Race Odds
$17
Heat Replay
Seven Straight
Trainer
Jeffrey Cumming
Owner
Jeffrey Cumming
Prizemoney
$37,236.00
Last 10 Starts
1712321162
36 Months   Red Brindle   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Nicely Done
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,329.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 9 5 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2  0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: Jeffrey Cumming (Owner) - “I’m very happy with the box and he likes to use a bit of the track, so that’s where he wants to be. He’s only had the five seven hundred metre starts, so I’m keeping the fingers crossed that there is a bit of improvement. He would certainly have to have some luck on his side to match the Victorians. Last week was his first seven hundred for over a month so I was happy with it, and I think he should have some improvement in him. He had a bit of a virus after his last start in Melbourne so I had to back off him for a month. He’d had a couple of six hundred trials and that’s it going into last week, so hopefully he’ll have a little bit more in the tank this week.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.56 42.59 16.29 16.29
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.00
Heat Replay
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steven Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$64,485.00
Last 10 Starts
1122175411
30 Months   Red Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision - Horizon Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,224.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 11 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  1 0  0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 0  3
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) - “We’d much prefer to have the fence but I suppose box eight is better than being in the middle. I don’t think we will be able to get across Infinite Wish, so hopefully we can get a sit on her. She (Dyna Willow) cut to the fence a bit from six last week but if she does that again she might find it a little bit harder. I think she can go quicker than that, watching the replay she got a little bit lost through the catching pen and lost a couple of lengths there so it’ll be interesting on Saturday night if she finds the front to see what she can do.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.92 41.92 16.14 16.14
1st Res
Race Odds
$41
Heat Replay
Hotwire
Trainer
Graeme Barnett
Owner
Graeme Barnett
Prizemoney
$87,087.00
Last 10 Starts
5353226125
51 Months   Black   Dog   by   Big Daddy Cool - Ima Stunner
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,075.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
81 17 15 19
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38  8 5 8
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Looks to be a little out of his depth at this level and may struggle if he gains a start.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.38 42.73 16.50 16.96
2nd Res
Race Odds
$11
Heat Replay
Cawbourne Looney
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
H GIlbert, S Byrnes & A Baker
Prizemoney
$46,940.00
Last 10 Starts
1147811415
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Trewly Special - Book of Days
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $1,173.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 12 4 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 7 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Comments: Started long odds on last week and has flown here in the past. Would be far from the roughest hope if she somehow landed a gig in this race.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.92 42.74 16.08 16.74

 

The box draw has done no favours for Lucy Wires and Bell Haven, who will both be looking to land midfield and power home. Dyna Willow holds all the keys, if she finds herself on the bunny early, it may be a case of “eyes on the clock”. Smart Valentino is drawn to get his chance if he can begin on terms. The knockout chance may be Infinite Wish who loves the track and should be in front for a long way from the favourable draw. This is certainly has all the ingredients to be a great race.

Brisbane’s Hottest Day Cant Stop Kiss Me Ketut In The Cup

Thursday may have been Brisbane’s hottest day of the year, but that didn’t stop a terrific crowd from attending Queensland’s premier club for the 2013 Group 1 Sky Racing Brisbane Cup Final.  While the temperature was cooled with a light afternoon shower, trackside temperatures quickly heated up as the club hosted a wonderful night of racing, including attendance from AAMI celebrity Ketut. The stage was set as the 8 finalists made their way to the starting boxes for the $75,000 to the winner feature.

Pre post fixed betting was dominated by the Victorian raiders who occupied the first four lines of betting.  Tomac Bale would start a narrow favourite at $2.50 from box 2 and victory would be the first group 1 win for him and trainer Mark Delbridge. Battling Tomac Bale for favouritism at 2.70 was Australia’s best greyhound Xylia Allen, despite being awkwardly drawn in box 7. Farmor Las Vegas wasn’t well drawn in box 5, but the Robert Britton trained chaser was fancied at around 8.00. Omen bet Kiss Me Ketut shared the 8.00 line of betting with Farmor Las Vegas. The celebrity greyhound was hoping to impress his namesake, who was drumming support trackside knowing victory would see his cult following grow.

Of the locally trained chasers it was a toss of the coin between Frank Hancock’s Battistuzzi at $13.00 from box 3 and Sandra Hunt’s Top Story at $15.00 in box 1.  In the eyes of the punters Captain Clarrie at $24.00 in box 8 and Hawko’s Mistake at $48.00 from box 4 would need luck.  The race was set to be one for the ages.

Jumping well and exploding from the boxes was celebrity greyhound Kiss Me Ketut, who was off and on the bunny speeding through an unheard of 5.49 first section. Tomac Bale brought up old habits by missing it badly and was hampered by the outside dogs moving across. At the first corner Kiss Me Ketut was clearly in front from Battistuzzi, with Farmor Las Vegas moving to third. Behind them the field was bumping and in all sorts of trouble. Xylia Allen was back last after being repeatedly flattened and it would have taken a herculean effort to win from where she was.

