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Dyna Double One Dazzles In Silver Chief Heats

Dyna Double One stamped himself as a star of the future after a surreal 29.55 performance when taking out a heat of the Group One Silver Chief Classic at The Meadows last night.

At just his third racetrack appearance, the son of Barica Bale and Crystin Bale stepped cleanly from box six before exploding in the run to the first turn. Once on the bunny, nothing else stood a chance as Dyna Double One sprinted to the line 13 lengths clear of Astronomize.

The victory kept his unblemished record intact which also includes a slick 29.81 over the track and distance last weekend. The Andrea Dailly- trained sprinter looms as one of the genuine contenders heading into Saturday’s semi finals and the $100,000 to the winner final on January 3.

Dyna Double One was just one of four heat winners for the Wheeler dynasty with their other standout performer being Dyna Villa which clocked a blistering 29.67 win from box seven.

Returning to a two turn track following his third placing in the Hobart Thousand on Thursday, the son of Collision and Roxio Bale was unchallenged throughout, winning dominantly by just under four and a half lengths for Jenny Hunt.

Hunt also trained another of the Wheeler heat victors in Amaro Bale which took out heat three from box one. Stepping reasonably from the inside, the red brindle chaser railed beautifully around the first turn and held on for a strong 30.10 triumph.

Andrea Dailly trained the Wheeler’s fourth Silver Chief heat winner which also happened to be a litter brother to Dyna Double One in Dyna Quirk. The red fawn dog, which does not turn two until March, scored his second win at start three, stopping the clock in a handy 30.04.

Dailly also scored a win in the final heat with Crackerjack Max leading virtually all the way from box two in a nippy 30.07, defeating Vapour Lee for Lyn Smith.

Rising WA chaser Tureaud also scored an impressive heat win in the opening qualifier.

The Paul Stuart- trained youngster stepped well from box four and was never in doubt, setting a hot time of 29.72 over the 525 metre trip. 

It was win number nine at start 13 for the regally bred black dog, a son of Kinloch Brae and Starlight Delly, a litter sister to champion bitch Miata. Ikaku Bale ran on well to pinch second for Andrea Dailly with Harden Bale filling the trifecta back in third.

Astromatic caused the biggest upset of the night in heat four when defeating recent Hobart Thousand hero Above All.

Astromatic, paying $18.60, began terrifically from box seven and quickly assumed the lead. Once in front that was where he stayed for the entire race, just getting in over the line in front of a fast finishing Above All.

Above All was far from disgraced after finding of trouble during the run before making up a stack of ground. He will get every chance to redeem himself in next Saturday’s semi finals.

It has been a top year for Jeff Britton and Angela Langton and the couple look to have a live chance in the Silver Chief series after Weston East saluted for Angela in heat two.

Clocking 29.90, the son of Oaks Road and Hot Spur used box one to his advantage by railing underneath the field following a slow beginning.

Once he was through the pack and sitting in second position, the black dog hooked to the outside of the leader, Dyna Alchemist, around the home turn and sprinted clear in the straight.

Midnight Flynn was another winner which managed to break the 30 second barrier, clocking 29.84 from box two, while Emrys was the slowest heat victor, although in saying that his time of 30.16 was still very good.

The semi-finals of the Group One Silver Chief Classic will be held at The Meadows next Saturday night.

The complete list of heat winners is as follows:

Heat One – Tureaud (29.72) – Paul Stuart
Heat Two – Weston East (29.90) – Angela Langton
Heat Three – Amaro Bale (30.10) – Jenny Hunt
Heat Four – Astromatic (30.09) – Stephanie Cameron
Heat Five – Emrys (30.16) – Mario Briganti
Heat Six – Dyna Quirk (30.04) – Andrea Dailly
Heat Seven – Dyna Villa (29.67) – Jenny Hunt
Heat Eight – Midnight Flynn (29.84) – Michael Carter
Heat Nine – Dyna Double One (29.55) – Andrea Dailly
Heat Ten – Crackerjack Max (30.07) – Andrea Dailly

The box draw for the four semi-finals are as follows:

Group One Silver Chief Semi-Final
1 Vapour Lee – Lyn Smith
2 Walt Bale – Jenny Hunt
3 Harden Bale – Tina Womann
4 Amaro Bale – Jenny Hunt
5 Dyna Double One – Andrea Dailly
6 Astromatic – Stephanie Cameron
7 Fleetwood Jay – Angela Langton
8 Dyna Alchemist – Steven Collins
9(Res) Decanus – Kerry Chalker
10(Res) Mr Emgrand – Luke Azzopardi

Group One Silver Chief Semi-Final
1 Zipping Ryan – Peter Dapiran
2 Dyna Villa – Jenny Hunt
3 Emrys – Mario Briganti
4 Charleston – Joe Borg
5 Serco Bale – Tina Womann
6 Dyna Vikkers – Andrea Dailly
7 Ikanu Bale – Andrea Dailly
8 Crackerjack Max – Andrea Dailly
9(Res) Quartz Bale – Paul Staurt
10(Res) Fearless John – Jenny Hunt

Group One Silver Chief Semi-Final
1 Axis Bale – Jenny Hunt
2 Gorham Bale – Steven Collins
3 Lektra Outlaw – Andrea Dailly
4 Prescribe – Ted Medhurst
5 Tureaud – Paul Stuart
6 Dyna Quirk – Andrea Dailly
7 Duomo Bale – Jenny Hunt
8 Fleetwood Zack – Angela Langton
9(Res) Quarrel Bale – Steven Collins
10(Res) Macca’s Sway – Joe Borg

Group One Silver Chief Semi-Final
1 Izzey Bale – Andrea Dailly
2 Above All – Robert Britton
3 Dawkins Bale – Jenny Hunt
4 Astronomize – Paul Stuart
5 Weston East – Angela Langton
6 Ultima Bale – Steven Collins
7 Midnight Flynn – Michael Carter
8 Usain I’m Nutty – Andrea Dailly
9(Res) Dyna Yemen – Andrea Dailly
10(Res) Hunter Rocks – Garry White

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 21 2014

Heading to Sandown with today’s Tips and it should be a good day of racing with the final of the Group Two Laurels Classic.

Race No. 1Find Us On Facebook2:11 PM (VIC time)
Maiden event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $1,415 Prizemoney.
1st: $990 2nd: $285 3rd: $140.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TIGER’S HERO [M]3NBTR Britton (Lara)
2JUST LIKE JIM [M]266FSHS Ralph (Tooradin)
3MAGIC COUPS [M]76FSHA Lauterboom (Tooradin)
4CRAY CRAY [M]7422NBTR Britton (Lara)
5FIORELLI MICHA (NSW)[M]53322NBTA Langton (Anakie)
6DYNA PRISCILLA (NSW)[M]2FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
7LEKTRA DAVE [M]53613NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8ANGEL OF MUSIC [M]23255NBTA Langton (Anakie)
9ELFIE [M]Res.55448NBTD Cortese (Hampton Park)
10TROY’S VERDICT [M]Res.65525NBTS Kipirtidis (Cranbourne South)

Angel Of Music is probably one of the most talented maiden chasers going around and today she should be able to break through, she has been placed in eight of 12 starts to date and three starts ago she led until the shadows of the post when placed at The Meadows in fast time. From the pink she should be able to carve across to the early lead and she will prove hard to reel in.

Fiorelli micha has a heap of talent but she wont go past the leader, two starts back she pulled up three times in the run and amazingly wasnt sighted by the stewards, today she should settle mid pack and once she gets up to the leaders she should idle up alongside them and fill the quinella spot.

Tigers Hero is a member of the powerful Robert Britton kennel and he is drawn to run a big race, he was solidly placed here on debut and he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Angel Of Music with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Exacta: 8/1,2,5 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 8Macro Meats Laurels Final (gobis)4:17 PM (VIC time)
S/E Group 2 event over 515 metres at Sandown Of $82,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $50,000 2nd: $15,000 3rd: $7,500 GOBIS: $10,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WEBLEC BELLE (SA)[3]1211229.40(3)J Britton (Anakie)
2WEBLEC ROSE (SA)[4]6272129.39(4)J Britton (Anakie)
3OUSAI BALE (NSW)[4]5771229.66(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
4KERRIGAN BALE (NSW)[4]1273129.48(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
5FOOTLUCE DIVA (SA)[4]2363129.35(1)J Britton (Anakie)
6LAMIA BALE (NSW)[4]7111229.37(4)S Collins (Lara)
7LADY RONRAY (NSW)[3]1113129.58(3)R Steele (Menangle Park)
8JAMIELA TWIST [5]1124229.39(2)J Galea (Rowsely)
9HASHTAG SELFIE [5]Res.1732329.98(5)R Britton (Lara)
10OAKVALE DESTINY (SA)[3]Res.1221329.52(1)J Britton (Anakie)

The main race of the day and i think the speedy Lady Ronray can cross early and she should steal the prize. Her last 50m isnt great but she will be burning along early and im expecting them to shuffle up behind her as they head through the first bend. In her two runs here she has run similar sectionals and overall time and those numbers should be enough to get the cash.

Lamia Bale has the clear class edge and she must never be discounted, im a bit concerned about the draw tonight but she has great track sense and she can work her way through the field.

Weblec Rose continues to improve and she made Lamia Bale look like a 5th grader here last week, if she pings and runs again she should give a great sight.

Weblec Belle is going to be well fancied but i think she is a massive risk from the red, she will look to shift out at the first bend and she may take out half the field.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 2 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Lady Ronray with Sportingbet

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2,6,7/1,2,6,7/1,2,4,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)

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

Best Roughie:
Race 6: Tekki Minx

2014 Group Two Laurels Classic Final Preview

The Group Two Laurels Classic takes centre stage at Sandown Park tomorrow afternoon and it looks to be a great race with a number of talented bitches engaged.

There isn’t much difference between any of the runners time wise so it wouldn’t be a shock to see virtually any of the eight salute.



Lets have a look at what the trainers had to say

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.50
Heat Replay
 
Weblec Belle
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Weber Lochel syndicate
Prizemoney
$52,830
Last 10 Starts
1412712112
December
2012
  Fawn   Bitch   by   Dyna
Tron
- Snow
Excuse
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3,108 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 9 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
53 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 5 2 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – She is well boxed, I think the two will give her a bit of room. I am hoping she can get out well and put herself in the race because if she begins slowly she could get into a bit of trouble.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.40 29.81 (2nd) 5.08 5.16
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.35
Heat Replay
 
Weblec Rose
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Weber Loechel syndicate
Prizemoney
$9,400
Last 10 Starts
- – 14562721
December
2012
  Fawn   Bitch   by   Dyna
Tron
- Snow
Excuse
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,175 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 0
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25 50
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – I didn’t know she was capable of running 4.93 early but when they (Weblec Rose & Weblec Belle) cam to me there wasn’t must difference, she just hasn’t been racing as well. I don’t think she came to racing as quickly as Weblec Belle. If she does what she did last week I think she will be very hard to beat.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.39 29.39 4.93 4.93
Box 3
Race Odds
$11
Heat Replay
 
Ousai Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$18,580
Last 10 Starts
1166457712
October
2012
  Brindle   Bitch   by   Yahoo
Omar
- Geisha
Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,093 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35 53
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – She is a rough chance, a lot of the other bitches in the race are better than her but she is in it so you never know.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.66 29.65 (2nd) 5.09 5.09
Box 4
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Kerrigan Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$47,900
Last 10 Starts
1251812731

July
2012

  Brindle   Bitch   by   High
Earner
- Maple
Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,597 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 10 4 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34 64
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 1 3
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – She has to lead. She will have to get out and go, but she has early speed and she is quite strong to the line when she gets out on the bunny.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.48 29.67 5.02 5.08
Box 5
Race Odds
$26
Heat Replay
 
Footluce Diva
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Trowbridge Trowbridge syndicate
Prizemoney
$33,445
Last 10 Starts
1215723631
July
2012
  Black   Bitch   by   Vapour
Whirl
- Foot
Luce
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,045 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 10 4 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31 59
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 1
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – She is poorly boxed because there will be a lot of speed from the outside coming down on her. She is going to have to rely on a bit of trouble, she is very strong, so if there is a little bit of a pile up and she can get around the other dogs then she is a bit of a chance.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.35 29.81 5.06 5.22
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Lamia Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$85,645
Last 10 Starts
7223171112
July
2012
  Brindle   Bitch   by   High
Earner
- Maple
Bale
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,519 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 10 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29 66
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 4 5 2
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
ARG Comment – Highly talented bitch that is in terrific form at present. She is not well boxed under a brilliant beginner so she will need to put her best paws forward to put herself into the race.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.37 29.67 (2nd) 5.03 5.12
Box 7
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Lady Ronray
Trainer
Ray Steele
Owner
Irena Steele
Prizemoney
$37,175
Last 10 Starts
1113611131
December
2012
  Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic
Rumble
- Ronray
Disco
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,065 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 14 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
78 94
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 1
Ray Steele (Trainer) – I think it will suit her out there because she can come out really good off an outside draw. Her early speed is her best attribute but she will really need it on Sunday because there are seven other handy dogs in the race. She has got to use all of her early speed to be any chance
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 29.58 5.01 5.01
Box 8
Race Odds
$15
Heat Replay
 
Jamiela Twist
Trainer
John Galea
Owner
Kim Holloway
Prizemoney
$11,360
Last 10 Starts
5361311242
July
2012
  Fawn   Bitch   by   Where’s
Pedro
- Valley
Twist
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $793 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30 70
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
ARG Comment – Has run a hot 29.39 over the track and distance but will need some luck to get into the race from the wide draw. If she can find the lead she is as good as any of these on the bunny.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.39 30.04 (2nd) 5.08 5.29
1st Res
Race Odds
$31
Heart Replay
 
Hastag Selfie
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Shane Fisher
Prizemoney
$6,280
Last 10 Starts
-162317323
March
2013
  White
and
Blue
  Bitch   by  

Cosmic
Rumble

- Coulta
Sky
Start Moderate Running   Finish  
Prizemoney Rating $1,298 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 2 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22 78
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – Lightly raced greyhound that is always around the money but faces a stiff rise in class and will need a fair bit of luck to feature if she gains a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 29.84 (3rd)

5.08

5.08
2nd Res
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
 
Oakvale Destiny
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Nathan Wilson
Prizemoney
$240,500
Last 10 Starts
3213728124
July
2012
  Blue   Bitch   by  

Vapour
Whirl

- Foot
Luce
Start Slow Running   Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $ 7,074 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 13 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38 21
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 4 3 4
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – She was stiff last week not to get through. She was last early last week and the dog that was back with her put her into the fence and then she got run off the track when she tried to make some ground. If she can get into the race she will always be a chance.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.52 29.90 (3rd) 5.14 5.32

If Weblec Rose (2) can begin like she did last week then it is hard to see anything leading her. She showed what she was capable of, clocking 4.93 early and 29.39 overall. She does like to get off the track a touch but she shouldn’t be threatened too much early from her direct outside and, as long as she gets clear galloping room around her, I think she can find the front and be too strong. 



Lady Ronray (7) is a class runner and she also shows tremendous speed early. She is a flawless beginner week in, week out, but she does have to cross six other runners here and a few of them can show early toe too. She will need to lead to win as she did get a little bit tired in the final stages last week, but if she can find the front she can record slick time on the bunny. I think she is the value runner in the race and is definitely the one to be on if the odds are too short for Weblec Rose.



Weblec Belle (1) isn’t a brilliant beginner but she is drawn well to get a nice run along the rails and she is very strong in the run to the line. 



Lamia Bale (6) is in top form but wont be helped by the poor draw and a lot of speed in the race. She can record some sizzling early sections in her races, however she has a bit going against her today.

The Group Two Laurels classic is race eight and will jump at 4:17pm.

2014 Hobart Thousand Rises Above All Others

Kiwi owner/breeder Alison Lee is still on cloud nine after her superb greyhound Above All scored an emphatic victory in last night’s Group One Hobart Thousand.

Beginning well from box five, the Robert Britton- trained chaser found the front in the early stages and put on an effortless demonstration, defeating Ride The Rails by seven and three quarter lengths with Melbourne Cup champ Dyna Villa back in third.

“It is surreal, I still can’t believe it”, Lee enthused, “It was very exciting and a great experience”.

Lee made the trip from the Land of the Long White Cloud to the Apple Isle to cheer on her brilliant black performer, thinking that he would race well in the $75,000 to the winner feature.

“I thought that if he jumped and got a bit of clear room that he would be a chance, but I really thought the one (Big Ticket) and two (Dyna Villa) would have jumped better and that he would have had to tuck in behind them”, Lee explained.

“Rob (Britton) said that the four (Blurred Lines) missed the jump and it gave him that little bit of room which he used to his advantage.

“Although he was in front, I wasn’t too sure because he had Dyna Villa behind him, but he just kept going.”

Not only did Above All record one of the most dominant Hobart Thousand wins in recent times, the son of Magic Sprite and Kara Janx also smashed the track record previously held by one turn king Paw Licking, clocking a breathtaking 25.52 over the 461 metre trip.

Lee said his effort to shave 12/100ths off the previous Hobart benchmark was just the icing on top of the cake.

“I couldn’t believe that he broke the track record and I didn’t even realise he had until I got down to the presentation. He went well and to top it off I was then told the track was a little bit soft too, so to get the track record has just made it unbelievable.”

Above All came into the Hobart Thousand series after having a freshen up following his fourth placing in the Melbourne Cup. Lee said that the short break was pivotal for Above All, with just 11 starts to his name before the Tassie series.

“He was unlucky in the Melbourne Cup, he got a couple of checks and we think he hit the rail. For him to hold on for fourth, we were really happy with the run.

“We wanted to keep him fresh, he races better that way and he is only young so Rob has just decided to race him lightly and pick out races for him.”

Above All qualified for Australia’s oldest race with a phenomenal last to first heat performance on December 11. Showing maturity and field sense way beyond what his racetrack experience would suggest, the 32 kilogram powerhouse weaved his way through the field and captured the lead in the run to the line.

“It was a huge run in his heat”, Lee said, “We were absolutely screaming back home.”

“When he jumped and got checked I thought ‘on no’ but he really used his brain, he went back to the rail and found his way through the field.”

Now with 13 starts for eight wins and two minor placings, Above All looms as one of the most promising and exciting chasers in the country. Lee, who bred him with her partner Merv O’Brien in New Zealand, said that they virtually knew from day one that he was superbly talented.

Based on this, they decided to send him to Australian shores to race under the tutelage of Britton, who previously trained their former gun speedster, Clone Your Own, to win the Group Two Harrison-Dawson.

“The bloke that broke him in said that he was quicker than any other dog he has put around.

“When I got him home I hand slipped him at Addington and the time that he ran home in for his first trial was huge. I knew then we had to get him over to Rob as soon as we could.”

“Rob is brilliant, he is such a good conditioner. He looks after his dogs, they are always fit and in brilliant condition and the whole family- Rob and Mary and Pete and everyone that works there, they are just really great.

“Plus they always buy him an ice cream and a cheeseburger on the way home”, Lee laughed.

At this stage, the next goal for him is tomorrow night’s heats of the Group One Silver Chief at The Meadows, however Lee explained that the final call will rest with Britton to determine whether the dog is ready to back up in the 525 metre feature.

“Rob wasn’t going to make any commitments until he was back at home and settled in his kennel, but if there are any issues then he will scratch him straight away.”

Lee and O’Brien, who have been breeding greyhounds for 18 years, look set to have a wonderful ride ahead of them with Above All.