Rounding the back straight and the crowd was up and standing, cheering on the Ready2Race success story who was holding the other runners at bay.  Entering the home straight and it was a race in two with Kiss Me Ketut holding on narrowly to score over a gallant Farmor Las Vegas by a half-length, with Battistuzzi two lengths away third.  Flashing home from the tail of the field for another wonderful performance was the unlucky Xylia Allen, who finished a narrow fourth. With the help of the new boxes the winner stopped the clock in a quick 29.82.

Prepared by South Geelong mentor David Burnett, the son of Bombastic Shiraz ex. Spiral Siyan was purchased at the 2012 Victorian Ready2Race series for $21,000.  The Melbourne Cup finalists is now a group 1 success story taking his career record to 37 starts for 17 wins, 6 seconds and 5 thirds with prizemoney in excess of $175,000. The celebrity status continues to grow.


2013 Group 1 Brisbane Cup Final Replay


Amity Flame Ignites In Bold Trease Heats

Four strong heats of the Group One Bold Trease Carnival Cup were conducted over the 715m at Sandown Park last night, with Amity Flame trained by Anthony Flores taking time honours for the night, clocking a speedy 42.16 in heat three.

Both Robert Britton and Anthony Flores will put the polish on two runners each in next Thursday’s rich $100,000 to the winner event, with any dog capable of claiming the coveted staying title.

Bold Trease Heat One

1st: (6) Sweet It Is – Leonard Jones ($46.60) 2nd: (4) Destini Fireball 3rd: (5) Newfire Riley
Time: 42.28

After finding a heap of trouble early, the winner found himself last running past the post with one lap remaining. As the leaders began to weaken in the back straight, the rank outsider of the field, swopped around the outside to cause one of the biggest upsets in a Group One heat. For an outsider to produce such an outstanding performance, with his time capable of being lowered with a clear run next week.

Bold Trease Heat Two

1st: (2) Lucy Wires – Robert Britton ($2.70) 2nd: (5) Hala Belle 3rd: (6) Ash Flash
Time: 42.25

Fresh off a brilliant victory at Wentworth Park Group Three Sydney Cup win, Lucy Wires found trouble early to sit at the back of the field going past the judge the first time. Finding her rhythm on the home turn, she got a very lucky break after Bell Haven was taken off the track by another runner, tragically robbing him of a final spot.

Bold Trease Heat Three

1st: (4) Amity Flame – Anthony Flores ($3.60) 2nd: (7) Freddy’s Smile 3rd: (5) Gold Affair Two
Time: 42.16

The winner positioned himself nicely in third during the early stages of the race, before checking heavily off the heels of the frontrunners turning for home the first time. Chasing down early leader Where’s Keroma who tired badly, the speedster then shot away up the straight, clocking the fastest of the heat wins.

Bold Trease Heat Four

1st: (3) Cheetah Zorro – Robert Britton ($9.00) 2nd: Hurricane Isaac 3rd: Smart Valentino
Time: 42.29

Trainer Robert Britton got his second qualifier through to next Thursday, after Cheetah Zorro sat beautifully in second position behind early leader Hurricane Iaac for duration of the race and produced a gusty effort on the home turn to score by a neck. Smart Valentino left his run too late and failed to qualify for next week after charging down the outside to grab third.

2013 Bold Trease Carnival Cup Heats Replays





Black Magic Opal On The Road To Melbourne Cup Riches

They came and they conquered, the dynamic duo of Jason Thompson and Black Magic Opal put on a dazzling display for spectators, leading all the way in a best of the night 29.41.

In a night full of upsets, next Thursday’s $350,000 to the winner final will prove most interesting, with the crucial box draw conducted at noon tomorrow.

Plenty of early speedsters have made it into the final, however many winners came from behind in tonight’s heats, providing an array of mixed chasers.

Melbourne Cup Heat One

1st: (3) Iona Seven – Robert Britton ($6.30) 2nd: (2) Spud Regis 3rd: (8) Dashing Man
Time: 29.52

Spud Regis began fast to lead the field at the first turn. Iona Seven sat right on his heels and shot away in the straight to qualify. Special mention to Dashing Man who found a heap of trouble and only needed a few more strides to secure the win.

Melbourne Cup Heat Two

1st: (2) Peter Rocket – Keith Hellmuth ($3.30) 2nd: (6) Take It All 3rd: Tee Brady
Time: 29.42

Sveta Monelli exploded out of box four to lead the field to the first turn, before a very talented chaser in Peter Rocket was quickly sitting on his heels. After some interference to his chasers on the home corner, this talented greyhound shot away to win by 3.8 lengths in a sensational time, just 0.01 behind the best of the night.

Melbourne Cup Heat Three

1st: (1) Proven Maddy – Wayne Vassallo ($7.10) 2nd: (2) Buckle Up Mason 3rd: Easton Bale
Time: 29.43

Proven Maddy began fast to lead the field around the first turn before being rounded up in the back straight by the speedy Buckle Up Mason. Proven Maddy gallantly fought back in the home straight and made a desperate last surge to secure a finals spot.

Melbourne Cup Heat Four

1st: (6) Black Magic Opal – Jason Thompson ($1.70) 2nd: (1) Gold Town 3rd: (3) Empire Allen
Time: 29.41

It wouldn’t be a Melbourne Cup final without the influence of Jason Thompson and Black Magic Opal didn’t disappoint favourite backers as he rocketed from box six, leading all the way in best of the night figures. Gold Town ran a brilliant second in taking plenty of ground off the leader, bringing the winning margin to under a length and is unlucky not to be starting in the final next week.

Melbourne Cup Heat Five

1st: (6) Hawk Alone – Andrea Dailly ($8.50) 2nd: (7) Farmor Las Vegas 3rd: (4) Dyna Nalin
Time: 29.49

Yet another upset in heat five with Hawk Alone beginning fast from box six to cross his rivals and sit early behind the speedy Whata Good Size. Taking a risky rails run on the home turn, Hawk Alone got the break and shot away to score in brilliant time.

Melbourne Cup Heat Six

1st: Kiss Me Ketut – David Burnett ($6.80) 2nd: (6) Xylia Allen 3rd: (7) Peloton Bale
Time: 29.57

Kiss Me Ketut began fast from box three before checking off the heels of the early leader and running very wide at the first turn. Superbly made up a stack of ground and was too good in a solid time. Xylia Allen came from last to run second after finding a heap of trouble, sensational run.

Melbourne Cup Heat Seven

1st: (2) Shifty Sticka – Paul Anderton ($3.20) 2nd: (3) Ferly Reign 3rd: (4) Jordan Allen
Time: 29.53

The well-supported Shifty Sticka began well and sat behind early leader Ferly Reign. Checking off his heels after a failed attempt at a rails run, Shifty Sticka got plenty of room to move in the straight and bounded away by 3 lengths.

Melbourne Cup Heat Eight

1st: (3) Dyna Beth – Andrea Dailly ($22.10) 2nd: (5) Speed Series 3rd: (6) Marcus Joe
Time: 29.70

The last heat produced the greatest upset by far as Andrea Dailly secured her second runner into next weeks final with a stunning upset by Dyna Berth. In a roughly run affair, the winner managed to catch a few breaks, as there was plenty of interference behind him, however took advantage of some good fortune to produce a strong performance.

Group 1 Stayers Play Out The Undercard At The Meadows

While the majority of attention at The Meadows on Saturday night was firmly placed towards Topgun, there were six heats held of what is usually a very entertaining and quite unique series – The Group 1 Hume Cup.

With the Sale Cup being regarded as the ‘Middle-distance Championship of Australia’, the Hume Cup is actually the only time we get to see top level racing conducted around a two-turn middle distance metropolitan track, and the 2013 version is another not likely to disappoint.   

Things started out with an even affair, as three runners vied for favouritism in the opening heat. Just As Fancy would eventuate as the punters’ elect from box one, with Destini Fireball and Infinite Wish also receiving plenty of support. It was Lektra Grey for the Lenehan-Dailly combination that would steal the show however, going back-to-back after a big-margin win over the longer trip at Sandown last week.

Paying $8.30 on the local TAB, Lektra Grey overcame a tardy start to find itself second with a lap to go. Just As Fancy was showing the way, after Supersonic Hawk and New Tibur had jumped well but continued to get in each other’s’ way. Lektra Grey soon slipped into overdrive as the favourite started tiring, and came away for a commanding victory in 34.41.

Destini Fireball ran on nicely into second spot, while Paris Sparks added value to the trifecta in third.

Heat two was expected to be match-race between the two widest runners, Bookkeeper and Proven Impala, however it turned out to be more of a one-act affair. Bookkeeper for the Glenn Dainton kennel flew out of the pink alley, and gave nothing else a chance in an impressive lead-all-the-way performance. While the multiple Group-race winner, Proven Impala was second for the duration of the event, it was powerless to stop Bookkeeper, who ended up six lengths in front in a slashing 34.05.

It gives the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Smashing Amy his first crack at a Group 1 event.

Temlee Winner, Cintiarna, dominated the betting for the third heat and drawn the red rug it seemed a formality that she would bring up her second win in a row. But sealing her own fate in the opening stages, Cintiarna wanted to run up the track, crashing into Blue Giant and sending him tumbling to the ground.

This carnage allowed 20/1 outsider, Easton Bale, to set up a handy lead with a lap to go. Once the field had settled, Evie’s Entity would soon emerge out of the pack and throw down the gauntlet to Easton Bale, with the pair drawing level turning for home.

In a titanic struggle, Easton Bale and Evie’s Entity went stride for stride throughout the home straight, with Easton Bale getting the nod on the post, giving Andrea her second winner for the series in 34.66. Major League was very noticeable in the ground it made up on the leading duo, finishing just over a length from the winner in third place.

There was to be no boilover result in heat four, with Alpe D’huez taking it out at odds of around $4.10. Displaying the powerful finish that has seen him win 16 races previously, the Kelly Bravo-trained dog flashed along the rails to narrowly beat Especially and Magpie Bob in 34.60.