“The sky is the limit for him and Rob will just pick and choose the races for him to go in and eventually he will stand at stud.

“As long as he stays fit and sound he should have a huge future, it is great what he is doing for New Zealand racing.”

Above All Seizes 2014 Group One Hobart Thousand

The Robert Britton- trained Above All has put in a breathtaking performance to claim this year’s Group One Hobart Thousand, defeating an outstanding young field in the process.

The son of Magic Sprite and Kara Janx was the standout heat winner last Thursday, coming from last early to surge clear in a time of 26.16 over the 461 metre trip.

With a better beginning from box five this week, the black powerhouse showed everyone what he is really capable of when getting on the bunny, obliterating the field to score by seven lengths in a phenomenal 25.52.

The airborne time broke the existing 25.64 track record which was set by Paw Licking when he won the same race last year.

Above All defeated the Kelly Bravo- trained Ride The Rails with Melbourne Cup hero Dyna Villa filling the trifecta back in third.

Above All has now won eight races from just 13 career starts with over $105,000 in prize money earnings.

He is now expected to take his place in a heat of the Group One Silver Chief on Saturday night where he has drawn box one in race five.

Sandown Park Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 18 2014

Another cracking night at Sandown Park ahead of a fantastic Group Two Laurels Classic which will be held on Sunday at the track. Hopefully we can get you a few winners tonight so that you have plenty of cash to load up on the big race on Sunday.

Best Bet:
Race 2: Armed And Ready

Best Roughie:
Race 1: Se’s High Above

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,3,6,7,8 – Leg 2: 1,3,7 – Leg 3: 2,3 – Leg 4: 1,2,3,6
$120 for 100%

Race No. 1Onautos.com.au7:06 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ANDIAMO NEO [5]24651NBTR Crisafi (Pakenham)
2SPRING GRACE (NSW)[5]51216NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3LEKTRA UTOPIA [5]45113FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
4FARMOR EYE AM (QLD)[5]216230.01(3)R Britton (Lara)
5SHOUT OUT LOUD [5]31171NBTB Brown (Axedale)
6SE’S HIGH ABOVE (GA)[5]7335429.59(1)R Britton (Lara)
7ALLEN QUARIAN (NSW)[5]31261NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8TELL ME MA [5]321FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
9BILLY BUBBA [5]Res.35532NBTJ Naughton (Berwick)
10ADDIS REVENGE (NSW)[5]Res.33874NBTL Smith (Langwarrin)

Andiamo Nemo has the good draw and he recently caught the eye with a strong 28.17 Bendigo win. He has been placed in three of four here previously and this is the weakest race he has contested at this track. With the wide running Spring Grace drawn on his outside he should get a very clear run into the first turn and he should break away as they head for the back straight.

Spring Grace was a zippy 30.20 Meadows winner two runs back and she should give a great sight. In her past three starts she has recorded sizzling early sectionals and I can see her leading again tonight. She tends to drift wide through the turns so I dont think she can hold out the red.

Se’s High Above is armed with a monster finish and she shouldn’t be too far away at the end, she tends to find a lot of trouble so she could be a good anchor for third and fourth in your exotics.

Allen Quarian is a powerful chaser and if he can find the rail early he should be in the finish, my concern with him is that he can miss away and he will be looking for the rail.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Andiamo Nemo with Sportingbet

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 1,2,7/1,2,6,7/1,2,4,5,6,7 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 2Abba Boarding Kennels7:24 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ARMED AND READY (NSW)[5]1113NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2MY ZEPHYR [5]32617NBTN Armstrong (Cranbourne)
3XTREME GRETEL (GA)[5]21427FSHR Britton (Lara)
4MAXIMUM CHEZ [5]11313FSHA Dailly (Anakie)
5SATSUKI BALE (NSW)[5]51545NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6SHE’S YOURS [5]4372229.71(3)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
7FLOTILLA [5]76781NBTG Walker (Clayton)
8DYNA CHASER (NSW)[5]58412NBTS Collins (Lara)
9JET MIKADO [5]Res.6184630.35(4)P Jones (Hoddles Creek)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Armed And Ready was beaten when on debut here last time but I’m expecting him to make a lot of improvement tonight. He was a tad slow to begin last week and he had to work hard mid race to stay in contention. From the red tonight he should be able to hold them out early and then put a space in them mid race.

Satsuki Bale is dropping in class and she hasn’t had much luck since her handy 30.11 Meadows win, she is drawn poorly again tonight but the four should give her a nice cart across and that should allow her to settle in a prominent position.

Dyna Chaser returned to form at Geelong with a highly impressive 25.86 Geelong win and if he gets across early he will prove hard to hold out, unlike most of his opponents, he is able to run a genuine 515m.

Xtreme Gretel is a former American chaser now in the care of the in form Robert Britton kennel, he comes here with solid credentials so it will be worth watching the betting moves.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Armed And Ready with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,5,8/1,3,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 3Total Rubber7:43 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COME ON FANTASY [5]18624FSTDJ Borg (Maryborough)
2PETER PETTIGREW [5]5323334.72(2)L Cockerell (Buckley)
3BLONDE OASIS [5]33613FSTDB Dapiran (Northwood)
4DYNA GLINDA (NSW)[5]33143NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
5KO KO MIKADO [5]33474NBTP Jones (Hoddles Creek)
6SONIC PIRATE [5]4448334.49(8)P Reinders (Gruyere)
7ZIPPING BART (NSW)[5]3233234.47(3)P Dapiran (Northwood)
8FENDER [5]31221FSHB Divirgilio (Langwarrin)
9MACCA’S SWAY [5]Res.45864NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Come On Fantasy is dropping considerably in class and she is drawn to make a big impact. Five starts ago she posted a strong 29.62 win here from this draw over 515m and in that effort she gave every indication that this trip will suit. There is no speed on her outside so if she can step cleanly she should get every chance to lead all the way.

Sonic Pirate has a solid record here and he should be in the mix for most of the journey, he tends to get a little tired in the run home but if he happens to cross the red early he may just be able to establish a race winning lead.

Zipping Bart charged home when placed at Bendigo last time and with some luck early he should be there again, however if he is short odds I would be risking him as he does make a lot of mistakes in his races.

Dyna Glinda rounds out the chances, she has the ability to ping the lids and she caught the eye when winning at The Meadows in 30.12 three runs back.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Come On Fantasy with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 1/4,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 4Domain Appliances8:07 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PRINCESS PASS [5]44534FSTDJ Sharp (Lara)
2MAVERICK BOMBER [5]52385NBTM Cartechini (Hallam)
3MIMICKING (NSW)[5]4775242.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
4EXQUISITUS [5]46255FSTDJ Imlach (Pearcedale)
6CAMBRIDGE PRINCE [5]33212NBTA Langton (Anakie)
7BORN ALI [5]538T641.97(3)R Britton (Lara)
8TEARS SIAM (NSW)[5]5874141.91(8)R Britton (Lara)

Tears Siam is the litter sister to gun stayer Space Star and she made a dazzling Victorian debut here last week when winning by a staggering 20 lengths in 41.91. Once again she has drawn perfectly in the pink and if she steps on terms with them again she should prove far too classy for these. She is likely to start $1.50 or shorter but that is still massive over’s against this lineup.

Exquisitus has the ability to lead them up and she may be suited to this journey, outside of the pink this is a very weak race so she should get her own way out in front and she should run a cheeky race.

Born Ali is much better than her recent form suggests and she should give a nice site. She is clearly a fair way from her best but she should still be good enough to fill the quinella spot.

Cambridge Prince rounds out the place chances, he has been racing in consistent fashion and he appeared to hit the line a lot better at Geelong over 680m last time out.

Top Four: 8 – 7 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tears Siam with Sportingbet

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

Quinella: 8 to rove with 4,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 5Laser Electrical8:25 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[4]6528234.15(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
2SIGN OF SNOW [4]2663734.37(5)A Langton (Anakie)
3SMART MAXWELL [5]7485434.17(2)D Coleman (Lara)
4DYNA ORION (NSW)[4]4725534.52(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
5HE ISN’T REALLY [4]4674134.40(1)C Schlensog (Anakie)
6OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[5]11445FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
7ECHELONIC ACTION [4]1472134.25(1)D Coleman (Lara)
8CORNELIUS FUDGE [4]1361134.47(4)L Cockerell (Buckley)
9MACCA’S SWAY [5]Res.45864NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Allen Eryk has been racing in good style here of late and his effort three runs back was enormous. Tonight he has the luxury of slow beginners drawn on his outside so with a clean getaway he should be able to poke through and lead as they head past the post the first time. He is quite strong in the run home so if he does happen to lead I can’t see anything reeling him in.

Oakvale Flyer is making her middle distance debut and she shouldn’t have too much trouble covering the ground. She tends to race best when on the speed and this race doesn’t have too much pace so she should be able to lob in the top two early.

Smart Maxwell is better than his form reads and he does have a very zippy 34.17 PB here, if he can come out cleanly and get a clear run he could give a nice sight at odds.

Cornelius Fudge has regained his best form of late and he should be suited by the wide draw, I dont think he can win tonight but I think he is a genuine place chance.

Top Four: 1 – 6 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Allen Eryk with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,3,6/1,3,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 6Long Island Country Club8:50 PM (VIC time)
Grade 4 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CREATIVE KARISMA [4]1536329.34(3)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
2ALLEN GRAVION (NSW)[4]4882329.49(1)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3DYNA NIHILIST (NSW)[4]1312529.51(3)J Hunt (Lara)
4PAPA HOOK [4]3523229.76(6)R Neocleous (Hazelwood North)
5HOT WHIRL [4]32F5229.74(5)J Sharp (Lara)
6MAXIMUS GLIDER [4]5733529.48(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
7JAYNEY BALE (NSW)[4]1155129.48(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
8MISSILE FLASH (NSW)[4]3757129.57(4)A Dailly (Anakie)

Dyna Nihilist is an absolute beast and I think he can get the job done tonight. Two starts back he turned in a monster performance when placed behind Hobart Thousand finalist Ride The Rails and with an ounce of luck tonight he should go one better. At present he is one of the fiercest chasers in training and he really does look suited near the rail.

Papa Hook has the ability to lead and he is nearing another win. He has recorded three impressive placings in a row here and if he happens to cross them early they might just bunch up behind him and he could steal the prize.

Creative Karisma has a great record here and he should run an improved race from the red, he does have a sizzling 29.34 PB here and with the lack of speed on his outside he should be able to get a clear run in the early stages.

Jayney Bale is a class act and she is capable of just about anything, however tonight I think she is limited to a place chance because she may get posted wide for most of the journey.

Top Four: 3 – 4 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Nihilist with Sportingbet

Exacta: 1,3,4/1,3,4,7 ($9 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 3/1,4,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Emerson School9:11 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HELLO GOOD BYE [5]7531429.09(5)P Galea (Rosedale)
2MAXIMUM LIL [5]1261429.39(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
3WHERE’S THE SURF [5]74123NBTD Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4SKINNY VINNIE [5]3246529.57(2)R Britton (Lara)
5HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[5]7435629.35(2)A Langton (Anakie)
6ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[5]3223429.80(6)S Collins (Lara)
7DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[5]1577429.88(8)S Collins (Lara)
8MEPUNGA MOSS [5]7454729.43(2)J Britton (Anakie)
9CLASSIC NITRO [5]Res.F4723FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10SPA JANGLES [5]Res.5333329.84(4)J Mccoll (Daylesford)

Maximum Lil can be hard to follow at times but when she pings the lids she is capable of running blistering times. Two starts back she stepped cleanly and reeled off an explosive 29.86 Meadows win, tonight she meets a similar lineup and apart from the pink there is no early speed at all, so she should get every chance to show her best form.

Where’s The Surf has been placed in six of ten here and he has been desperately unlucky in his past two starts, with an even getaway tonight he should be able to sit just behind Maximum Lil in the early stages and he will then apply pressure as they turn for home.

Hello Good Bye is a long way from his best but two starts back he did record a strong 29.54 win here, if he can repeat that effort he shouldn’t be too far away at the end.

Mepunga Moss had no luck here last week and she is capable of pinging the lids, she is down on confidence but if she finds the bunny early she can turn in an improved performance.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 1 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Maximum Lil with Sportingbet

Exacta: 2,3/1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Trifecta: 2/1,3,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 8Macro Meats9:35 PM (VIC time)
Free For All event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[4]3512229.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
2AWESOME PROJECT (NSW)[1]1661229.35(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[3]4316129.27(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
4OLLIE BALE (NSW)[4]1848629.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
5BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[3]5535229.26(5)J Hunt (Lara)
6HAWK ALONE [2]2556629.38(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7DYNA NICO (NSW)[4]2622329.62(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
8PRINCE TO EXCEL (NSW)[3]8152529.67(2)G Jose (Catani)

Awesome Project is a gun speedster and he should make light work of this lineup. Two starts back he stepped up in distance to score a dazzling 34.23 win here over 595m and I think he is better suited back to this journey. There is a bit of speed drawn around him tonight but he should be able to out muster them and if you can land $2.50 or better that is value.

Hawk Alone is never far away over this journey and he should be able to return to some form, there is a fair bit of speed in this event so he should be able to settle mid pack and that will allow him to avoid trouble at the first turn.

Humphrey Bale was far from disgraced when placed here last week and from the red he should be in the mix again. He will need a bit of luck at the first turn but if he gets it he should make an impact.

Musquin Bale beat Humphrey Bale here last week and he must be respected again, my concern with him tonight is that the two dogs underneath him have enough speed to match him and he may be posted wide for the first few hundred meters.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Awesome Project with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Race No. 9Tab Rewards9:55 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 595 metres at Sandown park Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PENNSYLVANIA IS [5]7851134.59(8)A Paraskevas (Cranbourne South)
2ROCKABILLY KING [5]54615NBTE Dowsey (Cowwarr)
3THATCHER [5]52125NBTC Russell (Kyabram)
4BONJOUR BONSOIR (NSW)[5]4675234.76(3)J Delaroche (Cranbourne North)
5SPA CHEANG [5]84455FSTDJ Mccoll (Daylesford)
6EL CHANA [5]25526FSTDL Sturgess (Talbot)
7DIVA’S SHADOW [5]16835FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
8MISS SHIRLEEN [5]36336NBTN Stanley (Portland)
9MACCA’S SWAY [5]Res.45864NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
10BLACK CHASE (QLD)[5]Res.37385NBTJ Gill (Darriman)

Pennsylvania Is surprised me here last Sunday when he came from off the speed to score in 34.59, from the red tonight he should be able to push through and lead them up and on the bunny he should go a lot quicker on the clock. I think he can possibly get down to the 34.20 mark and there isn’t anything in this field that can get down to that sort of time.

Diva’s Shadow is making her middle distance debut and she should give a great sight. She is armed with smart early speed and she should match motors with Pennsylvania Is for most of the journey, she may get a little tired in the run home but she should be able to hold on for a place.

Bonjour Bonsoir was far from disgraced when placed at The Meadows last time and she should be in the mix again, she lacks early speed but she is strong and she is a must for your exotic bets.

Top Four: 1 – 7 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Pennsylvania Is with Sportingbet

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

Trifecta: 1/4,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

First Four: 1,7,8/1,7,8/4/Field ($30 for 100%)

First Four: 1,7,8/1,7,8/Field/4 ($30 for 100%)

Race No. 10Harvey Norman – Springvale10:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DR. DES [5]1373329.57(6)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
2DYNA FATBOB (NSW)[5]2175529.58(1)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3BUNGA BUNGA [5]6417329.74(2)J Greenough (Pearcedale)
4STRANGE WISH (NSW)[5]3636129.67(2)D Saunders (Somerville)
5RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]7743330.03(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
6POLLY BALE (NSW)[5]4523629.73(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
7UPSET BOY [5]8344729.64(2)J Hunt (Lara)
8TRICKY ROSE (NSW)[5]15112NBTB Dapiran (Northwood)
9CLASSIC NITRO [5]Res.F4723FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
10OLD JOCK [5]Res.16462NBTN Stanley (Portland)

Tricky Rose is back to her brilliant best and she is drawn to make a big impact. Three starts back she showed a dazzling turn of foot soon after box rise when scoring at The Meadows in 30.31 and she should take some stopping again, with a clear run she is capable of running some serious time and this looks her race.

Rumero Reason has turned in three strong performances since resuming from a short spell and he is bursting to break through. He is going to need a lot of luck in running but if the gaps open at the right time he could get the cash.

Dyna Fatbob is dropping in class and he is suited by the rails draw, he can be hit or miss early but he is capable of good things when he steps cleanly.

Polly Bale rounds out the chances, she is better than her form reads and she only needs a clear run in the first 50m to feature.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tricky Rose with Sportingbet

Exacta: 2,5,8/2,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 2,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/2,5,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 11Razldazl Greyhounds10:40 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DESTINI LOBO [5]7525629.76(1)E Rinaldi (Lethbridge)
2MINORITY (TAS)[5]27732NBTG Campbell (Peechelba)
3WEALTHY SCHOONER [5]12312NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
4KING ROCKSTAR [5]1181629.88(6)M Briganti (Tuerong)
5SAGE BALE (NSW)[5]12244NBTM Delbridge (Balliang)
6DR. RAHOUAL [5]5376329.67(6)J Mcmahon (Darriman)
7LISSA BREEN [5]15327NBTC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
8HESTIA BALE (NSW)[5]5352629.87(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
9ZIPPING COCO (NSW)[5]Res.87114FSTDB Dapiran (Northwood)
10RASHAD REASON (NSW)[5]Res.77353FSHA Dailly (Anakie)

Hestia Bale has been racing well in much stronger company of late and she gets her chance to score tonight. She is better suited to a rails draw but she still has the speed to cross and she has won three of her seven tries here.

Sage Bale should be in the mix for a long way and he too is dropping in class, with a wide runner on his outside he should get a clear passage early and he will get his chance to make an impact.

Dr. Rahoual is well drawn out wide and he will be strong in the run to the line, he has won here previously in a solid 29.67 and if given some room early he should be able to turn in a similar effort tonight.

King Rockstar rounds out the winning chances, he has speed to burn and if he settles in the top two early he may prove hard to reel in.

Top Four: 8 – 5 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hestia Bale with Sportingbet

Exacta: 5,6,8/4,5,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 4,5,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,6,8/4,5,6,8/1,3,4,5,6,8 ($36 for 100%)

Race No. 12Laurels Final This Sunday10:58 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $7,150 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,000 2nd: $1,430 3rd: $720.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YOKO [5]47426FSHJ Carr (Devon Meadows)
2HUMMING BIRDHILL (NSW)[5]1166129.50(1)R Britton (Lara)
3DR. KLAAS [5]4548529.62(5)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
4DELI ALLEN (NSW)[5]67361NBTS Collins (Lara)
5CRAFTY MAISY [5]12361NBTC Russell (Kyabram)
6JAGMAN [5]43311FSHC Johannsen (Devon Meadows)
7FLAME BALE (NSW)[5]51152NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8HILDA’S BEST (NSW)[5]42134NBTR Britton (Lara)
9LEKTRA SPIDER [5]Res.15174NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
10DASHA MIKADO [5]Res.84646NBTM Barber (Hoddles Creek)

Humming Birdhill put her best paw forward last time out and she looked ultra impressive when scoring at The Meadows in 30.06. In that effort she showed a great turn of foot soon after box rise and with a similar run in the early stages tonight she should get every chance to lead throughout.