Especially was the lamplighter for most of the event with Magpie Bob close in pursuit. While the chasing brigade always looked to be winding up, they seemed to take an eternity to make up the ground, with Alpe D’huez only gaining the lead in the final bound.

Named after a French ski resort, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Joop Muse has now won over both longer trips at The Meadows.

After all of the Topgun excitement had wound up, it was back on with heat five of the Hume Cup. Defending champion Jethro was drawn five for Kel Greenough, with Darwin Cup winner Take It All where it likes to be, near the rails, in box two.

But punters would be left scratching their heads once again, as Born Ali for Robert Britton would come away as victor, ahead of Hala Belle and Lukey Deez in a time of 34.37. It was a race where nothing made ground from the back, and Born Ali capitalised on a speedy getaway to simply run the others off their legs.

Jethro put in what was clearly the worst run since his comeback, finishing a clear last, while Take It All was in fourth position for entirety of the 600-metre journey.

Veteren trainer, Steven Collins had to wait until the final event to ensure one of his brigade progressed onto next week, as Dyna Willow won in 34.67. Settling second behind Our Pale Ale in the early stages, Dyna Willow proved too classy as the race went on, winning with a couple of lengths to spare.

Without a doubt though, the run of the race and possibly the entire meeting was that of Surf Mail. Starting from box four, the former Queenslander copped a severe check just after boxrise and was a clear last around the first bend. Making up close to ten lengths by the time the field reached the home turn, Surf Mail looked the winner before checking off two sets off heels at the crucial moment. Despite losing all momentum for a second time, he still picked himself up to run second behind Dyna Willow, putting the writing on the wall for a strong performance in the very near future.

The Group 1 $75,000-to-the-winner Hume Cup final will be run on the traditional pre-Melbourne Cup Silver Bullet meeting Monday 4th November.

G1 Hume Cup box draw

  • Box 1-      Alpe D’huez
  • Box 2-      Easton Bale
  • Box 2-      Proven Impala
  • Box 4-      Lektra Grey
  • Box 5-      Dyna Willow
  • Box 6-      Bookkeeper
  • Box 7-      Hala Belle
  • Box 8-      Born Ali

 

Smart Valentino’s Scratching Throws Sydney Cup Wide Open

A star-studded lineup of stayers will battle it out tonight at Wentworth Park, vying for the coveted Group Three Sydney Cup worth $25,000 to the winner. With the unfortunate scratching of Smart Valentino from box one, betting will be thrown wide open after his perfect box draw and personal best of 41.88, had many already declaring another trophy was heading to the mantelpiece of trainer Mark Swift.

After the heats were run and won last Saturday night, Angela Langton was victorious in both races with talented chasers, Set Sail South (42.20) and Infinite Wish (42.34), capping off a spectacular night for the Victorian trainer.

Mark Gatt’s Gradence was gallant in defeat behind Infinite Wish, just nudged out at the finish and Bell Haven for Edward Medhurst put in another solid performance to finish runner up behind Set Sail South.

The all-important box draw will play its roll tonight as greyhounds vie for their position at the first turn and rely on pure heart and stamina to last out the grueling 720m journey.

Group Three Sydney Gold Cup

Box One – Suits Us – Kenneth Burnett ($19.00): finished fifth last week behind Infinite Wish and is yet to record a win over this distance at the track. Has the right box but will need significant improvement to test this hot field.

Box Two – Set Sail South – Angela Langton ($2.60): extremely impressive on debut at the track last week, making his way through the field after a steady start to streak away at the finish in a fast 42.20. Only needs some luck from this draw and will be hard to beat again.

Box Three – Lucy Wires – Robert Britton ($6.00): was at the tail of the field for the majority of her heat last week behind Infinite Wish. Flashed home to finish in fourth spot and will be one to watch if she gets some luck tonight.

Box Four – Bell Haven – Edward Medhurst ($8.50): began fast from box six last week and sat behind the early leader, waiting to make her move she copped a few checks and sprinted to the finish to place second behind Set Sail South. Expect another big performance tonight from this talented stayer, with luck the only element required.

Box Five – Number Krunch – Darren Sultana ($23.00): finished third last week behind Set Sail South after being squeezed out at the start and forced to the tail of the field. Ran home very well and took a lot of ground off those in front of him.

Box Six – Pride Of Egypt – Dawn Garrett ($16.00): very talented stayer who has racked up a stack of wins over the middle and staying distances in recent times. Began very poor last week and took enormous ground of the greyhounds in front of him and didn’t have any luck on the home turn. Expect another solid performance tonight, very capable of stealing this.

Box Seven – Infinite Wish – Angela Langton ($4.40): was outstanding on debut at the track last week, edging out track specialist Gradence in 42.34. Will be looking for sixth consecutive win tonight and has a perfect box draw inside a slow beginner.

Box Eight – Gradence – Mark Gatt ($3.80): drawn to perfection out wide as a notable slow beginner. Has a stack of ability and only needs some luck to be victorious. Very gallant in defeat behind infinite Wish last week, just being nudged out at the finish and look for him to wind up at the concluding stages of the race.