Jagman continues to improve and he should run a big race again, last time out he beat the exciting Gunloch at Cranbourne in 30.57 and he only needs luck early to feature.

Flame Bale scored a hot 30.14 Meadows win three runs back and if she repeats that effort she should run a big race again, she normally shows early speed and there isn’t a whole lot of speed drawn underneath her.

Hilda’s Best should follow Flame Bale across early and he should make up for his luckless effort here last week.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 7 – 8

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Humming Birdhill with Sportingbet

Exacta: 2,6,7/2,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 2 to rove with 6,7,8 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/6,7,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

2014 Group One Hobart Thousand Final Preview

The Hobart Thousand is the oldest race in Australia and has been won by some of the sport’s finest since it was first run in 1935.

The 2014 Group One Hobart Thousand will see a terrific lineup of some of the most promising young chasers in the country.

Lets have a look at each runner individually.

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.60
Heat Replay
 
Big Ticket
Trainer
Steven Clarke
Owner
Pat Sofra
Prizemoney
$22,785
Last 10 Starts
1122151511
December
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Fabregas - Bella
Portrait
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,753 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 8 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62 85
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Steven Clarke (Trainer) - He has got his box so hopefully he takes advantage of it. He can be a little bit tardy from the boxes but if he can begin with them he certainly has the speed to match it with them.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.90 25.90 5.12 5.12
Box 2
Race Odds
$2.40
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$469,060
Last 10 Starts
3181311131
October
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Roxio
Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $19,544 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 15 2 5
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62 92
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
ARG Comment – Melbourne Cup winner that was very impressive in his 25.94 heat win. Has been jumping consistently well lately and would prove very hard to catch if he bounces on the bunny.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.94 25.94 5.07 5.07
Box 3
Race Odds
$51
Heat Replay
 
Breaker’s Tip
Trainer
Gary Fahey
Owner
G & G Fahey
Prizemoney
$14,450
Last 10 Starts
3231112211
October
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Mogambo - Dennes
Point
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $850 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 7 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41 88
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 4 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
ARG Opinion – Has won five of his last seven and began well last week but he comes up against a terrific field and looks like he will have to improve a few lengths or hope for a lot of interference to win.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.22 26.37 5.05 5.05
Box 4
Race Odds
$12
Heat Replay
 
Blurred Lines
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Brett Bravo
Prizemoney
$75,860
Last 10 Starts
1712122871

March
2012

  Black   Dog   by   Batrim
Bale
- Witch
Fantasy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,107 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 11 9 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31 67
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – It is probably not the greatest box for him because he needs a clear few strides early to get moving, if he gets that he goes ok.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.23 26.23 5.11 5.11
Box 5
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Allison Lee
Prizemoney
$31,165
Last 10 Starts
1421211141
July
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Magic
Sprite
- Kara
Janx
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,833 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 7 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
64 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG Opinion – His heat run was his first start since finishing fourth in the Group One Melbourne Cup behind Dyna Villa. He put in a terrific run last week and is right in the race if he can begin cleanly.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.16 26.16 5.10 5.10
Box 6
Race Odds
$18
Heat Replay
 
Hellyeah Bolt
Trainer
Anthony Bullock
Owner
Hellyeah syndicate
Prizemoney
$88,090
Last 10 Starts
4656212341
September
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Dyna
Lachlan
- Flash
Diamond
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,545 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
57 27 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47 72
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 10 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 1 2
Anthony Bullock (Trainer) – I give him a big chance. I think it depends on what the one (Big Ticket) and the two (Dyna Villa) do at the start…if he begins like he did last week I will be very happy.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.75 25.96 5.04 5.04
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Ride The Rails
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Nadine Brown
Prizemoney
$52,165
Last 10 Starts
2132726311
October
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Cosmic
Chief
- Pearl
Napoleon
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,086 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 17 13 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35 75
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 3 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – His heat run was impressive. Hopefully being drawn off the track will allow him to get clear room to get into the race and he won’t find too much trouble. The Tassie dog in the pink (Señor Slamma) seems to go pretty straight, it doesn’t crash down to the fence, so as long as he (Ride The Rails) can begin with them I think he will improve a lot from his heat.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
26.05 26.05 5.12 5.12
Box 8
Race Odds
$18
Heat Replay
 
Senor Slamma
Trainer
Gary Johnson
Owner
Robyn Johnson
Prizemoney
$35,665
Last 10 Starts
1111211111
April
2012
  Fawn   Dog   by   El
Grand
Senor
- Tequila
Mall
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $793 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 20 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44 56
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 8 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 2
Gary Johnson (Trainer) – He likes the outside but the key to the dog is that he has got to jump to win. He usually runs pretty good sections and his second section is where he usually clears out away from them.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.88 26.23 5.01 5.12
1st Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heart Replay
 
Kicking Rocks
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Ryan Tredway
Prizemoney
$28,560
Last 10 Starts
2247311112
October
2011
  Red
Fawn
  Dog   by  

Cosmic
Rumble

- Really
Satisfies
Start Slow Running   Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,298 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41 82
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – A very fast greyhound that is capable of clocking some scintillating times. He is tardy at box rise but has great acceleration when he is given time and room to balance up. Will need luck if he gains a start but is more than capable on his night.
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
- 25.95 (2nd)

-

-
2nd Res
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Ted Medhurst
Owner
R Johnson & S Sutton
Prizemoney
$551965
Last 10 Starts
3213728124
June
2011
  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Everlong
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $ 10,614 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 30 8 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58 83
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 8 3 1
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comment – Class runner of the field that has been a little disappointing at his last two starts. Despite this, he is one of the best dogs in the race and would prove hard to beat if he gains a start
Best Hobart Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.77 26.01 (2nd) 5.09 -

Dyna Villa (2) is the class runner of the race. He is the winner of this year’s Melbourne Cup and is a genuine Group One star. He is drawn well in box two on Thursday night and if he can get room to move in the early stages he should get to the front and prove very hard to run down.

A few of the dogs in this race are hit and miss early but, if they time the start right, they can really fly. 

Big Ticket (1) looks to be a quality dog in the making and he has the ability to match it with any of these if he begins with them. Box one will help him but he can’t afford to let them get away from him in the early stages. He is the fastest qualifier coming into the race so must be respected.

Above All (5) ran a phenomenal race in his heat after striking trouble in the early stages. He didn’t manage to break 26 but the style of the win was amazing. You would think if he steps well he is good enough to challenge for the lead and take out the title.

Senor Slamma (8) is in terrific form as a winner of 11 of his past 12 starts, but he comes up against a whole new class of greyhound tonight and will have to make a big step up in grade.

Ride The Rails (7) has had two starts back since fracturing a hock for two outstanding wins. He is fast enough to win but he can mix his box manners and that won’t be any help in a Group One field. 

Hellyeah Bolt (6) is a quality dog but his form is hit and miss. He was back to his best last week but it is a big ask to do it again the following week and he only has an average strike rate from the green. Not saying he can’t win, but he would need to do everything right.

Greyhound Tips & Betting Preview December 14 2014

It should be a terrific day at Sandown Park with the semi finals of the Group Two Laurels classic and that is where we are headed with today’s Tips.

Race No. 4Ideal Fasteners3:13 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 715 metres at Sandown Of $2,175 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,525 2nd: $430 3rd: $220.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SURVIVOR SAL [5]77456NBTT Cortese (Hampton Park)
2MEPUNGA SAMMY [5]87676FSTDJ Britton (Anakie)
3HEAVENLY STAR [5]66556FSTDG Graham (Woodleigh)
4MIMICKING (NSW)[5]3477542.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
6ABBEY’S HAND [5]87126FSTDR Britton (Lara)
7SUNDAY SESS [5]17875NBTD Murray (Napoleons)
8TEARS SIAM (NSW)[5]65874FSHR Britton (Lara)

Mepunga Sammy has had no luck at all since resuming from a spell and he should be suited by the rise in distance. Back in April he posted a blistering 29.32 victory here over 515m and if he can produce those sort of sectionals early he should be able to build up a monster lead mid race. Being by Bekim Bale and the manner in which he hits the line over 515m, I believe he should have no trouble covering the ground.

Tears Siam is ideally drawn out wide and she comes here with solid NSW staying form, she has recently joined the powerful Robert Britton kennel and she should be primed for a bold first up showing in Victoria.

Abbey’s Hand should settle near the speed and she should give a nice sight, the last 50m may be a concern but she should be able to hold on for a place.

Mimicking is a long way from his best but this is the weakest race he has contested for a while so he must be included in your exotic bets..

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 6 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Sammy with Sportingbet

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

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

Trifecta: 2/4,6,8/Field ($15 for 100%)

Race No. 9Laurels Final Next Sunday4:36 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 595 metres at Sandown Of $2,305 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,615 2nd: $460 3rd: $230.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1YAZZ [5]64536NBTL Harris (Somerville)
2OPEC BALE (NSW)[5]62121FSTDM Delbridge (Balliang)
3SONIC FURY [5]65746NBTP Reinders (Gruyere)
4DR. DES [4]3137334.43(4)W Mcmahon (Darriman)
5ALOUETTE MAGIC [5]54558FSHJ Worsfold (Girgarre)
6MACCA’S SWAY [5]84586FSTDJ Borg (Maryborough)
7SERASH BALE (NSW)[5]72311NBTJ Hunt (Lara)
8PENNSYLVANIA IS [5]17851FSTDA Paraskevas (Cranbourne South)
9IN BLACK GEAR (NSW)[5]Res.51888FSTDA Langton (Anakie)

Opec Bale has been racing in explosive fashion and he really powered to the line when scoring at Horsham last time in 32.79. With a clean getaway tonight he should be able to settle in the top three and he should prove far too strong in the run home.

Macca’s Sway is making his debut over this journey and he should be suited by the rise in distance, he has had no luck in recent times but if you go back through his form he does have a brilliant 27.37 Horsham victory to his credit.

Pennsylvania Is has the good draw and she should lead them up for a long way, I’m not convinced that she will run the journey but she should have enough in the tank to hold on for a place.

Dr. Des rounds out the chances, he has a lot of talent and he has won here previously in a smart 34.43.

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Opec Bale with Sportingbet

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

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

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

Best Value:
Race 3: Chrichton Bale

Group Two Sandown Laurels Heats Preview

The girls get their chance to shine as the Group 2 Sandown Laurels series kicks off on Sunday. The $50,000 to-the-winner race is open to the best 64 female greyhounds nominated that are whelped on or after 1 June 2012.

The heats take place at Sandown Park on Sunday, followed by semi-finals the following week with the final taking place on 21 December 2014.

The heats contain greyhounds of varied experience and class with a number of noted Group performers scattered throughout.

Here’s a look at the chances in each heat;

Heat One –  Race 1 at 2:04pm

The stand-out is Oakvale Destiny (1). She is already a multiple Group race winner and took out the bitches-only Group 1 Sapphire Crown earlier this year, so she is well and truly proven in this class. She will be a short-priced favourite.

Only two other runners in the field have won at Sandown. Come On Fantasy (2) stopped the clock at 29.62 three runs back to score her first win at the track from four attempts. Career wise she has won just three from 18. Image Puzzle (4) is a lightly raced bitch whose only career win came at Sandown in 29.88. She has led most of her races and will need to lead by a very long way to be any hope of defeating Oakvale Destiny.

Of the other runners, Miss Shirleen has been in the placings plenty of times but has been racing over longer distances. She is also yet to win from box eight.

Heat Two –  at 2:40pm

The Foot Luce sisters appear to have the second race between them. Footluce Diva (3) and Oakvale Flyer (4) are litter-mates to Oakvale Destiny, who is in the first heat. Oakvale Flyer (4), unlike most of the others in the litter, possesses a bit of early toe. If she shows that she will be hard to beat. She was a runner-up behind her sister in the Sapphire Crown and has won five at Sandown with a best of 29.43. Footluce Diva has raced around the track in 29.35 and has won three from seven at Sandown. She loves the rail so the draw looks good. She just has to avoid trouble early on.

Fratelli Fresh (6) has won two from three at the track and eight from 18 overall in her career. Her best at Sandown is 29.75 but she is yet to score from box six. She is very strong and more than capable on her day.

Hashtag Selfie (8) has not long started her career, with just the seven starts under her belt. She has won two and placed on three other occasions. She won her maiden at Sandown in 29.98 from box five. The draw for this heat is the widest she has drawn in her career and she will need to lead early to be in the race at the end.

Heat Three –  Race 5 at 3:16pm

Mepunga Hayley (1) is a Group race winner but she hasn’t won a race since August. The box draw is great for her as she has won three from four wearing the red stretch vest. Her best at Sandown is a fast 29.29.

Pud (8) is the veteran of just eight starts and has been impressive in her last two runs, running best on day at Cranbourne and Sandown. The Mogambo and Mum’s Heart (Elgrando – Zulu Zepha) bitch led all the way in 29.44 last week and clocked a handy 5.02 early. This will be a test for her to see if she can rise in class.

Diva’s Shadow (7) and Hestia Bale (8) have both recorded three wins from five starts at Sandown. Diva’s Shadow has been the quickest of the two with a best of 29.45. Her last two starts have been nothing flash and has won just one from three out of box seven. Hestia Bale has won one from three out of box eight and lacks the pace to cross the field.

Satsuki Bale (3) can show early speed and has won six from 19 overall. She has not really taken a liking to Sandown yet, failing to win after three attempts at the track.

Heat Four –  Race 7 at 3:59pm

The talented Secret Spell (5) will be looking to bounce back after running last in the Group 2 Ballarat Cup final behind Luca Neveelk. The Batrim Bale and Wicked Witch (Larkhill Jo – Witch Magic) bitch has won eight from 11 including one at Sandown in 29.26. A lot depends on how she steps but there does not appear to be much pace drawn around her.

Jamiela Twist (1) hasn’t put a foot wrong at Sandown, placing on each occasion she has raced at the track. Her best winning time is 29.39 and she looks well drawn on the rails.

Farmor Eye Am (2) has started just twice for a win and a second. It is a big jump from just breaking your maiden to starting in a Group 2 event but she is in the astute hands of Robert Britton so needs to be respected. She cracked her maiden at Sandown last week in 30.01 and is the improver in the field.

Mepunga Diva (7) has won twice at Sandown, with her best time of 29.58 coming from box five. She is a risky beginner but when she gets it right can sizzle early as shown by her best first split of 4.96. If she can begin well she will be up in the firing line.

Heat Five – Race 9 at 4:40pm

Handy NSW bitch Lady Ronray (2) gets her chance to show what she is capable of in the fifth heat. She trialled in 29.68 and that should be good enough to take this out. The Cosmic Rumble and Ronray Disco (Bombastic Shiraz – Ronray Lass) bitch has won 13 races from 16 starts and possesses plenty of pace so she should be able to get to the lead where she does her best work.

Julie Bale (5) has been racing over the staying trip with success and has been doing plenty of racing of late. She has not won over the 515m at Sandown but she has won three from box five.

Breshia Bale (7) steps up for her first 500 and is coming off a best-of-day performance over the 480m at Horsham. She can handle a wide draw and is a value each-way chance.

Heat Six – Race 10 at 4:56pm

Weblec Belle (3) is fresh off a win in the Group 3 Brian Johnstone at Angle Park, defeating Oakvale Destiny in impressive fashion. She has won four from seven at Sandown. She is racing very well at the moment so she is a big hope.

NSW bitch Jewel Action (6) has been improving at Sandown. She finished second behind Jordan Allen last week to improve on the last place she got at her first start at Sandown. She runs fast sections early at Wentworth Park and she will need to do that here to overcome the draw.

Rocka Hula Baby (8) has won her last two races including a 29.54 win last start at Sandown. The Premier Fantasy and Brislane (Brett Lee – Thai Again) bitch is in good hands with trainer Kelly Bravo but is yet to prove herself from a wide draw.

Heat Seven – Race 11 at 5:11pm

West On Delly (7) has won her last three on the trot around The Meadows and Sandown. The Brett Lee and West On Bluebird bitch started her short career off in WA in qualifying trials. She has had six starts in Victoria for three wins and two placings. Her best at Sandown is 29.67.

Lamia Bale (1) won well over 595m at Sandown on Thursday night in a heat of the Sir John Dillon Memorial and has won over this trip in 29.47. The only problem with the box one draw is that she likes to get off the track. She is better from a wider box. She has recorded a best of 29.48 at Sandown.

Jayney Bale (2) has won four of her last eight. Two of these have been at Sandown. The Jarvis Bale and Kumar Bale (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Winfrey Bale) bitch has won six from 15 in her career and has a good record from box two.

Heat Eight – Race 12 at 5:26pm

Dyna Nico (2) loves to be drawn near the rail and she is a great beginner. She has just the two wins at Sandown from eight attempts with a best of 29.62 but the draw brings her into the race.

Kerrigan Bale (5) has three wins at Sandown but likes to be drawn closer to the rail. She has been racing some class dogs like Kiss Me Ketut and Chica Destacada in recent times so she will appreciate racing against some of the more inexperienced chasers in this field.

American import Se’s High Above (6) won her maiden at Sandown in 29.59. She has not won at Sandown since but she is a very strong chaser. She lacks pace early which can be a problem from the draw.

2014 Group One Melbourne Cup Is Dyna Villa’s

Dyna Villa (8) has taken out the Group One Melbourne Cup in style, carving across from box eight to streak away for a two length victory in 29.36 at Sandown Park on Friday night.

The Collision and Roxio Bale (Droopy’s Vieri – Francesca Bale) dog came into the race unbeaten at the track. He had also never had his colours lowered wearing the pink stretch vest.

The money had been coming for Dyna Villa all day and at box-rise he was just shy of starting as the favourite. That honour went to Keybow (1) who punters had supported well due to the prime rails draw.

Dyna Villa forged out a fast first section of 5.04 to lead clearly into the first bend, just ahead of NSW bitch Chica Destacada (2). Rounding the turn, there was a little bit of interference between Above All (3) and Luca Neveelk (7), which left space for Keybow to hunt up along the rail into third.

Down the back, Dyna Villa got out to a six length lead and at this stage it was clear we were looking at this year’s Melbourne Cup winner. Chica Destacada tried her heart out, maintaining second position and pocketing connections $120,000 while Keybow filled the last of the minors.

Dyna Villa, trained by Jenny Hunt, has now won his first Group race. Prior to the Melbourne Cup, he had made the final of the Group 2 Geelong Cup. The generous prize-money of $420,000 takes his earnings over $460,000. He has just turned two years of age and the big win takes his career record to 15 wins from 23 starts. He looks to be the next star for the famous Wheeler family and little wonder given he is closely related to the recently retired Xylia Allen.

Full Results

1st: Dyna Villa (8) – Jenny Hunt
2nd: Chica Destacada (2) – Doreen Drynan
3rd: Keybow (1) – Darren McDonald
4th: Above All (3) – Robert Britton
5th: Cosmic Wise (5) – Jeffrey Britton
6th: Awesome Project (4) – Darren McDonald
7th: Star Recall (6) – Jeffrey Britton
8th: Luca Neveelk (7) – Gerald Kleeven

Time: 29.36
1st Split: 5.04 (8)
2nd Split: 18.62
Margins: 2 x 2
Scratchings: Cawbourne Whip (9), My Bro Fabio (10)

Sweet It Is Takes Out 2014 Bold Trease

She has done it again.

The bitch that trainer Darren McDonald described post race as a “Bold Trease re-incarnated” unleashed her trademark run home to clinch the 2014 Group One Bold Trease at Sandown at Sandown Park on Friday night.