The Sydney Cup will be run and won at 9.47pm tonight (EDST).

Your 2013 Group 1 Adelaide Cup Heat-By-Heat Guide

The month of October has quickly appeared from the winter haze, and those based in the Southern part of our great land are starting to get excited. Previously run in the blazing heat of summer, the Group 1 Adelaide Cup is the premier event on the GRSA calendar and now sits nicely in the springtime, bringing a bumper month of racing to a crescendo finish.

Only 36 entries were received this year, which is well down on what is usually expected for such a time-honoured race. However, the fields certainly don’t lack quality and hopefully all readers can navigate their way through such competitive races with a little bit of help.

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT ONE

Quite a tough race to start with. Peter Rocket (box three) continues his road-trip after a brilliant Megastar win at Dapto. He has experience around the 515-metres of Angle Park, but faces some speedy types on this occasion. His fate could depend on Kim Johnstone’s Encosta Kahn (box one), who usually musters well and could keep Peter Rocket off the fence around the first bend. If either one of those chasers find the early lead the rest may struggle.

Hawk Alone for Team Dailly will exit the eight box.  He put in admirable runs in both the Derby heat and final here recently, and could represent value if able to avoid trouble.

Farmor Las Vegas (box six) is more known around the Victorian one-bend circuit, but is another that likes to zip out the boxes. Considering the poor draw, and the ability of his rivals, he’s considered a place chance only. Token McLaren (box two) will be near the rear but running on, while the other locals Victa Sam and Galilee Spirit are talented, but face an uphill battle.

Selections: Peter Rocket – Hawk Alone – Encosta Kahn

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT TWO

Ronan Izmir will be odds-on after coming with the red box. He solo trialled in 29.77 last Thursday night and a repeat of that should be good enough to lead all the way. In saying that, S.A Oaks winner Kokoda Spirit makes a return to the track where she came of age, running sub-29.70 in both of her wins during that series. From box eight, it’s simply a matter of whether Ronan Izmir can be crossed, but Mark Morrisey’s dog should qualify as one of the quickest seconds regardless.

Kalden Kurageous (box two) is the best of the locals, and likes the inside draws but is up against some stiff competition. The ever-present Dailly kennel has Osbourne Bale (box three) engaged who won in Melbourne after making the Derby final, but appears a genuine roughie along with the veteran stayer Cousin Callum out in six.

Victa Brooke and Senni Tony will be very big odds, although that didn’t stop the latter becoming a huge upset last month.

Selections: Ronan Izmir – Kokoda Spirit – Kalden Kurageous

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT THREE

Looks a race in two on paper. Victorian sprint champ Tomac Bale (box one) is the likely favourite along the rails, with form lines behind Xylia Allen and Spud Regis. Given the better draw on this occasion, and some recent experience at the track, he’ll begin fairly then zip straight to the front.

Jason Thompson has brought youngster Phenomenal to Angle Park to start from the widest draw. Resuming from injury, he’s a bit of an enigma, and has a range that varies from the sublime to the terrible. He had a look at the track with a 29.67 trial last week, but would want to improve his first split to avoid first-turn trouble. At his best, Phenomenal would seriously challenge Tomac Bale, but it cannot be guaranteed.

The rest of the field is all up in class, but Two Tree Hill (box four) is the one dog accomplished enough to run a place. The vacant box on his outside will assist, but he won’t lead and it will take a big effort to run down the fancied pair up front.

Again the locals will likely start double figure odds, being Kalden Mischief, Significant Bit and Benchmark, while Modest Ruler comes to Adelaide for the first time while some fair Sandown Park form. All those four have similar ability, with the one obtaining the clearest run becoming a placing possibility.

Selections: Tomac Bale – Phenomenal – Two Tree Hill

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT FOUR

Lots of chances here with the draw making things tough to predict. Iona Seven for Robert Britton will probably start favourite after hitting peak form during September. She’s drawn four in a race where early positioning could be crucial.

Fire Tyson (box two) will head towards the middle of the track, and if he begins well it could spell trouble for those runners positioned nearby. Iona Seven might well be one of those, as too could Bubba’s Dream who jumps back up to feature racing second-up from a lengthy spell. It’s hard to predict what sort of run he is capable of at this stage of his career, but at his best would run the time needed to win.

Dyna Cari could become the value factor in the race coming in with two impressive Sandown wins to her name. Despite a poor record at Angle Park (no wins from three tries), and a poor history from box six (one win from nine tries), Dyna Cari could be the one to beat with a clean getaway.

Fair Change for Todd Kelly will get the gun run and is worth including in trifectas, while Young Snozz and Stetson Donna should be safe to risk.

Selections: Dyna Cari – Iona Seven – Fair Change

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT FIVE

Rounding out the heats will be the local sensation Ernie Bung Arrow. Ken Gill must be blessing his luck when Ernie came up with the pink rug, and he will be extremely hard to catch with repeat of his 29.55 Derby-winning performance. Expect him to lead with ease.