A clear run in transit is always the key for the daughter of Mogambo and Off Springer (Flying Penske – Skullring) and, while she was slightly hampered leaving the home straight the first time, she could not of asked for a much better trip.

Ever the consummate professional, Sweet It Is took full advantage of the uninhibited run home to give the early leaders a cold and storm away to salute by a cool 5 1/2 lengths in a rapid 41.56.

After leaving the boxes reasonably well, Sweet It Is settled in seventh place as Zipping Maggie (2) took the ascendency, leading from Space Star (4).

Halfway down the back straight, Space Star took over and looked a big hope. Sweet It is began her move as the field passed the 715 metre boxes and made ground in a hurry.

Swinging for home, that familiar lightning turn of foot was as evident as ever as the 28kg black bitch hooked to the outside and put paid to her rivals in the twinkling of an eye en route to her fourth Group One victory.

Space Star hung on for second placing with rank outsider Reap The Benefit (5) working home for third placing.

Of the beaten brigade, excuses could not really be made for any of the runners with the winner simply too good and interference reasonably minimal.

The win was Sweet It Is’ 15th from 47 career outings and sees her career earnings reach a whopping $584,065.

2014 Group One Bold Trease – Full Results

1st – Sweet It Is (3) – Darren McDonald

2nd – Space Star (4) – Robert Britton

3rd – Reap The Benefit (5) – Michael Chilcott

4th – Zipping Maggie (2) – Peter Dapiran

5th – Beks (1) – Patrick Bouchier

6th – Blinker’s On (8) – Brooke Ennis

7th – Mystic Twist (6) – Mark Cauchi

8th – Coulta Rock (7) – David Curtain

Time: 41.56

1st Split: 6.17 (2)

2nd Split: 15.88 (2)

3rd Split: 30.62 (4)

Margins: 5 1/2 x 3 1/4

Scratchings: Dyna Kayla (9), Manila Express (10)

2014 Group One Bold Trease Final Preview

While the Melbourne Cup takes centres stage at Sandown Park tonight, greyhound fans will be treated to a double dose of Group One racing.

Just two races earlier, $100,000 is up for grabs for stayers in the 2014 Bold Trease.

Darren McDonald will rug up the favourite Sweet It Is from box three. Despite having won almost every important race on the calendar, the Bold Trease has been one that has so far eluded the astute Devon Meadows mentor.

Rob Britton will look to make it back-to-back wins in the race after he won the 2013 final with Cheetah Zorro. Britton is the only trainer in the race who has won the event in the past.

The Bold Trease is Race Six on the card and is scheduled to jump at 8:38pm.

Here is a look at each dog in detail with comments from connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 

Beks

Trainer
Patrick Bouchier
Owner
Patricia Bouchier
Prizemoney
$39,360
Last 10 Starts
3152325241
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Flaming Doll
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,270 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 6 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 2 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 2
ARG Comments: Made the most of his opportunities to flash home and score in 42.04 last week. That was his first win at the track in six attempts. He will need to begin well to be an chance of competing here.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.04 42.04 6.34 6.37
Box 2
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$90,025
Last 10 Starts
1111432642
30 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale - Natalie Rass
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,215 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 12 5 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Peter Dapiran (Trainer): “The draw looks to have helped her, it is what you want to be drawn close to the fence with both Sweet It Is and Beks usually reasonably slow away. She should get a good look at the lure. She got a little bit tangled up last week and, by the time she balanced up the run on dogs had a little bit too much momentum and just got her on the line.”


Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last

41.85

42.08 6.13 6.19
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.10
Heat Replay
 
Sweet It Is
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$484,065
Last 10 Starts
1232221112
36 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Mogambo - Off Springer
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $10,523 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
64 18 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 4 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Braden Finn (Owner): “I spoke to Darren yesterday and he said the bitch is as good as ever and jumping out of her skin he’s just hoping for a clear run! It looks a very good race with the 2 dogs on the rise Space Star and Blinker’s On improving all the time should be a good final all dogs worthy of their spot in the race. I think the six should come out and lead and give the pink a nice cart over which will make him hard to beat.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.46 41.94 6.23 6.23
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
 
Space Star
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Camilla Limon
Prizemoney
$36,800
Last 10 Starts
1111315321

29 Months

  Black   Dog   by  

Bekim Bale

- Tonto Tears
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,840 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 12 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 02 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 4 0 0
Robert Britton (Trainer): “It was exciting to have a dog with so much ability come into the kennel, you often get pups who are a little more average so it was great to have him come in. We knew he had a big motor and it was good to see him get off the track last week where he wants to be, that allowed him to show what he can do. It was a good field in his heat but when you are running 41.6 then you wouldn’t be too disappointed if you got beat. To be honest I am not too happy with this week’s draw with the pace on his outside. I am hoping he can get a clear run early but you just wonder how it will happen. It could be a big night for us, but I have learnt over many years to not get too excited, they don’t give these sort of races away, that’s for sure.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.65 41.65 6.20 6.20
Box 5
Race Odds
$101.00
Heat Replay
 
Reap The Benefit
Trainer
MIchael Chilcott
Owner
Geoffrey Collins
Prizemoney
$19,450
Last 10 Starts
4231212252
32 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale - Zarbo
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $648 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
30 5 7 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
17% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 1
Michael Chilcott (Trainer): “He has drawn the worst box and is between the two fastest dogs in the race but you can not do much about that. He has enough pace to be up there but got shuffled back from second to second last in the heat, if he is sitting midfield heading for home, you never know.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.81 6.35 6.35
Box 6
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Mystic Twist
Trainer
Mark Cauchi
Owner
Kim Hollway
Prizemoney
$61,615
Last 10 Starts
1511737371
37 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Velocette - Valley Twist
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,760 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 12 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
ARG Comment: Front running bitch who looks the likely leader in the race. Led all the way in her heat, winning in 42.07. That was her first win over the trip in three attempts. She will have to improve on that time to take this race out.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.07 42.07 6.06 6.06
Box 7
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Coulta Rock
Trainer
David Curtain
Owner
David Curtain
Prizemoney
$40,235
Last 10 Starts
431F341251
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Velocette - Coulta Sally
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,150 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 10 5 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 66%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0

David Curtain (Trainer): “He has a lot of ability and is maturing all the time. I think nearly every dog copped some interference in his heat and he did well coming back but that is why the time isn’t real flash. There is no stress and no expectation, whatever he does is a bonus.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.75 42.75 6.30 6.30
Box 8
Race Odds
$3.40
Heat Replay
 
Blinkers On
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Troy Little
Prizemoney
$50,590
Last 10 Starts
7123211112
30 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble - Good Oil
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,300 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 9 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 2 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative): “If you could draw the field the way you wanted to, this would have to be close to it. He should get a great cart over and be right in the race. He trialled over 600 before last week and was simply outstanding, he was very unlucky last week and probably should have won easily. But you have those nights and it was one where nothing went our way. He should get a lot more luck this week given the way the field is drawn. You can never be too confident with Sweet It Is in the race, she can do freakish things and run down anyone when things go her way.”


Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
41.71 42.18 6.28 6.28
1st Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heart Replay
 
Dyna Kayla
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$136,285
Last 10 Starts
6411142173
28 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian - Amity Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,867 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 14 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: Quality race bitch who found trouble when crossing to lead last week. She has plenty of Group racing experience and would be far from the worst if she gained a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.11

42.16

6.13 6.19
2nd Res
Race Odds
$101.00
Heat Replay
 
Manila Express
Trainer
Captain Abbott
Owner
Captain Abbott
Prizemoney
$23,645
Last 10 Starts
1234121413
32 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bekim Bale - Flossy
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $430 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 15 6 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
ARG Comments: A run on type who does most of her racing in easier classes. She will be a fair way back in this type of field and looks tested.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.32 6.27 6.27

The early pace in the race looks likely to come from Mystic Twist (6) and Zipping Maggie (2).

This should give Blinker’s On (8) a beautiful cart across into the action. Should he be afforded a clear run, he will take some running down.

Champion bitch Sweet It Is (3) will be worse than midfield early and is sure to be running home like a hungry school kid. If she gets a clear run in transit, she will add a fourth Group One title to her impressive curriculum vitae.

Space Star (4) set the time standard in the heats and had tons of ability. He will need to avoid dogs cutting across him early if he expects to use the track as usual.

2014 Group One Melbourne Cup Final Preview

The eagerly anticipated Group One Melbourne Cup is scheduled to jump at 9:24pm (VIC time) tonight at Sandown Park.

A whopping prize-money pool of $600,000 is available for place-getters. The winner receives $420,000, the runner up will receive $120,000 and third grabs hold of $60,000 – not too shabby for a 29 second run.

The Melbourne Cup was first conducted at Sandown Park in 1956. The race has come a long way since. In this year’s edition a number of story lines thread their way into the race.

If Keybow wins, he will break the Australian prize-money record and will make his trainer, Darren McDonald the first trainer to win four Melbourne Cups. If Above All wins he will become just the second greyhound from New Zealand to take out the great event. That feat was last achieved 40 years ago.

Recent winners of the Melbourne Cup include Black Magic Opal, Got A Moment, Dyna Tron, El Grand Senor, Lord Ducal, Surgeon, Betty’s Angel and Closing Argument.

We will soon know who the 2014 winner is. Here is a look at the form of each of the finalists;

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.10
Heat Replay
 
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$343,635
Last 10 Starts
2414153611
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty - Key Exit
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,818 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 16 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 1 2
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Kelvin Lean (Owner): “It is a good draw, it’s unbelievable. I think in these big races you have got to be on the inside and there is so much speed in this race that the inside is definitely the place to be.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.36 29.36 5.05 5.11
Box 2
Race Odds
$4.80
Heat Replay
 
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee syndicate
Prizemoney
$145,655
Last 10 Starts
6311156821
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble - Eluthra
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,699 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 12 5 3
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Doreen Drynan (Trainer): “It is the same box that she won the National Sprint from but she seems to go better when she is drawn out on the track a little bit. She seems to be able to pace up a lot quicker because she is inclined to step a bit to the right when she comes out of the boxes.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.22 29.22 5.02 5.02
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
 
Above All
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Alison Lee
Prizemoney
$29,510
Last 10 Starts
1F14212111
27 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite - Kara Janx
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,951 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 6 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 3 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Robert Britton (Trainer): “He doesn’t have the early pace that others have in this field. What he has shown me is that he is fearless in taking gaps, so hopefully he can get a soft early run into the first turn and take any gap that may be presented to him.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.33 29.38 5.11 5.11
Box 4
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Bradley Canty
Prizemoney
$297,690
Last 10 Starts
1711163131

43 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Collision - Honour Phase
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,412 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 28 7 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 8 3 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 5 0 0
Bradley Canty (Owner): The draw is not good for him with the six, seven and eight all going to be crashing across from out wide with pace. He has speared the lids and come out running a couple of times like when he won the Harrison- Dawson and in a heat of the Brisbane Cup he came up two in front, but I think whatever dog leads that race will probably win.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.35 29.39 5.00 5.12
Box 5
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Cosmic Wise
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Brona Lane Racing syndicate
Prizemoney
$110,645
Last 10 Starts
4131115311
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Chief - Wise Penny
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,875 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
34% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 6 2 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 0 0

Justin Wright (Owner): “Box one helped her last week and I would imagine the track was a bit quicker than it normally is but we were still chuffed with how she went. It will be very different this week and I don’t think she has the pace to beat the other seven to the first corner. There is going to be a lot of early speed and she is a mad railer, she will look for the rails straight out of the boxes. I reckon her only hope is if she misses it a little bit and then goes straight to rail and if there is a little bit of trouble on the corner that she can rail up underneath. It is going to be tough but you have got to be in it to win it. She will give 100% and whatever happens, happens.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.40 29.40 5.07 5.07
Box 6
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Star Recall
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Kevin Dover
Prizemoney
$158,305
Last 10 Starts
1221111881
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   High Earner - No Recall
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,166 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 21 7 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 2 1
Kevin Dover (Owner): “Hopefully she can ping the lids and get up with them near the lead going into the first turn. She is not a mad railer, she holds her line to the first turn, so that should help her too.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.34 29.34 5.05 5.05
Box 7
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$128,865
Last 10 Starts
1113111131
29 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Talk’s Cheap - It’s A Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,772 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 22 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
81% 93%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0

Gerald Kleeven (Trainer): “I reckon he can get across and I like him out there. It depends on what the pink (Dyna Villa) does but he (Luca Neveelk) is a pretty big dog so the pink shouldn’t push him out of the way. He just needs clear room in the first one or two strides and then he has got that massive early pace. Whatever gets out in front will win, there is no two ways about it, because you have got seven other dogs with equal ability behind you and they usually all look to go to the rails and they will be in a bunch. If you are lucky enough to get to the front I’d imagine you would be laughing.”

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.42 29.42 5.00 5.00
Box 8
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Villa
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$46,635
Last 10 Starts
4333181311
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision - Roxio Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,220 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 13 2 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 7 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
ARG Comment: Dyna Villa is unbeaten at the track and unbeaten from the box. He showed tremendous pace last week from box six to defeat My Bro Fabio by 1 1/4 lengths. He recorded his best time in the process. A repeat of the pace from last week will see him contesting the lead in the early stages. He has to be considered a big chance based on his form.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.21 29.21 5.00 5.00
1st Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heart Replay
 
Cawbourne Whip
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Jodie Lord
Prizemoney
$83,305
Last 10 Starts
1124634432
34 Months   Black & White   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan - American Spot
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,136 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 16 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 1 1
ARG Comment: Does not have the pace to match some of the speedsters in the final and will be well and truly at double figure odds if she gains a start.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.29

5.10

5.10
2nd Res
Race Odds
$4.60
Heat Replay
 
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$202,075
Last 10 Starts
2111151112
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Turanza Bale - Flamenco
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,811 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 21 9 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 5 2 3
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 0
ARG Comment: Will rocket right into contention if he gets a start. Although he is tardy at box-rise at times, he is a freakishly fast dog that is capable of anything.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.09 29.29 5.15 5.24

Keybow (1) is currently the favourite from the prized rails alley. He just needs an ounce of luck early to stamp his authority on the race but there will be plenty of others in the field looking to challenge him.

Dyna Villa (8) is boxed out wide and possesses the best record of any dog in the race as he is unbeaten at the track and unbeaten from the draw. He is the fastest qualifier going into the final after stopping the clock at 29.21 in last week’s heats. His sections across the board were great and he will prove hard to beat if he repeats last week’s efforts.

Luca Neveelk (7) will be challenging for the lead early. He needs to be in front at the first turn to be any chance.

Awesome Project (4) has a mile of ability and seems to be flying under the radar a little due to the focus on his kennel mate. He came out last week to lead all the way and he is more than capable of doing that from box four.

Chica Destacada (2) was impressive last week and she is drawn to go well again. Her trainer has indicated that she may step right out of the boxes but she has the form from the box, winning the National Sprint earlier this year from the same draw.

The Kiwi’s will all be cheering for Above All (3). While he will need some luck in the early stages, he has made the final and certainly has a big future ahead of him as he has come into the race with just 10 starts under his belt.

Cosmic Wise (5) and Star Recall (6) both have Western Australian connections and will be aiming to give the West something to cheer for. The draws are not great for either chaser but, as with all the other chasers in this final, they are in with a chance.

It should be a great race so be sure to tune in or get trackside.

Above All, It’s All A Dream

Rangiora couple Alison Lee and Merv O’Brien have arrived in Melbourne to watch their 28 month old pride and joy, Above All, take his place in the final of the Group One Melbourne Cup at Sandown on Friday night.

Their excitement is palpable as they describe how they feel about getting a dog they have bred into the final of one of Australia’s biggest races.

“Amazing isn’t it.

“It’s hard to believe that it’s a dog we bred ourselves and it is just amazing really, it is kind of like a dream, actually it is a dream. When we first got into greyhounds it was a dream when we first came over to Australia to race a dog. To believe that this (Melbourne Cup) is actually happening, is amazing,” Lee said.

Above All’s mother Kara Janx was bred by Lee and O’Brien and was whelped in 2007. She faced the starter 34 times for seven wins and eight placings. She won all her races at Addington over the 520m distance.

Others in Above All’s litter include About Town, Eckles, Minnie Bannister and Neddy Seagoon. Not including Above All, the rest of the litter have won 14 races between them across the ditch in New Zealand.

Above All came to Australia with just two starts under his belt. His first start resulted in a win over 295m at Addington in June of this year. That win was then followed by a fall at his next start at the same track. He then popped up in Robert Britton’s kennels in and had his first start in Australia in September at Sandown, winning first-up in 29.33. He has gone on to record another three wins at Sandown (including the heat win last week) and one at The Meadows. That brings his career tally to six wins from 10 starts.

Robert Britton trained Clone Your Own for Lee and O’Brien so they had no hesitation sending Above All over.

Clone Your Own was a success winning a number of races in Victora and taking out the Group Two Harrison-Dawson in 2013. His mother, Elie Saab, is a litter sister to Kara Janx.

“It was a real easy decision to send the dog over, they are such nice people, really great and he is a lovely guy. So there were no second thoughts about sending him to Robbie,” Lee said.

Lee and O’Brien take their breeding choices seriously and plenty of thought was given to choosing Magic Sprite as a sire.

“I’m a great believer in the Waroo Lass line through National Lass and I just try and cram as much of that as I can if I’m in a position to. At the time I bought the straw, Magic Sprite was $880 and it’s a gamble you take on an unproven sire but you have to do what you think is best for the bitch and not what’s best for Merv and Ali. The selection comes first. We are in it for breeding we aren’t in it for our own personal “I like that dog”. You have to do what is best for her (Kara Janx) and I believed Magic Sprite was for her.

“Clone Your Own’s mum, we mated her to Magic Sprite as well because Kara Janx and Elie Saab are litter sisters and unfortunately she missed and she’s had big big litters previously. This was going to be her last litter. So the next one I was looking at was Oaks Road. It’s what suits our girls and that’s all that counts, that’s the most important thing,” O’Brien told ARG.

It has been 40 years since Kwik Metal, a chaser from New Zealand, won the Melbourne Cup. Above All will be looking to create history again on Friday night and it would be great to see it happen for his dedicated owners.

The Breeding Behind A Melbourne Cup Finalist

Let’s face it, we would all love to have a greyhound running in the Group One Melbourne Cup final on Friday night at Sandown. So what does it take to get a finalist into the coveted race?

A look behind the scenes at the breeding of each of the finalists reveals some interesting facts which may go some way to telling us what the right recipe is for getting a Group One finalist.

Keybow

Keybow is a 30.5kg male chaser by Take The Kitty and Key Exit. Key Exit was trained by Ken Cheetham and recorded seven wins from 22 starts. The wins were at places like Wentworth Park, Gosford, The Gardens and Maitland.

Key Exit is by Over Flo and Atlanta Belle. Atlanta Belle hails from the highly successful Matic-bred line. Her dam is Georgia Belle, who is found in the breeding of stud dog Hurricane Luke and other chasers such as Brother Knows (2006 Group 1 Derby winner), Persian Belle and Ironstein (2006 WA National Sprint Champion).

So, although Keybow is out of a moderately performed bitch, his dam-line has a good history of success.

Chica Destacada

It is really no surprise that Chica Destacada is a very hand chaser. The 26.5kg Cosmic Rumble bitch has the Group-performed Eluthra as her mother. Eluthra (Most Awesome – Buena Sarah) made the final of the Group One National Futurity in 2008. She was also the winner of the 2007 Group Two Wentworth Park Potential Stakes.

Eluthra’s previous litter to El Galo produced El Caballo, a finalist in the 2012 Group One Easter Egg and Ella Bonita, a finalist in the Group Three Ladies Bracelet.

Above All

The 32kg Kiwi-bred chaser has an Australian dad (Magic Sprite) and a mother that raced in New Zealand. Kara Janx had seven wins from 34 starts and is by Fashion Thief and More Than This. Fashion Thief is an Australian bred dog who qualified fastest for the Group One National Derby in 2004 and now stands in New Zealand. More Than This was a well-performed New Zealander, finishing third in the Auckland Oaks.

More Than This also features in the breeding of Clone Your Own. Clone Your Own, who is also owned by Above All’s connections, came to Australia to race under the tutelage of Robert Britton. He was highly successful, with the crowning glory a victory in the Group 2 Harrison-Dawson.

Awesome Project

Awesome Project’s dam, Honour Phase, was unraced but this mere fact has not stopped the 30kg Collision dog from being a success on the racetrack.

However, you don’t have to scratch the surface too much to see why his dam has been a success. Honour Phase is by Big Daddy a Cool and Hunter Tylo. Hunter Tylo is the mother of Group winner Oh Behave. Oh Behave has produced Group finalists such as Will You Behave and Maddison Dee.

So although it is a risk breeding from an unraced performer, Awesome Project proves that it can be done with success.

Cosmic Wise

Cosmic Wise is a strongly built 29kg bitch by Cosmic Chief and Wise Penny.

Wise Penny did much of her racing in Western Australia, winning nine from 48. Her worth as a brood lies in the fact that she is by Bombastic Shiraz and Awesome Berger. Awesome Berger is from a prolific line that has produced Group chasers the ilk of Bit Chili, Tifi, Did I Entertain, Double Twist, Smart Betsy, Smart Valentino and even Paua To Burn.

Star Recall

The 27kg Western Australian chaser Star Recall is by High Earner and No Recall. No Recall had 13 wins from 43 starts with the majority of those wins at Cannington. No Recall’s mother, Bradshaw Girl, was a very versatile chaser, winning from 410m through to 725m.

The mother of Bradshaw Girl, Glamourette, also features in the breeding of Cool Effort who won the Group 2 Shoot Out in 2007 and the Group 2 Geelong Cup.

Luca Neveelk

Luca Neveelk has had a flying start to his career. The blue 36kg chaser is by Talks’s Cheap and It’s A Neveelk. It’s A Neveelk won nine from 59 before being retired to the breeding barn. She is by Nitro Neveelk and Bigbad Leesa.

Bigbad Leesa did not do much on the track, having just the one start for no return. Bigbad Leesa is by Brett Lee and Lara Flynn and that is where we start to understand the success behind this line. Lara Flynn out of Mystery Bird, the 2002 Australian brood-bitch of the year and dam of Group 1 Easter Egg winner Cyrus The Virus. Mystery Bird is out of Dollar Bird, the matron of another Easter Egg winner, Stately Bird.

Dyna Villa

On the face if it, Dyna Villa is by Collision and Roxio Bale but when you dig down you find out that Dyna Villa is related to none other than the recently retired superstar Xylia Allen.

Roxio Bale is the sister of Xylia Allen’s mum, Tayah Bale (Droopy’s Vieri and Francesca Bale). Roxio Bale raced largely in South Australia, racking up 17 wins.

Roxio Bale has produced a Group performer in her previous litter to Meticulous. Allen Makoto finished second in the Group Two Silver Chief in 2013 and was a finalist in the 2013 Group Three SA Derby.

In conclusion, there’s a nice spread of sires in this year’s final with just Collison featuring twice. Clearly, a large amount of success for these chasers stems from the success of those in their dam-line. What the analysis of the breeding does show is that while having a well performed bitch feature in the first few generations is very handy, it isn’t always necessary as moderately performed chasers can also throw a Melbourne Cup finalist. In saying that though, the analysis demonstrates that it helps if these moderately performed chasers hail from successful dam-lines.

Te Amo Calls It A Day

The curtain has fallen on a career that has brought a new meaning to love in WA greyhound racing and that dog is none other then Te Amo.

The daughter of Cosmic Rumble – Osti’s Bride, who gained the name Shots after she was born, captured the hearts of not only those who where directly connected to her, but the Australian racing community.

“It wasn’t just about us owning Shots and her being trained by Linda Britton, a lot of people around the country liked her as a dog and the way she raced”, breeder Michelle Romer explained.

“It was the biggest buzz having people love her. There are lots of good dogs out there and Shots had something special that people loved about her.”

Handler Luke Townsend was always at the forefront of her cheer squad in an important role at the other end of Te Amo’s lead. In May of 2013 Shots won her qualifying trial in a slick 30.50, the following week she went onto lower her time in her maiden to 30.48.

“One race really stuck in my mind. Before her maiden I had no idea how good she was and Linda being Linda didn’t say much beforehand. When she came out and won her maiden I actually freaked out, I remember looking at Linda  (and) saying ‘oh my god!’ She replied saying ‘she’s a good dog Michelle.”’

Te Amo has retired a winner of 20 races from 51 starts with placing’s on 17 occasions. She recorded her personal best time of 30.28 at Cannington in April this year when she finished third behind On Coin.

It was her early speed out of the boxes that saw her land in front of the field time after time but it was her strength hitting the line that occasionally saw her come unstuck.

Te Amo also featured in four Group races, her biggest appearance being the Group One Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park where she finished fifth.

“I will miss not being able to see her on a racetrack again but I will be able to look at her replays all the time!”, Romer laughed.

“Why push her if she can’t race to her full potential? She has done enough; she doesn’t need to win any more races.”

Shots has spent the last few days settling into Romer’s kennel after a recent stint in Victoria, in the care of Robert Britton, where she had her last start in a Melbourne Cup Prelude finishing fifth from box four.

While owners Romer, Grant and Rebecca Adamson and Simon Allen are experiencing the happy-sad feeling that retirement brings to connections, they are waiting in anticipation for Shots’ career in motherhood to begin.

“Where she was born is where she will start her next stage of life. I’m just excited for her puppies and for her to live in the house and be my baby girl. She will have a really good life.”

After reconnecting with Shots, Romer is already experiencing the puppy with the angel kiss (crest) on her forehead that grew up in front of her eyes just over three years ago.

“Shots’ personality has not changed since she left, she is very bubbly! She has the same puppy eyes and is always wagging her tail. She remembers me.”

In the background Shots expressed her need for attention with a series of howls.

“She wants me to go down with her and play with her! Shots is going to have to know that I share time with her and the other girls I have here. It will be a rude awaking from racing to retirement but time will settle her down.”

Romer has a Collision straw that she is thinking might be suitable for Shots, but it is still very up in the air.

“I might let her have a season first and settle her in before I put her in pup. Her mother was a fantastic mum so I can only hope Shots is the same.”

Although racing enthusiasts around Australia will miss the little black bitch with the Spanish name for ‘I love you’ on WA soil, they will have her puppies to look forward to in years to come.

Melbourne Cup And Bold Trease Box Draws Announced

The box draw for the $600,000 2014 Melbourne Cup Final has been conducted at Sandown, with Keybow drawing the coveted red box.

Keybow will not have all the running to himself early though as there will be plenty of pace coming from the outside boxes, with speedsters Star Recall and Luca Neveelk drawing beside each other in boxes six and seven.

Chica Destacada has also drawn very well in box two for Doreen Drynan.

Fatest Melbourne Cup heat winner Dyna Villa has drawn well out in the extreme outside draw in the pink rug. A repeat performance of his equal best of night 5.00 first sectional could see the Jenny Hunt trained son of Collision off and gone on the first corner.

Australian Racing Greyhound expect Keybow to start the clear favourite for the final in fixed odds markets. Be sure to check out the different promotions and free bets being conducted on greyhound racing’s night of nights.

2014 Group 1 $600,000 Melbourne Cup Final Box Draw

Keybow – Darren McDonald
Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan
Above All – Robert Britton
Awesome Project – Darren McDonald
Cosmic Wise – Jeff Britton
Star Recall – Jeff Britton
Luca Neveelk – Gerald Kleeven
Dyna Villa – Jenny Hunt
Reserves
Cawbourne Whip – Anthony Azzopardi
My Bro Fabio – Brooke Ennis

2014 Group 1 Bold Trease Final Box Draw

Sweet It Is has drawn box three for the Bold Trease and will be extremely hard to beat with any luck in running.

Space Star appears to have drawn extremely well in box four outside the noted slow beginner, as has Zipping Maggie in box two for Peter Dapiran.

Blinker’s On has drawn the pink for the final after qualifying from that box in the heats.

Beks – Patrick Bouchier
Zipping Maggie – Peter Dapiran
Sweet It Is – Darren McDonald
Space Star – Robert Britton
Reap The Benefit – Michael Chilcott
Mystic Twist – Mark Cauchi
Coulta Rock – David Curtain
Blinker’s On – Brooke Ennis
Reserves
Dyna Kayla – Andrea Dailly
Manila Express – Captain Abbott

Final Field Determined For 2014 Group One Melbourne Cup

The final field for the Group One Melbourne Cup has been determined after eight hotly contested heats of the event were conducted at Sandown Park on Thursday night.

Time honours went to the Jenny Hunt trained Dyna Villa (29.21) just ahead of Chica Destacada (29.22), trained by Doreen Drynan.

Darren McDonald and Jeff Britton both have a strong hand in the final, qualifying two runners each.

McDonald has a great record in the Melbourne Cup. He has already won three of them with Hallucinate (2004), Surgeon (2007) and Shanlyn Prince (2008). Awesome Project or Keybow could make him the only trainer to ever win four.

Here’s a look at how each of the heats were run and won;

Heat One

The Melbourne Cup heats opened with a win for New Zealand as the Alison Lee owned Above All (5) qualified first for the rich final. Above All is trained by Rob Britton and he had great success with another of Lee’s New Zealand chasers, Clone Your Own.

The Magic Sprite and Kara Janx (Fashion Thief – more Than This) dog had only raced nine times for five wins prior to his heat run. For this event he had drawn the squeeze box and was racing plenty of Group winners.

Lucy Lobster (8) grabbed the early lead while Humphrey Bale (1) was also hunting up on the inside. Above All was positioned nicely in third, advantaged by having the tardy beginner Oakvale Destiny (5) on his inside. Rounding the first turn, Above All squeezed through Humphrey Bale and Lucy Lobster to take the lead and secure a 6 1/2 length win in 29.37. Weston East (10), the second reserve, ran home well for second and Oakvale Destiny (4) was third.

A New Zealand bred chaser last won the Melbourne Cup in 1974, courtesy of Kwik Metal. She was a bitch by Gabriel Mist and Metal Joey (Keen Metal – Russkar).

Heat Two

Class prevailed in the second heat as Awesome Project (3) atoned for his unlucky Shoot Out run to begin well and score by 4 1/2 lengths in 29.38 at the juicy odds of $6. Once the Darren McDonald chaser hit the lead, no other greyhound in the field was going to get him. The Collision and Honour Phase (Big Daddy Cool – Hunter Tylo) dog notched up his eighth win at Sandown while Hostile (1) and Ritza Hattie (5) filled the minors.

Heat Three

McDonald continued with his winning touch in the third heat, handling the Doreen Drynan trained Chica Destacada (6) for a smart 29.22 win. Banjo Boy (1) looked to be beautifully boxed but he dwelt at the start and cost himself valuable ground. Chica Destacada, a diminutive black bitch by Cosmic Rumble and Eluthra (Most Awesome – Buena Sarah), crossed beautifully from box six and was able to stave off Cawbourne Whip (2) by a length on the line. Mepunga Hayley (8) rounded out the placings.

Heat Four

Things could not get any better for McDonald after Keybow (8) came out in the fourth heat to win and qualify for next week’s final, giving McDonald two cracks at winning his fourth Melbourne Cup. The box draw was perfect for Keybow as he stuck outside the pace and worked his way around the tight pack of leaders. Crackerjak Dak (3) just couldn’t get to the lead clearly, hampered by Take Charge (1). While Keybow was making his run down the back Iva Vision (6) was also running strongly into the picture. However, Keybow is a known strong chaser and once he was in front he was not going to go down easily. He stopped the clock at 29.35. The Take The Kitty and Key Exit (Over Flo – Atlanta Belle) dog scored by five lengths over Iva Vision and Oakvale Flyer (4).

Heat Five

WA chaser Star Recall (2) turned a last at Sandown the previous week into a first this week. The High Earner and No Recall (Big Daddy Cool – Bradshaw Girl) bitch is now based in Jeff Britton’s kennels and had failed to impress the previous week at the track. In taking out heat five, she recorded 29.34 to record a comfortable 4 1/2 length win. She was able to lead from go to whoa to make her third Group One final. Tiggerlong Amigo (4) tried his hardest to catch the leader but had to settle for second while Hekate Belle (5) wound up in third.

Heat Six

Unbeaten records at the track are hard to ignore and Dyna Villa (6) proved that by taking out the sixth heat and lowering the colours of the much fancied My Bro Fabio (7) in the process. My Bro Fabio was gallant in his 1 1/4 length defeat but he just had too much ground to make up after a slow getaway. Dyna Villa, a dog by Collision and Roxio Bale (Droopy’s Vieri – Francesca Bale), has now won seven from seven at the track and is a real smokey for next week’s final if he can repeat the early sectionals he clocked in this victory. The Jenny Hunt trained dog recorded a personal best of 29.21 and gives the Wheeler family a runner for the big one.

Heat Seven

As expected, the speedy blue dog Luca Neveelk (2) was quick away, recording early sectionals of 5.00 and 18.60 down the back. He had just enough in the tank to hold off the fast finishing Dream It (4) by just a head in 29.42. It was the first start at Sandown for the Talk’s Cheap and It’s A Neveelk (Nitro Neveelk – Bigbad Leesa) dog, trained by Gerald Kleeven. He is now in with a chance to add a Group One title to his recent Group Two Geelong Cup win.

Heat Eight

In the final heat of the Melbourne Cup, Buckle Up Wes (7) was unable to break his Sandown hoodoo, suffering interference in the early stages and finishing down the track in seventh. Cosmic Wise (1) was able to use the advantage of the rails alley to qualify for her second Group One final in the space of a month, after recently making the final of the Group One Adelaide Cup. The Cosmic Chief and Wise Penny (Bombastic Shiraz – Awesome Berger) bitch keenly contested the lead early with One Dee (2) and eventually won that battle on the approach into the first turn.the Jeff Britton trained chaser was not worried from that point, crossing the line 1 3/4 lengths in front of Joey Valdez (3) and One Dee (2). In the process, she clocked her personal best at Sandown of 29.39.

The box draw for the Melbourne Cup will take place at midday on Friday, 14 November.

The finalists are (in heat order):

Above All – Robert Britton (29.37)
Awesome Project – Darren McDonald (29.38)
Chica Destacada – Doreen Drynan (29.22)
Keybow – Darren McDonald (29.35)
Star Recall – Jeff Britton (29.34)
Dyna Villa – Jenny Hunt (29.21)
Luca Neveelk – Gerald Kleeven (29.42)
Cosmic Wise – Jeff Britton (29.39)

Space Star Rockets In 2014 Bold Trease Heats

Space Star made an auspicious debut for the Robert Britton kennel by setting the fastest qualifying time of the four Group One Bold Trease heats at Sandown on Thursday night.

The young son of Bekim Bale and Tonto Tears (Kiowa Sweet Trey – Tears) was having his first start for the Lara based kennel since coming from New South Wales. He clocked a rapid 41.65 for the journey in a 4 1/2 length win.

After jumping midfield from box six, Space Star quickly worked to second and then took over from early leader Flying Twist (1) as they passed the winning post the first time.

From that point on he extended his lead with the only likely danger to be champion bitch Sweet It Is (2) who was finding her share of trouble back in the field.

Space Star proved too good staving off the fast finishing Sweet It Is in a convincing win. The sky could be the limit for this dog if Britton can continue to get him to produce efforts like that.

Earlier Coulta Rock made the most of his opportunities to land the first heat in what was a mixing affair for Longwarry trainer David Curtain. The result was certainly nothing flattering on the clock with the time for the journey being an average 42.76.

After jumping midfield from box four and finding some early interference, the son of Velocette and Coulta Sally (Go Forever – Coulta Tess) found himself second as the field went into the back, some six lengths behind tearaway leader Galloping Rocky (8).

Swinging for home, Coulta Rock railed underneath the tiring leader and plugged home to win in a dour effort. Reap The Benefit (2) ran on well from midfield to grab second and a spot in next week’s final with She Shall Rock (7) a close third.

Beks sprung an upset in the third heat for Dennington mentor Patrick Bouchier when he arrived right on time to claim the race in 42.04.

The son of Bekim Bale and Flaming Doll (Ginger Bread Man – Hot Doll) left box six in seventh placing and slowly weaved a passage through the field to claim Zipping Maggie (2) and Dyna Kayla (3) in the concluding stages.

The fourth and final heat was a rough and tumble affair that saw an all-the-way win to Mystic Twist for trainer Mark Cauchi in 42.06.

The daughter of Velocette and Valley Twist (Surf Lorian – Valley Girl) made her own luck up front when four dogs came down behind her at the first turn leaving her as practically the only runner left unscathed.

She opened up a big break which formed the catalyst for her victory with the favourite Blinker’s On (8) only able to get within two lengths of her on the line.

The qualifiers for the final are listed below in no particular order with the box draw to be conducted at midday on Friday.

Coulta Rock – Dacid Curtain
Reap The Benefit – Michael Chilcott
Space Star – Robert Britton
Sweet It Is – Darren McDonald
Beks – Patrick Bouchier
Zipping Maggie – Peter Dapiran
Mystic Twist – Mark Cauchi
Blinker’s On – Brooke Ennis

Reserves

Dyna Kayla – Andrea Dailly
Manilla Express – Captain Abbott

Sandown Park Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview November 13th 2014

Huge night of greyhound racing tonight at Sandown with heats of the Melbourne Cup and Bold Trease taking place. Be sure to check out our free bets page for our list of exclusive bonus bets!

Best Bet:
Race 11: Marcus Joe

Best Value:
Race 3: Double Rinse

Quaddie:
Leg 1: 1,2,3,6,8 – Leg 2: 8 – Leg 3: 2,3 – Leg 4: 1,5,6,7,8 – $50 for 100%

Race No. 1Tab Melbourne Cup Ht17:04 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[4]7441429.48(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
2KISS ME KETUT [2]7581129.46(6)D Burnett (Marcus Hill)
3CREATIVE KARISMA [3]1115329.34(3)K Podmore (Wagga Wagga)
4OAKVALE DESTINY (SA)[3]3132229.67(7)J Britton (Anakie)
5ABOVE ALL (NZ)[4]2121129.33(3)R Britton (Lara)
6TOP SECRET [4]1221729.72(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
7CAMPASPE WILL [5]1646729.44(8)N Walls (Melton)
8LUCY LOBSTER (NSW)[5]31111FSHC Lamb (Swan Bay)
9BALLERINO [5]Res.41161NBTJ Borg (Maryborough)
10WESTON EAST (NSW)[4]Res.2121429.36(2)A Langton (Anakie)

Tough race to kick off the cup heats but I think Campaspe Will can get the job done from his favourable wide draw. He was desperately unlucky here last time and if he can step like he did last week he should be able to settle in a winning position. Kiss Me Ketut has returned to form in recent weeks and he is aiming for a hat trick of wins. If he pings the lids he should give them something to catch. Oakvale Destiny ran a bottler in the Shootout here last week and if she finds the rail early she should be able to make some sort of impact. Above All is a flying machine and is obviously going to be well supported but he is poorly drawn tonight and a big risk.