The challengers will be coming at the end of the race via the Victorians, Walk Hard and Powerhouse. Walk Hard is an underrated chaser that has a Group 1 Hobart Thousand final on his resume, and has recently proven he can run out the two-turn circuits with as much class.

Powerhouse has started to string his good runs together of late, and despite having tonnes of ability, he has been known to find trouble and let punters down at times. He will be popular in the market though, after an impressive 29.65 solo trial in lead up to this series, but question marks remain over his reliability when pressure is on.

Robyn Mackellar’s Dee Dee Corsair is one of the more consistent breakers in S.A, and doesn’t look terribly drawn with moderate starters on his left. It’s definitely a chaser worth considering for multiples.

Cee Ronaldo appears the next best, while Webster, Mark of Love and Carlos Tyson will be relying on some sharp improvement and perhaps a bit of luck to make it through.

Selections: Ernie Bung Arrow-Walk Hard – Dee Dee Corsair.

Unfortunately defending champion Spud Regis has not made the trip across to defend his title, so a new star is to be crowned amongst those above. The Adelaide Cup final is scheduled to be run on October 10 on what is always the biggest night of greyhound racing in the state. Best of luck to all involved.­­­

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.

Big Guns Progress To Set Up Bumper Shepparton Cup Final

It certainly feels like a long time since a one-turn provincial cup has been run in Victoria, but after the six heats of the Shepparton Cup were held last Monday night, it highlights how entertaining these types of races can be.

While the topic of ‘seeding’ heats for Group events is something that can be discussed on another occasion, the Shepparton Cup looms as a final stacked with quality as all five heats were won by dogs on the first or second line of betting.

Kicking off proceedings was a small field of five, in which Spud Regis was making his highly-anticipated return. Wearing the black and white stripes, Spud Regis began well enough and led the field for the majority of the 450 metres, but Dark Warrior for Darren McDonald would eventually run over the top and spoil the party in 25.25.

Owned by the Fast-track Racing syndicate, Dark Warrior began his career in the quainter surroundings of Tasmania and started with a bang winning his first seven outings. Having since developed his craft in becoming a genuine metropolitan-class sprinter, he will be hard to beat if he can replicate the form that saw him place fourth behind Blackalls Boss in the Group 1 Hobart Thousand in December last year.

Dark Warrior will appreciate the rails draw he has been granted, while Spud Regis will be listed as first reserve for the final, clocking 25.27 in his narrow defeat.

Onto heat two, and again it was the second-favorite who took the prize when Allen Dion for Andrea Dailly won in a time of 25.30. Despite leading all of the way, Allen Dion would eventuate as the slowest of the six heat winners, but the race was one of the more competitive affairs, with the Anthony Azzopardi trained Ferly Reign making things interesting in the home straight.

Allen Dion has drawn box three for Friday night’s main event, with Ferly Reign hoping for some scratchings to get a gig as second reserve.

Recent maturity winner Marcus Joe was to start $2.30 favourite from box seven in that race, but after copping three checks before the first turn, he would be last of the seven runners across the line.

From here on the results were pretty one-sided, and punters were on the mark more often than not.

Former New Zealand sprinter Clone Your Own turned in the most eye-catching run of the night, with a 25.18 win from box five. Stepping away from the boxes slowly, the Alison Lee-owned son of Droopy’s Marco came from mid-pack to find the lead along the home straight. Once on the bunny he stretched out very nicely, and put five lengths on his rivals soon after, beating Blaster, State Sensation and Sapporo convincingly.

He will start from box two on Friday night, and while he won’t be afforded the same luxuries at the beginning of the race, there will probably not be a stronger dog at the business end of proceedings.

Heat four was a one act affair from a betting perspective, but certainly not in reality as Ronan Izmir was pushed to an inch of his life by Farmor Las Vegas. Starting unbackable as a $1.20 favourite, Ronan Izmir was gunning for six straight wins, but almost blew the streak when the Robert Britton runner got within a neck on the line.

As it turned out, defeat would have still been enough to get a berth in the final with both chasers progressing. With the box draw released, it can be reported that Ronan Izmir will be looking to carve across from box eight while Farmor Las Vegas has drawn poorly in six.

Meanwhile, it wouldn’t be a Group race in Victoria without a Bate runner, and Desalle Bale honoured that code by flogging her competitors that were engaged in heat five. Showing no hesitations from box five, the old girl showed she still has what it takes, running 25.14 in her six-length win.

Desalle Bale has been one of the more prolific money-spinners for the Wheeler/Bate combination, having amassed over a quarter-million dollars in her 67 starts to date, with another chance to add to that on Friday, when she will wear the black rug and must always be considered a danger from there.

While Slater Hill was game in defeat as runner up, his series ended there, while Walk Hard and Crackerjack Lil were the high-profile pair amongst the beaten brigade.

Leaving the best until last is the dog that will enter the final as fastest qualifier. Paw Licking for Kel Greenough was expected to be too classy from box eight, and she proved punters right by flying around in 24.92. Such was the pace being created up front, Watta Good Size for Jason Thompson still qualified for the final, despite being beaten over five lengths by the black and white speedster up ahead.