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

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

Race No. 2Tab Melbourne Cup Ht27:25 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HOSTILE (QLD)[2]5322129.28(8)D Beasley (Footscray West)
2ALL STRUNG OUT [5]3326229.90(5)G Rounds (Devon Meadows)
3AWESOME PROJECT (NSW)[1]1631329.35(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
4DYNA YEMEN (NSW)[3]1263129.35(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
5RITZA HATTIE (NSW)[4]1321529.37(2)M Gatt (Thirlmere)
6MEPUNGA ARMAGH [2]3721129.34(1)J Britton (Anakie)
7WIND WHISTLER [5]6453329.49(8)A Langton (Anakie)
8SECRET SPELL [4]1211129.26(8)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
9ZIPPING WESTON (NSW)[5]Res.62611NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
10AZZA AZZA AZZA [4]Res.1241629.37(3)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)

Another tough race but it’s hard to look past the well drawn Hostile. Last week he stepped cleanly and reeled off ridiculous sectionals before posting a 29.28 victory. From the red he should have enough speed to hold them out and if he does it should be all over. Ritza Hattie is all class and she can ping the lids in her races. She has a sizzling 29.37 PB here and if she happens to find the bunny early she will give a great sight. Dyna Yemen is the real deal and he looked ultra impressive when posting a commanding 29.35 win here last week. If he can get away on terms he should be in the mix at the business end. Awesome Project is always a chance in this type of company and he must be respected, whilst the exciting Secret Spell will be short odds but I think she is a risk from the wide draw.

Top Four: 1 – 5 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Hostile

Exacta: 1,4,5/1,3,4,5 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 3,4,5 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/3,4,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 3Solo Bold Trease Ht17:43 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $11,750 Prizemoney.
1st: $8,000 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MIMICKING (NSW)[5]5235342.15(8)R Britton (Lara)
2REAP THE BENEFIT [5]21225NBTM Chilcott (Heathcote)
3MEPUNGA TIARA [3]7664641.95(8)J Britton (Anakie)
4COULTA ROCK [5]34125FSTDD Curtain (Longwarry)
5DOUBLE RINSE (NSW)[5]35242NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
6BIG KAT [4]2137242.13(3)C Schlensog (Anakie)
7SHALL SHE ROCK [2]1313341.90(5)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
8GALLOPING ROCKY [5]4234442.54(4)R Conway (Bunyip)
9HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]Res.2518641.69(7)C Schlensog (Anakie)
10DU PLESSIS (NSW)[5]Res.76417NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Double Rinse turned in a monster performance when placed behind Blinker’s On last time out at The Meadows and a repeat of that effort would see her just about lead all the way tonight. She is yet to feature in her three tries here but she has improve a lot of late and I expect a big performance tonight. Shall She Rock has the class edge and she has won three of seven here, she normally begins well and if she finds the bunny early she will prove extremely hard to reel in. Big Kat is never far away in these types of races and her effort behind Shall She Rock here three runs back was far from disgraceful. Mepunga Tiara rounds out the chances, she is much better than her recent efforts indicate and she should be suited by the rise in distance.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Double Rinse

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

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

Trifecta: 5/3,6,7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 5,7/5,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

Race No. 4Solo Bold Trease Ht28:08 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $11,750 Prizemoney.
1st: $8,000 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FLYING TWIST [3]1124441.80(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
2SWEET IT IS [1]2211141.46(3)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
3BAILEY ROSE (NSW)[5]23262NBTE Lieshout (Drouin West)
4MANILA EXPRESS [5]12141FSHC Abbott (Edenhope)
5JUST DUCAL [4]1615542.03(1)J Roberts (Devon Meadows)
6SPACE STAR (NSW)[5]31532FSHR Britton (Lara)
7LOVE AFFAIR (NSW)[5]73337NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
8PUMPED UP ZARR (NSW)[4]1651142.60(8)N Staines (Yass)
9HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]Res.2518641.69(7)C Schlensog (Anakie)
10DU PLESSIS (NSW)[5]Res.76417NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Space Star has recently joined the powerful Robert Britton kennel and this superstar in the making should make a good impression in his Sandown Park debut. He is suitably drawn out wide and he is armed with a dazzling turn of foot soon after box rise. He has won 11 of 19 starts to date and in most of those wins he has run the hands off the clock. Sweet It Is has the class edge and she set the track alight with a 41.46 win here last time, she is going to give Space Star a bit of a head start but she is too good to dismiss. Flying Twist has the good draw and she should land on the bunny early, she races much better when in the lead so she should give a nice sight at odds. Bailey Rose could be the value, she has been placed in five of seven here and she could be a nice place bet again.

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Space Star

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

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

Trifecta: 2,6/2,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

Race No. 5Tab Melbourne Cup Ht38:31 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BANJO BOY [1]2331129.34(8)K Virtue (Tooradin)
2CAWBOURNE WHIP (NSW)[5]63443NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
3CLASH OF KINGS (QLD)[5]21325NBTS Whyte (Bunyip)
4WARRIOR KING (NSW)[4]5727129.25(1)B Ennis (Lara)
5BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[2]3236529.26(5)J Hunt (Lara)
6CHICA DESTACADA (NSW)[5]15682NBTD Drynan (Llandilo)
7KERRIGAN BALE (NSW)[4]4125129.48(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
8MEPUNGA HAYLEY [2]2545729.29(5)J Britton (Anakie)
9DYNA NICO (NSW)[4]Res.1235229.62(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
10CORNELIUS FUDGE [5]Res.8452629.30(8)L Cockerell (Buckley)

Very open affair and I’m going with the well drawn Mepunga Hayley. Her recent form isn’t flashy but she hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in recent times and from the pink she should get a clear run early and clear shot at them as they head into the first turn. S he has an enormous engine and if she gets through the first bend she will take a power of beating. Clash Of Kings should have beaten Above All here two runs back and he is well placed near the inside. His box manners aren’t great but he does muster pace at a rate of knots, if he is given a clear run in the first 30m he should settle in the top two early and he will give a great sight. Banjo Boy has been under an injury cloud of late but if he is sound he is obviously a great chance, he will need to lead to win but from the red he should get every chance. Cawbourne Whip is the value, she stormed home here last week and she will be much better for that run.

Top Four: 8 – 3 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Mepunga Hayley and Clash Of Kings

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,8 ($6 for 100%)

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

Race No. 6Tab Melbourne Cup Ht48:52 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TAKE CHARGE [3]6261229.52(2)S Mckenna (Napoleons)
2BLURRED LINES [3]2122829.68(8)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3CRACKERJACK DAK [1]8261129.43(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
4OAKVALE FLYER (SA)[3]1443229.48(7)J Britton (Anakie)
5CRAWF’S BREAD [1]8221729.37(5)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
6IVA VISION (QLD)[3]1121129.27(3)P Young (Morayfield)
7GORHAM BALE (NSW)[4]1143329.42(5)S Collins (Lara)
8KEYBOW (NSW)[4]1536129.36(2)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
9BECKENBAUER (SA)[4]Res.3111429.51(3)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
10HAILSTORM BILLY (NSW)[5]Res.6374329.35(2)A Langton (Anakie)

Keybow returned to his best at The Meadows last time when posting a blistering 29.72 win and a similar effort tonight will see him win again. He can sometimes be a little slow to begin but with a slow beginner drawn directly underneath he should be afforded a clearer run into the first bend even if he does miss away. Iva Vision captured the Shootout here last week and he should prove hard to hold out again, he is poorly drawn tonight but he is going too well at present and he is capable of overcoming some difficulties in running. Take Charge is drawn to hold them out at the first bend and he caught the eye with a speedy 30.00 Meadows win two runs back, his last 30m is always a struggle but if he holds them out early he should set up a nice lead mid race. Crackerjack Dak is back in form and he has won five of six here, he must cross and lead to win so maybe place claims look best tonight.

Top Four: 8 – 6 – 1 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Keybow

Exacta: 1,6,8/1,3,6,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,3,6 ($3 for 100%)

Trifecta: 8/1,3,6/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 7Tab Melbourne Cup Ht59:12 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PELOTON BALE (NSW)[3]4327229.68(2)J Hunt (Lara)
2STAR RECALL (WA)[5]11188NBTJ Britton (Anakie)
3ALLEN DEED (NSW)[3]6215429.31(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
4TIGGERLONG AMIGO (NSW)[5]1822429.52(4)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5HEKATE BELLE [3]6161129.29(1)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
6OSCURA (QLD)[3]1312429.52(3)B Ennis (Lara)
7NOCKABOUT AUSSIE [5]1345629.81(3)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
8WE ARE GEELONG [3]1147529.62(2)M Karamatic (Lara)
9DYNA ALCHEMIST (NSW)[4]Res.2145529.44(1)S Collins (Lara)
10VEYRON BALE (NSW)[5]Res.3523529.57(3)A Dailly (Anakie)

Star Recall was never out of trouble here last week and she should show immense improvement. Prior to coming to Victoria she had posted two sub 30 second wins at Cannington and if she can reproduce that form she should be running around the 29.10 mark on the bunny here. Allen Deed is a freak and he should have won the Shootout last week, if he can get through the first bend tonight he will prove extremely hard to hold out. Peloton Bale has the good draw and he should get all the breaks as they head into the first bend, if the two favourites happen to make some mistakes he should be there to pounce. Oscura and Nockabout Aussie are the two run on dogs in the event, they are great place prospects and it could be worth anchoring them for third and fourth in the exotics.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 1 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Star Recall

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

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

Race No. 8Tab Melbourne Cup Ht69:35 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BESSY BOO (NSW)[5]43132FSHC Proctor (Londonderry)
2SHOULDERS (NSW)[5]86218NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)
3TEXAS TITAN (SA)[5]1422829.57(7)J Britton (Anakie)
4SUMMER WAGES [5]2147229.50(2)W Bickerton (Cranbourne South)
5SUPERFONIC (QLD)[4]8131329.40(4)S Whyte (Bunyip)
6DYNA VILLA (NSW)[2]1813129.46(2)J Hunt (Lara)
7MY BRO FABIO (NSW)[1]1511129.09(8)B Ennis (Lara)
8LAMIA BALE (NSW)[5]2572229.54(2)S Collins (Lara)
9PAPPA GALLO [5]Res.3243129.45(5)M Cortese (Hampton Park)
10ALLEN ERYK (NSW)[3]Res.P742729.43(3)A Dailly (Anakie)

My Bro Fabio is flying and with any sort of luck he should win. His two efforts to win at The Meadows over 600m of late have been massive and prior to that he turned in a strong effort to win here in 29.23. He is capable of just about anything and as long as he gets through the first turn he will prove very hard to hold out. Dyna Villa is unbeaten here in six tries and if he steps cleanly he should give the favourite something to catch. Lamia Bale has been racing well here of late and she deserves a change of luck, it’s a tough ask from the pink draw but she may give a sight at odds. Bessy Boo is a gun NSW speedster and he will improve on his steady trial effort here last week, if he goes around at silly odds he might be worth an each way ticket.

Top Four: 7 – 6 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 7/1,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 6,7,8/1,6,7,8 ($9 for 100%)

Quinella: 7 to rove with 1,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Race No. 9Solo Bold Trease Ht39:55 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $11,750 Prizemoney.
1st: $8,000 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LADY TOY [3]2655342.19(5)N Gost (Little River)
2ZIPPING MAGGIE (NSW)[3]4326441.85(2)P Dapiran (Northwood)
3DYNA KAYLA (NSW)[4]1421742.11(6)A Dailly (Anakie)
4IMA FAIRYTALE [4]2261541.98(3)S Cachia (Anakie)
5SISCO RAGE [5]1111441.96(1)J Galea (Lara)
6BEKS [5]32524NBTP Bouchier (Dennington)
7JULIE BALE (NSW)[4]3351242.31(6)S Collins (Lara)
8ACOLA ROSEBUD (NSW)[5]44611FSTDT Noy (New Gisborne)
9HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]Res.2518641.69(7)C Schlensog (Anakie)
10DU PLESSIS (NSW)[5]Res.76417NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Zipping Maggie has been a little unlucky but also disappointing of late but she looks suited in this event. She normally begins well and with a good getaway tonight she should be able to lead from go to whoa. Dyna Kayla is resuming from a short spell and she trialled well here recently over 515m. Being fresh, she should be able to settle in the top two early and she should be thereabouts at the end. Lady Toy is a strong finisher and she is never far away over this journey, from the red she should settle a little closer than normal and a big performance is expected. Sisco Rage is airborne and he should put some pressure on early, his last 50m is a worry but he is still a strong chance.

Top Four: 2 – 3 – 1 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Maggie

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

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

Trifecta: 2,3/2,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 2/1,3,5/Field ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 10Solo Bold Trease Ht410:15 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 715 metres at Sandown park Of $11,750 Prizemoney.
1st: $8,000 2nd: $2,500 3rd: $1,250.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPING JOE (NSW)[3]6556642.14(8)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
2MYSTIC TWIST [5]73737NBTM Cauchi (St Leonards)
3BORN ALI [5]3253841.97(3)R Britton (Lara)
4STARC (NSW)[4]3422542.10(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
5SHOT TO BITS [4]4154141.87(1)P Ryder (Corio)
6BECCI LEONE [5]53326NBTM Chilcott (Heathcote)
7ZIPPING RORY (NSW)[3]1572141.67(4)B Dapiran (Northwood)
8BLINKER’S ON [3]2111141.71(7)B Ennis (Lara)
9HEAPS OF ABILITY [5]Res.2518641.69(7)C Schlensog (Anakie)
10DU PLESSIS (NSW)[5]Res.76417NBTA Dailly (Anakie)

Zipping Rory is a tad hit or miss early but when he does bounce on the bunny he is capable of running ridiculous times. Las time out at The Meadows he landed on the lure and scored a commanding victory in a scorching 42.46. This race is a bit stronger but if he finds the early lead he will take a power of beating. Blinker’s On can find trouble in his races but he is super talented when given clear running. He is aiming for five in a row and with an ounce of luck early he will be right in the finish. Shot To Bits hit the line strongly when scoring here last time in 41.87 and if he can settle in the top four he should make an impact again, he is a star stayer in the making but he is still learning the trade.

Top Four: 7 – 8 – 5 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Zipping Rory

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

Trifecta: 5,7,8/5,7,8/1,4,5,7,8 ($18 for 100%)

Race No. 11Tab Melbourne Cup Ht710:34 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 515 metres at Sandown park Of $17,250 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MARCUS JOE [1]3224229.24(4)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
2LUCA NEVEELK [5]11113FSHG Kleeven (Denison)
3WEBLEC BELLE (SA)[4]3141229.71(1)J Britton (Anakie)
4DREAM IT [3]4245129.23(8)B Ennis (Lara)
5HAWK ALONE [1]2323229.38(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
6DYNA OSTRANDER (NSW)[3]3337329.56(2)J Hunt (Lara)
7KILTAH MAGIC (QLD)[3]1465429.35(4)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
8OLLIE BALE (NSW)[3]3751129.32(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
9ACCOMPLISHED [5]Res.44273NBTP Presutto (Devon Meadows)
10COSMIC ANGEL (NSW)[5]Res.81256NBTA Azzopardi (Londonderry)

Marcus Joe has the gun draw and he is all class. Last time out at The Meadows he was runner up in the Silver Bullet and he reeled in Luca Neveelk in the closing stages of that event. From the red tonight he should settle just behind Luca Neveelk or with a good getaway he could have enough pace to hold him out and he is always strong in the run to the line. Luca Neveelk is flying and he has blistering early speed. He is making his race debut here but I’m sure he would have had a few trials previously. Dream It returned to his best with a scorching 29.23 win here last week and he must be respected again.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Marcus Joe

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

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

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

Race 12 – Melbourne Cup Heat 8 – 10.54PM

National Time is a classy speedster and if he reproduces his 25.16 winning effort from Ballarat two runs back he will prove very hard to reel in. His last 40m is a concern but I’m expecting him to set up a big lead mid race. Buckle Up Wes recently won the Group One Topgun recently and if he gets away cleanly he should get the cash, my concern with him is that he is yet to feature in his two tries here. Cosmic Wise has the good draw and she has the ability to lead or come from off the speed.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 1 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on National Time

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

Trifecta: 5,7/5,7/Field ($12 for 100%)

Quinella: 5 to rove with 1,6,7 ($3 for 100%)

2014 Group One Melbourne Cup Heats Preview

It is the Group One that every greyhound participant wants to win and they get a chance again as the heats of the Melbourne Cup take place at Sandown Park on Thursday night.

As expected, the eight heats are brimming with quality as 64 greyhounds compete for their spot in next week’s $420,000 to-the-winner final. Only the winners from each heat will secure a place in the final.

Here’s a look at the chances in each heat;

Heat One – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 1 at 7:04pm)

The first heat features a number of Group race winners and it’s hard to pick any stand-out chances.

Oakvale Destiny (4), who boasts two Group race victories, lines up in box four. She was one and a quarter lengths second behind Iva Vision in last week’s Shoot Out. The hard chasing blue bitch has just the three wins from 11 at Sandown with a best of 29.67. She gets back early but is strong so keep an eye on her as she will be the one pouncing at the end.

Kiss Me Ketut (2), who was a finalist in last year’s Melbourne Cup, has been a little out of sorts with his form but has managed to find some consistency in his last two runs, winning at Sandown and Geelong. He has got five wins at Sandwon for a best of 29.46. He has led all the way his last two starts and when he finds the front early he is always hard to get past.

Two chasers in this heat have both had less than 10 starts but they have racked up 10 wins between them. Wagga Wagga based dog Creative Karisma (3) will be having her first shot at Group glory for trainer Kevin Podmore. She has won five from eight with four of those wins coming at Sandown. She finished third behind Dream It last week and faces a big test to qualify. Above All (5) has had five wins from nine starts and has sizzled around Sandown in 29.33. The Magic Sprite and Kara Janx (Fashion Thief – More Than This) chaser has moved over to Robert Britton’s kennels from New Zealand and has been impressive.

Lucy Lobster (8) arrives for her first stint of racing in Victoria after taking out the Group 1 Vic Peters recently at Wentworth Park. The Brett Lee and One Tree Hill (Gable Lafourche – Mockingbird Hill) chaser boasts plenty of early toe and she will need to display that to lead from box eight. The draw looks like it will suit as she tends to race off the rail.

The other chasers Humphrey Bale (1), Top Secret (6) and Campaspe Will (7) all have claims as they are experienced Victorian chasers. The form of Humprhey Bale and Campaspe Will suggests they will need some luck whereas Top Secret, who is a model of consistency, has a knack for making Group race finals.

Heat Two – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 2 at 7:25pm)

Awesome Project (3) was desperately unlucky in the Shoot Out last week, copping interference in a four dog field. His ability is well known and he just needs a clean run early to stamp his authority on this heat.

Secret Spell (8) won the Group 3 Puppy Classic at Cranbourne recently. The Bartrim Bale and Wicked Witch (Larkhill Jo – Witch Magic) dog has won seven from eight. He won here at Sandown from box eight last week in a fast 29.26, leading all the way and running a smart 5.02 early. He looks the goods and presents a big threat to Awesome Project.

Another threat comes in the form of Hostile (1) in the rails alley. The Collison and Restless Style (Surf Lorian -Double Guess) dog won here at Sandown last week in 29.28. He finished second behind Secret Spell at Cranbourne recently.

Dyna Yemen (4) has won five of his last eight and won at Sandown last week in 29.35. That was his second win at the track from four attempts. He has early speed and has won two from box four.

Other chasers in this heat include 2014 Group 1 Vic Peters runner-up All Strung Out (2), 2013 Group 2 Laurels winner Ritza Hattie (5), Adelaide Cup finalist Mepunga Armagh (6) and the strong SA Derby finalist Wind Whistler (7).

Heat Three – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 5 at 8:31pm)

Banjo Boy (1) is drawn perfectly in box one. The 35kg white and black chaser has five wins from box one to his credit and he has won his last two from this draw. His best time at Sandown from five wins at the track is 29.34.

Group 1 National Sprint winner Chica Destacada (6) got a look at the Sandown track last week, finishing one and a quarter lengths second behind Hekate Belle in 29.29. She should find some improvement from that run.

Warrior King (4) has been mixing his distances of late. The brother to My Bro Fabio has his fair share of ability and returned to the winner’s circle at The Meadows last week. His winning form at Sandown is only average with just the two wins from 11 starts, but he has placed on six other occasions. He has recorded a best of 29.25.

It would be great to see Group 1 Maturity winner Mepunga Hayley (8) return to her brilliant best. Her form has been a little disappointing, as she has won just two from her last eight. She has four wins at Sandown for a best of 29.29 and two wins from box eight.

Other runners in this heat include Kerrigan Bale (7), Buckle Up Mason (5), Clash Of Kings (3) and Cawbourne Whip (2).

Heat Four – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 6 at 8:52pm)

Crackerjak Dak (3) has a formidable record at Sandown winning five from six. He has been beginning well his last few starts and if he does the same again he will take some catching.

Keybow (8) looks well drawn again after streaking away for a convincing win from this box in the Group 3 Silver Bullet at The Meadows recently. It was a dominant return to form and connections will be hopeful he can repeat those efforts again and add another Group race final to his impressive resume.

Shoot Out winner Iva Vision (6) has now won his last two at Sandown and will be searching for three wins in a row. He stopped the clock at 29.27 last week, leading all the way. He will have to do everything right from the poor draw.

Oakvale Flyer (4) has a bit more early pace than her sister Oakvale Destiny but she has just the one win from her last eight starts. She has won five from 11 at Sandown but will need everything to go right for her from the draw.

Take Charge (1) is a box one bandit, winning four from five. Looking at the competition in this heat, he will need to use the draw to all of his advantage.

The heat also features Blurred Lines (2), Crawf’s Bread (5)and Gorham Bale (7).

Heat Five – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 7 at 9:12pm)

Hekate Belle (5) has the right form on the board coming into this heat, winning her last two at Sandown with a best of 29.29. She flew along early last week, recoding 4.99 to the first mark. If she can do that again she can overcome the poor draw.

Star Recall (2) is a well performed chaser from WA and she will be looking for her first win at Sandown. She raced last week and had no luck from box two, finishing last behind Hostile. She should be improved for the look at the track.

Allen Deed (3) recently took out the Group 1 Adelaide Cup in fine style. That win has since been followed by a fifth in the Topgun and fourth in the Shoot Out. He is the sort of dog that needs room to move to put himself in a position to finish strongly. A lot will depend on the pace on the inside and on his outside.

This heat also features Tiggerlong Amigo (4), Peloton Bale (1), Oscura (6), Nockabout Aussie (7) and We Are Geelong (8).

Heat Six – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 8 at 9:35pm)

All eyes will be on Group 1 Hume Cup winner My Bro Fabio in heat six. The black 35kg flying machine won the Hume Cup in devastating fashion. He steps back to the 515m sprint and can be afforded no mistakes in the early stages. If he gets a trouble free run he will be tough to defeat. He has scorched around the Sandown circuit in 29.09 and has five wins at the track over this distance.

Texas Titan (3) is a consistent chaser who is strong. He may be able to put himself into the race from box three. He finished fourth behind Allen Deed in the recent Adelaide Cup final. He presents value for those that like an each-way bet.

Despite being tardy early, Bessy Boo (1) has drawn his box. The Bekim Bale and My Black Bess (Bit Chili – Major Coinage) chaser has won five times from box one and placed on another five occasions. He trialled at Sandown in 29.72 last week and will need to improve on that time to challenge some of the others runners in this field.

Dyna Villa (6) has won six from six at Sandown has box six for this heat. He won last week in 29.77 from box seven but he has a best time of 29.46. His record from this draw is good with three wins and three placings from six attempts in the green rug.

The remaining runners in this heat include Shoulders (2), who has been up and down with his form, Summer Wages (4), Superfonic (5) and Lamia Bale (8).

Heat Seven – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 11 at 10:34pm)

The likely leader in this race comes in the form of Group 2 Geelong Cup winner Luca Neveelk (2). He is very speedy early and will be giving the rest something to chase.

Hawk Alone (5) knows what it takes to make a Melbourne Cup final, finishing third in the event last year. He has just returned to racing from a three month spell and finished second here last week in his first run back. He has a best of 29.38 at the track.

Marcus Joe (1) is a quality chaser with seven wins at Sandown for a best of 29.24. Oddly though, he is yet to record a win from box one.

Ollie Bale (8) has found some much needed form in his last two runs. He has managed to begin, find the lead early and win in his last two races around Sandown and Geelong. He has just the four wins from 20 at Sandown and a best of 29.32.

Dream It (4) clocked his personal best of 29.23 in a Melbourne Cup Prelude last week. He isn’t without a chance.

Weblec Belle (3), Dyna Ostrander (6)and Kiltah Magic (7) are
the remaining runners in this heat.

Heat Eight – Group One Melbourne Cup (Race 12 at 10:54pm)

We have to wait until the final heat to see if Tasmanian champion Buckle Up Wes (7) can make yet another Group race final. This year’s Topgun winner is yet to record a win at Sandown from two starts. Overall he has 30 career wins and has earned connections more than half-a-million dollars. It would be great to see him break his “maiden” at Sandown in this heat. He gets every chance as it is a relatively quiet heat.

National Time (5) is a noted beginner with early speed. The big question mark will be whether he can hold out Buckle Up Wes. He has managed just two wins at Sandown from 11 goes.

Musquin Bale (6) has loads of class but is jammed between the speed. He has stopped the clock at 29.29 previously.

Cosmic Wise (1) is well performed from box one and made the final of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup recently. She won at the track last week in 29.76 and has a personal best of 29.52.

The remaining heat runners are Bazza’s’s Gift (8), Maximus Glider (4), Joey Valdez (3) and One Dee (2).

Lucy Lobster Gives Hays Bailey Group One Glory

Victorian syndicate manager Hays Bailey is sitting on cloud nine at present, having notched up his first Group One win on Saturday night with brilliant sprinter Lucy Lobster.

Bailey formed a syndicate with his fellow university students and friends, switching from horse racing to try their luck with greyhounds. After purchasing a moderate greyhound, the syndicate got the opportunity to purchase a regally bred chaser from successful breeder Charlie Lamb.

“I got in contact with Charlie (Lamb) and he had some really well bred pups by Brett Lee out of his good bitch One Tree Hill. We now have three other greyhounds we’ve purchased off him (Lamb) and hopefully they turn out as good as Lucy Lobster has,” said Bailey, who understandably was elated after Saturday night’s stunning victory.

“All of us were just hoping she would get through to the semi’s and then the final and it was so exciting to win that race with so many good dogs around her.”

Lucy Lobster stepped beautifully from box five and battled with Jewel Action for the lead, prevailing by half a length at the finish in a speedy time of 29.85.

“Every single week she jumps well and puts in so much effort. In the back straight when Jewel Action hit the front I thought maybe our chance to win was over.”

“To see her kick back at the finish was awesome and the whole syndicate celebrated at our favourite place; the Golden Century seafood restaurant in Chinatown.”

Fittingly her peculiar race name didn’t come from the syndicate’s traditional post race trip to a seafood restaurant in Sydney, but was the combined efforts of two owners.

“Me and one of the other owners were quite intoxicated and came up with her name in Sha Tin. I’m not sure where Lucy came from, however it just seemed to work with Lobster. We have a lot of similar names that we will use for our other dogs coming through.”

Saturday night not only provided the syndicate with their first ever group victory, but also their first city winner, a feat which has been a dream of Bailey’s for quite some time.

“I grew up going to the TAB in Melbourne and all I’ve ever wanted is a dog that could break 30-seconds at a metropolitan track.”

“I had so many people come up to me after the race offering their congratulations and that was really nice.”

Lucy Lobster also added another milestone to her already impressive resume on Saturday, cracking the $100,000 prizemoney barrier.

“I keep looking up her stats and it’s amazing to see her prizemoney go from $20,000 to over $100,000 in one week.”

The aptly named ‘Sweet Lady Punt’ syndicate will now turn their attention to Sandown Park, with Lucy set to take on some of the best greyhounds in Australia in the Group One Melbourne Cup. Astute Victorian trainer Robert Britton will put the polish on this talented chaser, who will be looking to secure her fifth straight win and tenth of her career.

“I will go and watch her trial at Sandown and hopefully she goes well. An inside box in this race would be nice, but she has such good early speed and hopefully can produce that in Victoria.”

“We will target the Laurels after this and possibly the Gosford Gold Cup and National Futurity. It’s really good we have so many race options for bitches only.”

Lucy Lobster

2014 Group Three Gold Coast Cup Preview

The Group Three Gold Coast Cup has a recent honour roll that indicates pure quality. Tonight at Albion Park, eight zippy greyhounds will look to become the next to etch their name alongside that illustrious company when the 2014 final takes place.

Punch One Out, Don’t Knocka Him, Velocette and El Galo have all taken out the coveted event in the last five years with a couple of those names already proving very handy in the breeding barn. Other notable winners include Vapour Whirl and the great Flying Amy.

This year it will be Farmor Las Vegas and Happy Haswell who dominate the betting market, however it is a field jam-packed with greyhounds who have more than proven themselves at the Breakfast Creek circuit and no mistakes will be afforded to any serious aspirant.

Robert Britton (Farmor Las Vegas) is the lone interstate trainer with a finalist while locals William Elson and Peter Ruetschi have both qualified two runners each for the race.

Here is a look at the field for the $25,000 Group Three 2014 Gold Coast Cup;

1 – Farmor Las Vegas ($1.95) – Robert Britton - The 2013 Silver Bullet and recent Townsville Cup winner has recaptured some form of late and boasts a sensational record from the inside draw. He has won six from 10 when sporting the red rug and looks ideally placed for this final. He finished strongly to take out his heat in 29.82 and should be right in the firing line again this week. His record is simply too good to ignore.

2 – Give You Credit ($9.50) – Peter Ruetschi - A very consistent Albion Park greyhound who amazingly exits box two for the first time at his 38th career start. He has performed well in the past from inside draws and does his best work when he leaves the boxes well. He will not be too far from them at any stage here and, at the very worst, he is definitely one to consider for the exotics.

3 – Bill’s Fantasy ($23) – William Elson - A speedy type who will be looking to open up a break and hang on in this one. He led last week before being over powered by Farmor Las Vegas and can be a little bit vulnerable over the last 100 metres of his races. His record from box three is outstanding with four wins from six outings in the white vest. There is no doubting that he can lead, but it is a case of cross your fingers and hope for luck after that.

4 – Happy Haswell ($2.45) – Reg Kay - One of the most exciting greyhounds in Queensland at the moment who has won 12 from 16 and registered some very impressive times in the process. He set the standard in the heats with a swift 29.74 victory. The obvious concern is the fact that he is rarely the best served at box rise and could be susceptible to interference early if things do not go his way. Given a clear run, this race is his for the taking.

5 – Chant ($12) Tony Brett - A talented sprinter in the hands of big race trainer Tony Brett. Although he can be a little risky early, there is no doubting his ability if he can land on the speed. He led all the way for a personal best 29.84 in his heat win and he will need to repeat that to be a genuine chance here. His record from box five is less than flattering with just one placing from four attempts and it could well be the box that makes things difficult for him again in this final.

6 – Cyndie’s Special ($9.00) William Elson - An ultra consistent bitch who has been in the top two at 14 of her last 20 starts. She finished strongly to grab second behind Chant in her heat beaten a quarter of a length. Her moderate early speed may see her needing luck from box six and she will be hoping for room to move early to give herself a genuine crack at them in the home straight.

7 – Gunspeed ($51) Shane Ellis - The rank outsider of the field who has been racing in career best form in recent weeks. He ran on fairly to finish 1 1/4 length second to Outa Tempo last week in moderate time. He loves wide draws and is undefeated from boxes seven and eight in three outings. He may lack the genuine class needed to win a race like this and will need to improve on his best of 30.06 to be any real chance.

8 – Outa Tempo ($41) – Peter Ruetschi - Another greyhound who is rarely far away from the winner every time he heads out. He took out the slowest heat last week when he won in 30.08. His personal best is only fractionally better than that and he is yet to win in five attempts from box eight. Based on that, this looks too tough.

Reserves

9 – Visualize It ($10) – A lightly raced conveyance who would be far from the worst if she got a call up here. She registered a toey 29.83 win here two starts back before finishing third to Happy Haswell last Thursday night in the heats. She is a definite hope, particularly if she can gain an inside draw which is where her best records are from.

10 – Yogi Blue ($6.00) – Peter O’Reilly - A regular Group race finalist who appeared in this final last year. Tends together back a little in some of his races before motoring home. He would also be worthy of each way consideration of he gained a start, particularly from an inside draw.

Selections: 4-1-2-6

2014 Group Three Townsville Cup Preview

The Group Three Townsville Cup jumps at 9:12pm on Tuesday night. A great field has been assembled to chase the $25,000 prize.

The Townsville Cup was originally conducted over 643m and started back in 1981. The inaugral winner was Sharp Admiral. The Cup was first raced over the 498m distance in 1992, which was won by Michaelangelo.

In recent years, the Cup has been taken out by Mr Metz (2010), Velocity Regina (2011), Hanson Senor (2012) and Spirited Flame (2013).

The Townsville track record of 28.57 is held by Velocity Regina and was set back in August 2011. She was trained by Tony Brett, who has a finalist in this year’s Cup. Brett has been a busy man flying over the country. ARG spoke to him as he was returning from Perth with Flash Reality. After cancelled and delayed flights to and from Perth, Brett was happy to be returning to the Sunshine State to rug up Exhibitionist for the Cup.

Are Ate is this year’s fastest qualifier for the final and he has drawn wide in box seven.

All prices are the current Centrebet fixed odds market. Centrebet is offering a $200 free bet for ARG readers.

Here’s a look at the field and how each trainer thinks their dog will go:

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.00
Heat Replay
Farmor Las Vegas
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Wayne Scott
Prizemoney
$156,790
Last 10 Starts
3431411321
42 Months Black Dog by Knocka Norris - Farnor Cee You
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,657.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
58 23 16 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 5 1 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “Hopefully he will go well. I am certain he is better off in 1 than any other box. He has been struggling with injuries the last six to eight months and he is not the dog he was. I hope the box brings him back into the race. If it was eight months ago before the injury, I would be much more confident. He’s there now and we can only hope it works out well.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.73 28.92 N/A N/A
Box 2
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
Post Box
Trainer
Michael Hickmott
Owner
Philip Thompson
Prizemoney
$14,125.00
Last 10 Starts
5713231811
37 Months Black Dog by Fear Zafonic - You Can Too
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $415.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 14 2 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 7 1 0
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 0 0
Comments: Michael Hickmott (Trainer) – “I am really happy with the draw. He is better from the inside as he gets around the corner better. I am happy with the dog inside him as he is not real quick out and tends to go straight. He has been trialling track records and if he gets going he will be a big chance.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.84 28.91 N/A N/A
Box 3
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
Yogi Blue
Trainer
Peter O’Reilly
Owner
P & A O’Reilly
Prizemoney
$80,995.00
Last 10 Starts
1211153541
40 Months Blue Dog by Cool Effort - Opal Assassin
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,124.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
72 22 12 10
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 2 4 3
Comments: Peter O’Reilly (Trainer) – “I think he will go all right. It was a good run last week but he will need to come out good this week as he missed the start last week. He is fine and ready to go.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.79 28.79 N/A N/A
Box 4
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
Pace Ventura
Trainer
Peter Simpson
Owner
Stephen Hill
Prizemoney
$15,695.00
Last 10 Starts
3117172342
32 Months Fawn Dog by Run’s House - Sniveller
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $784.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 9 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
Comments: Peter Simpson (Trainer) – “The draw probably won’t worry him. To be a chance he’s got to come out like he did last week and open up a big break as there’s a couple of stronger dogs in the finish. He’s a good chance of leading as he typically shows early pace. If he comes out and gets in front, he will need to rely on a fair bit of luck in the run home. I am happy with him coming into the race. He’s had a walk on the beach to freshen up.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A 28.83 13.68 13.68
Box 5
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Glamour Row
Trainer
Peter Simpson
Owner
P Simpson & H Simpson
Prizemoney
$25,185.00
Last 10 Starts
3114454351
40 Months Blue Bitch by Go Wild Teddy - Rose Chalice
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $484.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 18 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 0 2
Comments: Peter Simpson (Trainer) - “She might find it hard with these dogs. I don’t think the fields have been as strong as this in past years. She will need a lot of luck. Any one of the eight dogs can win it.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
-29.18 29.18 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
Exhibitionist
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
D Chapman & D Scells
Prizemoney
$26,680.00
Last 10 Starts
23341F162
32 Months Red Fawn Bitch by Superman - Naughty Nicki
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $784.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 13 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “She will need to jump really good. I was happy with her run last week but a bit surprised she got run down. She will strip fitter this week. The wide box is good at Townsville if you begin as the inside boxes tend to bottleneck into that first turn. You can get into strife out of box one if you miss it. She is definitely in with a chance.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 28.92 13.88 13.88
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
Are Ate
Trainer
Rachel Scott
Owner
Quad Dog syndicate
Prizemoney
$98,455.00
Last 10 Starts
7111774341
34 Months Black Dog by Lochinvar Marlow - Long Long Mama
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,538.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
66 22 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 4 2 0
Comments: Mike Chapman (Kennel Representative) – “We are happy he is in the final. I would prefer a better box as there is a bit of speed in the four and the six. He likes the inside but he has gone well from outside boxes. The dog is feeling good and we were very happy with his run last week. He has settled in at Townsville better than he did at Darwin.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.67 28.67 13.82 13.82
Box 8
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
Fred Sealey
Trainer
Amy O’Reilly
Owner
P & A O’Reilly
Prizemoney
$24,335.00
Last 10 Starts
3513262311
40 Months Red Fawn Dog by Made To Size - Charming Molly
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $506.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
49 13 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 1 0
Comments: Peter O’Reilly (Kennel Representative) – “He is fine and doing well. It was a strong performance last week at his first look at the track. He is drawn in the box where he wants to be.”
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
28.97 28.97 N/A N/A
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
Webster
Trainer
Christine Pollard
Owner
Velocity Lodge Partnership
Prizemoney
$26,770.00
Last 10 Starts
3333112352
45 Months Black & White Dog by Path To Power - Velocity Cloud
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $478.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
56 11 10 12
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 9
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: Finished on well behind Farmor Las Vegas last week. Has a moderate winning strike-rate so will need some luck if he gets a start.
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.00 N/A N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
Cyndie’s Special
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$53,815.00
Last 10 Starts
2124124222
22 Months Black Bitch by Premier Fantasy - Regal Silver
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,195.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
45 13 14 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
- - - -
Comments: A consistent performer who isn’t without a chance if she gets a start. Led last week but was run down at her first look at the track.
Best Townsville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 29.08 13.89 13.89

This is a tough race and the Townsville club will be pleased with the quality of the final field. Are Ate (7) was outstanding last week and if he gets an ounce of luck early he will be hard to beat. The Victorian chaser Farmor Las Vegas (1) has a good record from box one but he will need to do everything right from that draw at Townsville. He overcame adversity in the heats to score and after a horrid run with injuries it would be nice reward for him if he can win.