Paw Licking has always been a top class one-turner for owner Allen Lang, and only recently converted to Metropolitan layouts after an emphatic Traralgon Cup victory earlier in the year.

So for the final we have a big-name trainer showdown, with McDonald, Britton, Greenough, Thompson, Dailly, and Bate all competing for the $43,750 heading to the victor.

Group 2 Shepparton Cup Final – Friday 13th September

1) Dark Warrior – Darren McDonald
2) Clone Your Own – Robert Britton
3) Allen Dion – Andrea Dailly
4) Paw Licking – Kel Greenough
5) Watta Good Size – Jason Thompson
6) Farmor Las Vegas – Robert Britton
7) Desalle Bale – Graeme Bate
8) Ronan Izmir – Jason Thompson
Reserves
9) Spud Regis – Andrea Dailly
10) Ferly Reign – Anthony Azzopardi

Group Two Shepparton Cup Heat Betting Preview & Tips

The Shepparton Cup series kicks off tonight with six sensational fields competing for a spot in the Group 2 final. This year’s series sees some serious speedsters contesting the $43,750 event including a mix of proven group performers and emerging young talent.

Shepparton Cup Heat One
Powerhouse sprinter Spud Regis will line up tonight for his second start back from retirement and looks a great chance from box two. The son of Bombastic Shiraz lost no admirers last week when running a strong second behind the electric Ronan Izmir and whilst this is still a very classy race, it is not as difficult as that assignment. The four time group winner is unbeaten from three attempts from box two and has enough early pace to be prominent in the run to the first turn. If he is up near the lead he will be very hard to hold out.

The biggest threat in the event is undoubtedly the sensational Hoover Jack who has drawn ideally in box one. The Peter Hunt trained sprinter has a great record from the cherry and has a perfect one from one over the track and distance where he has recorded a handy 25.41 seconds.

Dark Warrior is racing in fantastic form at present but has been afforded no favours in box six. However, he is generally a great beginner and is capable of finding the front and stealing the win.

Willy Wag Tail is an exciting Tasmanian prospect having his first at Shepparton tonight. The son of Cosmic Rumble faces a sharp rise in class and this race will certainly give an indication of what he is capable of.

Shepparton Cup Heat Two
The Group 1 Maturity winner, Marcus Joe, is the class runner in the second heat, despite being drawn out wide in box seven. The son of Velocette won impressively at Geelong two starts back before running a luckless fourth at his latest assignment. This will be his first race at Shepparton but he has run well first up at different tracks in the past.

Zoenah’s Entity is tardy early but is great at navigating her way into a good position and from box three she looks well suited. The Mogambo bitch is looking to make it three wins in a row after notching up two nice victories at Sandown and The Meadows at her most recent starts.

Cee Ronaldo is another looking to make it three wins in a row and although drawn poorly in box four, he does have a moderate beginner on his inside and a vacant box on his outside which should assist. The son of El Galo has good early toe and looks a genuine threat with a handy 25.65 seconds personal best at Shepparton.

The Wheeler-owned Allen Dion looks the other main chance from the two. Whilst he has not won since mid-June, he has had to contend with some difficult box draws and should appreciate the move in towards the rail.

Shepparton Cup Heat Three
The Robert Britton trained Clone Your Own looks to be the one to beat in the third qualifier. The black chaser, formerly from New Zealand, is in great form at the moment having won three of his last five starts including a slick 25.17 seconds over the track and distance last start. The Group 2 Harrison-Dawson winner is not blessed with much early speed but he should be suited by the big one turn track which will give him plenty of room to move and stretch out.

Blaster has been racing extremely well against some quality chasers recently and will relish the draw closer to the rails tonight. The Premier Fantasy dog is a reliable beginner with two wins from four starts over the trip and a personal best of 25.24 seconds.

State Sensation loves the Shepparton circuit as a winner of seven from 15 however he does appear to be more suited towards the rails. Nonetheless, if he can begin well and find a good position early, he is capable of running a handy race.

Michael Carter is well represented with Jimmy Lane in box four. The son of Dyna Lachlan is a safe beginner with 17 career victories to his name so must be respected.

Shepparton Cup Heat Four
The classy Ronan Izmir was sensational at his track and distance debut last week, leading all the way from box two in a scintillating 24.98 seconds. The son of Elite state moves out to box seven for his heat tonight, the only box he is yet to salute from in his 40 start career. However, with moderate beginners on his inside, he should be able to carve across the field and bring up win number 21 for trainer Jason Thompson.

Ronan Izmir will no doubt be a short priced favourite in the event and rightly so. The best of the rest look to be Blue Giant (Box 1), Fully Advanced (Box 2), and Shadow Lane (Box 3).

Shepparton Cup Heat Five
Desalle Bale has shown tremendous early speed in her recent starts and if she begins like she has been, she will be very hard to beat despite being drawn in the five. The Graeme Bate trained bitch has won 27 races throughout her 66 start career, including a slick 25.25 seconds at Shepparton in December last year.

Slater Hill is a newcomer to Robert Britton’s Lara kennels after making the transition from NSW recently. At his first start for his new trainer, the red brindle dog ran a handy second at Sandown behind Swans Twelve but will be looking to go one better tonight from box two. Slater Hill is a son of the great One Tree Hill and will just need a bit of luck to feature in the finish after inheriting plenty of his famous mum’s talent.

Walk Hard is drawn on the inside of Desalle Bale which is not ideal but he is unbeaten over the track and distance. The Bit Chili speedster has won three from three at Shepparton with a fast best time of 25.23 seconds whilst he has won 10 overall with a further 10 minor placings from 25 career starts.

Cracker Jack Lil is drawn in box six and is capable of taking out the heat on her night however, she does mix her form and is hard to catch.

Shepparton Cup Heat Six
Paw Licking should prove hard to beat in the final heat drawn out wide in the eight. The son of Elite State is a brilliant beginner and he drops back to a more favourable distance after leading and tiring throughout most of the Nationals series over 525 metres at The Meadows. The white and black dog has won 20 from 32 including the group two Traralgon Cup earlier this year and although this is his first start at the track he has the class to overcome that obstacle.

Jason Thompson has an exciting young prospect on his hands with Whata Good Size facing his acid test tonight against some speedy competitors. As a good beginner he should be able to find a spot on the rails early from box two and with a flawless one from one at the track he looks the testing material for his more experienced counterparts.

Andrea Dailly is not without a chance in the heat, lining up with Garrick Bale from the coveted rails alley. The son of Go Wild Teddy is out of form at present but is more than capable of being a threat in the race if he is on his best behaviour.

The first heat of the Group 2 Shepparton Cup is race three tonight and will jump at 7:50pm (Vic time)

Robert Britton Runner Surprises All By Claiming Geelong’s Winter Cup

The Buxton Winter Cup final headlined the Victorian provincial scene this week, with a superstar field assembled, including three Group race victors tackling the $10,000-to-the-winner event.

Held over the extra ground of the 596-metres trip, two heats were held last week with Boris Fields for Jason Thompson and Proven Impala for Joe Borg entering the event in winning form. Boris Fields had come up with his favourite cherry draw for the final, and as such would start as the $2.40 popular pick with Proven Impala at $3.40 from box seven.

Recent Darwin Cup winner Take It All was on the next line of betting ($5.20) and would exit the four alley, while Sachin Bale from box six was also under double-figure odds ($8.50).

However, someone forgot to tell punters that Two Tree Hill from the Robert Britton kennel was deep in calculations, as the son of Bombastic Shiraz came out with a smooth beginning and took the trophy home in 34.46.

Having never started over the track and trip until this series, Two Tree Hill obviously benefitted from the experience gained in his heat and turned the tables accordingly bringing up his 21st win overall and sixth win from box three. Paying $32.70 on the local TAB, punters were left scratching their heads and nursing their wallets after reserve runner Quo Vadis completed the $132.00 quinella, with the trifecta returning over $3,000 thanks to Czar claiming third spot, also for the Britton kennel.

Both Boris Fields and Proven Impala were in the midfield pack early on and were never able to get a crack at the leaders from there, finishing fifth and seventh respectively.

The win of Two Tree Hill caps of a stellar week for the Britton kennel, who also took out the $3,050 prize given out at Horsham earlier in the week, thanks to Skinny Vinnie leading all the way in the Vic Bred Grade 5 final.

Carrying a $1000 GOBIS bonus, the race was completed in a winning time of 27.40, but the talented El Galo x Who Told Helen pup would give punters a small scare, winning by just over a length as a hot $1.70 favourite.

It adds to a rich vein of form for Skinny Vinnie with seven of his eleven career wins coming in his last ten starts. That hot streak includes a metropolitan Grade five series when saluting at good odds, and at the time of writing lines he up in the Free-For-All race at The Meadows, worth $6,260 to connections if successful.

Meanwhile, back to Friday night’s festivities and another attractively funded series concluded at Traralgon, with the club hosting the Castle of Mey Trophy for the Grade four and fives.

As was reported last week, Anthony Flores from the quaint surroundings of Yinnar South would be represented by Hurricane Isaac who zipped around the 513 metres as fastest qualifier from the six heats with a 29.48 run.

Proving he was the premier greyhound competing in the series, Hurricane Isaac got the job done again in the final, winning convincingly in 29.82 over Superstar Magic for Maureen Brown and David Knocker’s Deutronium. Drawn poorly in box five, the $4.20 second favourite was only fair to begin, but found himself sitting just off the speed as the pack flew down the back. Clicking into overdrive in the concluding stages, the margin quickly blew out to four lengths once the February 2011 dog found the lead.

Also owned by Mr. Flores, the son of Paddy’s Flame and Amity Rose is building a handsome reputation as a strong 500-metre style greyhound, and the Castle of Mey Trophy takes his overall purse to $41,288.

Looking ahead, and there is more dosh up for grabs in the coming days, with feature events taking place at Sale on Sunday, Shepparton Monday as well as the rich $7000 Warragul Oaks final on Tuesday night.

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