The likely leader looks to be Pace Ventura (4). He sizzled early last week but faded at the end. With his early speed he has to be considered an each-way chance. Another with early speed is Exhibitionist (6). The Tony Brett trained chaser led her heat and was run down but Brett has stated she will strip fitter for the run so she is right in this.

The local hope, Post Box (2), could deliver the Cup back to Townsville if the race pans out for him. He loves the inside and loves Townsville which is a good combination. It won’t be a surprise if he performs well.

Fred Sealey (8) is well boxed outside and, like most in the race, he was having his first look last week and can also improve.Yogi Blue (3) won well last week but did miss the start. He can’t afford to do that this week. Glamour Row (5) won at big odds last week and is unlikely to repeat that effort again.

Are Ate Dominates 2014 Group Three Townsville Cup Heats

Group racing headed to Far North Queensland on Tuesday night at Townsville, with six heats of the Group Three Townsville Cup over the 498m distance. The heats featured dogs trained by top-class trainers Tony Brett and Robert Britton and also featured plenty of city winning greyhounds.

The six heat winners and two fastest seconds will contest the final on August 26, 2014. The final is worth $25,000 to the winner.

Heat One

Yogi Blue (1) was clearly the class dog in the first heat, being the only FFA graded dog in the field. He had the perfect draw and duly saluted for trainer Peter O’Reilly. Pace Ventura (6) shot out of the boxes and was six lengths clear down the back straight. Yogi Blue was handy in second and overcame the weakening Pace Ventura down the home straight to draw away for a half-length victory in 28.79. Third place-getter was the fast-finishing Lilly Bellebird (7).

It was Yogi Blue’s first start at the track and the Cool Effort and Opal Assassin (Whisky Assassin – Zane’s Girl) dog has an overall career record of 22 wins from 72 starts. He is already a Group One finalist and is a city winner at Albion Park and Wentworth Park and will be considered one of the main chances in the final.

Heat Two

The Robert Britton trained Farmor Las Vegas (4) was the favourite in the second heat but the Victorian trained chaser almost didn’t make it to the track with kennel-hand Peter Riley stating earlier in the day “just the one racing tonight with Steve and Farmor Las Vegas hopefully making it in time for the Townsville Cup Heats tonight – next time the Boss tells the transporters the connection is too close, they will listen!” Despite this, all turned out well as Farmor Las Vegas made it to Townsville and took out the second heat in a tough chasing display in 28.92.

The Knocka Norris and Farmor Cee You (Black Enforcer – Farmor Zippy) dog was squeezed out of the race early and had to settle for fourth down the back straight. Wild Roses (7) was setting the pace out front with Zabini (1) and Tejay’s Grand (2) in hot pursuit. Farmor Las Vegas, who had been to the track on two previous occasions stuck to the rail and was able to run down the three greyhounds in front of him to win by a length over Webster (8), who put in an eye-catching run after being back in the pack for much of the race. Tejay’s Grand filled the minors.

Farmor Las Vegas has now won two at Townsville with a personal best of 28.73. He is the winner of the 2013 Silver Bullet at The Meadows and he has made multiple Group race finals in his career. This is another to add to his resume.

Heat Three

Tony Brett’s charge Chant (8) was considered the main chance in the third heat but he wasn’t able to handle the wide draw at his first look at the track and could only manage fourth. Cawbourne Hazard (1) emerged the leader after the first few strides but he couldn’t hang onto that lead down the home straight with $10 chance Glamour Row (5) finishing too strongly to win by three quarters of a length in 29.18. It was an exciting finish as Gumlow Star (6) just got past Cawbourne Hazard to take second spot.

It was Glamour Row’s first race start at the track. The Go Wild Teddy and Rose Chalice (Surf Lorian – Glass Placard) bitch is trained by Peter Simpson and has now won 18 races.

Heat Four

Cyndie’s Special (5) and Fred Sealey (6) didn’t have the best draws but they featured heavily in the fourth heat. In fact, Fred Sealey had never won from box six but he changed that statistic by reeling in Cyndie’s Special in the closing stages of the race to win by an increasing two length margin in 28.97. Both greyhounds were having their first look at the track under race conditions and Fred Sealey handled it just that little bit better than Cyndie’s Special. Fearless Ruler (2) was the only other chaser in the field to stay in touch with the two front-runners and was able to secure third place.

Fred Sealey has won 13 career races from 49 starts and the Made To Size and Charming Molly (Whisky Assassin – Oreo) chaser is trained by Amy O’Reilly.

Heat Five

Post Box (6) gave the locals something to cheer about when he ran down the Tony Brett trained Exhibitionist (1) to snare a win by the barest of margins in 28.91. It was a huge finish by Post Box who was back in the field early and had to use plenty of the track. Road Warrior (8) unleashed an equally impressive finish to claim third prize. Exhibitionist finished second and may have done enough to qualify for next week’s final.

Post Box, trained by Michael Hickmott, is a black dog by Fear Zafonic and You Can Too (Brett Lee – Jeanie’s Queen). He has now won seven from nine at the track and he has a best time of 28.84.

Heat Six

Are Ate (2) finished off the heats in style, winning by the proverbial country mile in the fastest heat time of 28.67. He led from go to whoa and really staked his claim for the final next week with a strong run home that broke 15 seconds.

Are Ate, the 2014 Group Two Devonport Cup winner and 2014 Group Two Ipswich Auction winner, was vying for favouritism with Bill’s Fantasy (5). Bill’s Fantasy bombed the start and with that, lost all chance of challenging Are Ate and could only manage third. Cool Sprite (1) was the runner up.

Are Ate was having his first start at Townsville and the Lochinvar Marlow and Long Long Mama (Vesuvio – Eyre Intent) dog has now won 22 races for trainer Rachel Scott.

The finalists for next week will be – Yogi Blue (Peter O’Reilly), Farmor Las Vegas (Robert Britton), Glamour Row (Peter Simpson), Fred Sealey (Amy O’Reilly), Post Box (Michael Hickmott), Are Ate, (Rachel Scott), Pace Ventura (Peter Simpson) and Exhibitionist (Tony Brett).

2014 Victorian National Distance Final Is An Absolute Cracker

It is being billed as a clash between two of Australia’s most exciting stayers, but in reality it is much more than that.

This Thursday night Sandown Park will host the final of the AGRA National Distance Championship Victorian Final. It is likely to be the most anticipated of all of the state finals in both the sprint and distance events.

If nothing else, it is most definitely equal of the quality of any group one event over the longer trip that you are likely to see in the next 12 months.

A quick snapshot of the field shows champion bitch Xylia Allen, multiple Group One winner Sweet It Is along with other Group winners Born Ali, Dyna Willow and Mepunga Tiara, what a race!

The winner will collect $12,000 and book their place in the national final at Cannington on August 23rd.

Here is a look at the field and the current fixed odds prices at Sportingbet;

1 – Mepunga Tiara ($5.50) – Jeff Britton - A very consistent bitch who had made multiple Group finals before she finally broke through by winning the Group Two Victorian Distance Championship at The Meadows recently. Loves to do her work from in front and has finished in the top two in six of her eight appearances from box one. She registered a personal best of 41.95 in her heat win. She has not missed a place in her four starts at Sandown Park and should she find the front early, she will be a major player here.

2 – Xylia Allen ($2.60) – Jenny Hunt - Australia’s champion sprinter/stayer who is nearing the all-time stakes earnings record set by Miata. She was back to winning form in her heat with a swift 41.70 win which was her 10th win in her last 11 starts. She is the one to beat and if she is anywhere near her best, she is unstoppable.

3 – Looby Lu – SCRATCHED

4 – Sweet It Is ($2.40) – Darren McDonald - A dual Group One winning bitch who’s racing style has thrilled race-goers in recent times. She is yet to break the 42-second barrier at Sandown Park in winning four of her eight starts there. If she gets a clean crack at them then she will be flying home late. Luck in the running is everything to her chances.

5 – Dyna Willow ($8.50) – Steve Collins - Possibly the forgotten dog of the field who has her fourth start back from a three-month layoff in this race. She has won four of her seven starts from box five and has a personal best winning time of 41.99. She has been a bit slow away from the boxes in her three second-placings since her return and will need to be closer to the pace to be a winning hope.

6 – Born Ali ($34) – Robert Britton - The Group One Galaxy winner who has been racing well below her best of late. She has not won since late March and has a less than flattering record at Sandown Park with just one win from seven starts. This race looks too tough for her on current form.

7 – Zipping Rory ($10) – Bethany Daprain - The youngster of the field who speared the lids and set the time standard of 41.67 in last week’s heats. He is yet to salute in two goes from box seven but if he can come out again like last week he will not be far off the pace. He looks to be the knockout chance.

8 – Liara Allen ($34) – Steve Collins - A consistent bitch who has only recently graduated to top-tier racing. She is yet to win beyond 700 metres which is a concern in this sort of company. It would be a surprise to see her winning this.

9 – Echelonic Action ($41) – Robert Camilleri - A brother to Sweet It Is who has been racing constantly over the middle distances but is yet to win beyond 700 metres. This looks like a very tough assignment for him.

10 – Zipping Joe ($20) – Darren McDonald – A Sandown Cup and Victorian Distance Championship finalist who would not be out of place in this final. Needs a bit of luck during his races due to his lack of box manners but has a big motor and will be running on.

Selections: 2-1-4-5

The Meadows Tips And Betting Preview August 2nd 2014

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Race 11: Rebelation

 

Race No. 1Happy 18th Dominic Final7:15 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA RAPIDASH (NSW)[5]1318130.36(3)J Hunt (Avalon)
2LENA ALLEN (NSW)[5]4321530.23(2)M Delbridge (Balliang)
3WITCH BALE (NSW)[5]4815230.20(6)M Delbridge (Balliang)
4HANKOS [5]1641330.36(4)M Briganti (Tuerong)
5COMPA ALLEN (NSW)[5]7143130.50(5)M Delbridge (Balliang)
6DELI ALLEN (NSW)[5]6785130.31(6)S Collins (Lara)
7SAGE BALE (NSW)[5]5148130.53(4)M Delbridge (Balliang)
8SILVER BRODIE (NSW)[5]12F1530.06(4)L Delbridge (Balliang)

Very open race to kick start the night and the box draw should play a major factor. Dyna Rapidash has been pinging the lids of late and from the red draw she should be able to punch through and hold the early lead. She has won at her past two appearances over this track and journey and she appears to be getting stronger with every run.

Lena Allen score a strong 30.23 heat win last week and she should get a nice sit in the early stages behind the red. She is quite strong in the run to the line and if she can avoid bother at the first turn she should be in the mix. Deli Allen is the run on dog in the event and she is also racing in great style at present, her box draw doesn’t help but she is expected to get back early so she should be able to find the rails soon after the start. Witch Bale can be hard to follow but she is more than capable and she rounds out the winning chances.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 6 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Rapidash

Boxed Quinella: 1,2,3,6 ($6 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2,3,6/1,2,3,4,5,6 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 2Maurice Blackburn Lawyers7:38 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BECCI LEONE [5]47273NBTM Chilcott (Heathcote)
2DARBAIN DASHER [5]34366NBTR Conway (Bunyip)
3BEKS [5]4414343.23(6)P Bouchier (Dennington)
4REAP THE BENEFIT [5]35715FSTDM Chilcott (Heathcote)
5TYRA GISELLE (NSW)[5]22644NBTT Chatwin (Johnsonville)
6BUCKLE UP AXEL (TAS)[5]13642FSHS Mills (Tooradin)
7BIG KAT [5]11416NBTC Schlensog (Anakie)
8LITTLE RED (NSW)[5]46151FSHR Britton (Lara)

The promising Beks turned in a monster performance here last week when placed behind Coral and he should appreciate the big drop in class tonight. He can be slow to begin in his races but he is getting a lot better at working his way through a field and therefore with an ounce of luck in running he should prove too strong.

Big Kat looks the obvious danger, she has been placed in two of four runs here and she recently defeated the exciting Dewana Angel at Cranbourne over the 699m trip. She likes to track wide in her races so the outside draw is an advantage and her box manners of late have been much better. Little Red has recently joined the strong Robert Britton kennel and she scored an impressive 32.77 Horsham win in her Victorian debut, if she can handle the track at her first look she should be in the mix.

Top Four: 3 – 7 – 8 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Beks

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

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

Trifecta: 3,7/2,3,7,8/1,2,3,4,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 3Rsn – Racing & Sport7:57 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $7,600 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,320 2nd: $1,520 3rd: $760.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VIRAL BALE (NSW)[5]1513330.77(3)S Collins (Lara)
2TOP SECRET [5]23272NBTK Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3DYNA FULCRUM (NSW)[5]2325330.13(3)J Hunt (Avalon)
4KERRIGAN BALE (NSW)[4]4213730.17(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
5SWEET DIVA [4]6276130.38(5)M Lloyd (Anakie)
6GALAHAD [4]1523430.12(2)T Womann (Lara)
9SEARLE BALE (NSW)[5]Res.1428830.08(1)A Dailly (Anakie)
8JACK SILVER (NSW)[4]1412330.08(6)M Carter (Violet Town)

Although Viral Bale was beaten here last week, he was far from disgraced. After missing the kick he worked his way through the field and he managed to battle on and hold on for the minor money. From the red tonight he should be able to drive through early and I would expect him to just about hold the lead or at worst sit just behind expected leader Top Secret. He has a steady 30.77 PB here but his recent provincial wins suggest that he is capable of going much quicker these days.

Top Secret led for a long way here last week and I would expect him to be prominent in the early stages again. His last 40m is always a concern but if he happens to zip away off the back straight he may just steal the prize. Kerrigan Bale and Galahad round out the winning chances, both have loads of ability and both like racing over this trip, they just require an ounce of luck in the early stages.

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 4 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Each Way Viral Bale

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

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

 

Race No. 4Agra National Sprint Champs Vic Ht18:20 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DREAM IT [1]4163229.91(1)B Ennis (Lara)
2CRACKERJACK DAK [5]2281829.94(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3GREAT SPARTACUS [3]1121129.89(8)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
4AWESOME PROJECT (NSW)[4]1142129.92(5)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
6PRUE BALE (NSW)[2]6468829.88(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
7PELOTON BALE (NSW)[3]2113229.83(4)J Hunt (Avalon)
8EL GRAND SEAL [5]21121FSHJ Britton (Anakie)

Crackerjack Dak has won four of eight over this journey and he looks well placed in this event. Prior to his defeat here last time he scored a brilliant all the way win at Geelong in a blistering 25.54, tonight he has the luxury of a slow beginner being drawn underneath and a wide runner drawn directly on his outside. If he can get away on terms he should be able to hold the early lead and he will prove very hard to gun down.

Dream It is well drawn but he can bomb the start at times, if he steps cleanly tonight he should make good use of the red box, he is clearly the most talented greyhound in the field and he just needs room at the first bend to feature. Awesome Project is in rare form but with a wide runner drawn directly underneath he is going to need all the breaks. Peloton Bale loves racing here and he will be steaming home late, his effort here last week behind Great Spartacus was massive.

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 7 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 1,2/1,2,4,7/1,2,3,4,6,7 ($24 for 100%)

 

Race No. 5Agra National Sprint Champs Vic Ht28:40 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HUMPHREY BALE (NSW)[3]1731329.96(8)A Dailly (Anakie)
2BLURRED LINES [4]1431730.13(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3GRAND FAITH [3]2684130.14(8)P Dapiran (Northwood)
4ALLEN MALIK (NSW)[4]7323430.33(4)S Collins (Lara)
5CRAWF’S BREAD [1]2111330.03(1)D Crawford (Pearcedale)
6MARCUS JOE [1]6311729.66(3)B Moloney (Marcus Hill)
7WISE ELLA (WA)[3]1268529.93(3)J Britton (Anakie)
8KEYBOW (NSW)[2]2414129.58(8)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)

This race appears to be a match race between track specialist and super star chaser Keybow. I’m going to give Marcus Joe the edge, his isn’t drawn very well but Crawf’s Bread should give him a night cart across in the early stages and if he can settle in the top two as they head for the back straight I don’t think Keybow will be able to reel him in.

Keybow is a freak and obviously his 29.58 PB here is an indication that he handles this track quite well. The pink box is a little concern tonight and Wise Ella might get in his way in the early stages. He is obviously a strong winning chance but he can’t afford to give Marcus Joe too big of a head start. Grand Faith could be the smokey in the event, he was a sizzling 29.49 Sandown Park winner in June and he has enough speed to hold the early lead.

Top Four: 6 – 8 – 3 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Marcus Joe and Grand Faith

Quinella: 6 to rove with 3,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 6Ajs Corporation8:57 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 event over 725 metres at The meadows Of $8,225 Prizemoney.
1st: $5,750 2nd: $1,645 3rd: $830.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SIR GAZZA [5]65354NBTR Britton (Lara)
2FANTASIZZING [5]6354343.19(6)N King (Pearcedale)
3LADY TOY [5]12112FSTDN Gost (Little River)
4OXLEY MAJOR (NSW)[5]46555FSTDR Britton (Lara)
5PERFECT TESS [5]21711FSTDD Dooley (Maffra)
6UNTRACEABLE [5]12721FSTDM Auld (Tatura)
7MIMICKING (NSW)[5]6386242.76(1)R Britton (Lara)
8ZIPPING MAKKA (NSW)[5]47233FSTDJ Delaroche (Cranbourne North)

The exciting Untraceable is making his much anticipated staying debut and he looks poised to get the cash. He can make a few mistakes in his races but with the speedy Perfect Tess drawn directly underneath, he should get a clear run soon after box rise and that will allow him to settle much closer to the speed. I think he should either be in front or at worst just behind the leader at the post the first time and he will take a power of beating.

Lady Toy is a strong chaser and she too has been crying out for this trip. She is likely to be giving the favourite a head start but if he doesn’t get the trip, I would expect Lady Toy to be the one running over the top of him late. Perfect Tess should set the pace early but I have my doubts about her running out a strong 725m, whilst Oxley Major is always thereabouts in these types of races.

Top Four: 6 – 3 – 4 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Untraceable

Trifecta: 3,6/3,6/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

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

 

Race No. 7Agra National Sprint Champs Vic Ht39:20 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA MOSS [4]2212430.34(5)J Britton (Anakie)
2TYRONIMO [3]5225430.01(1)W Vassallo (Devon Meadows)
3NOCKABOUT AUSSIE [4]2526129.83(2)P Akathiotis (Reservoir)
4GRAND LEGACY [4]1F31830.17(5)P Dapiran (Northwood)
5SUPERSTAR MAGIC (NSW)[4]1611630.19(1)B Shillington (Avalon)
6MUSQUIN BALE (NSW)[2]1158129.90(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
7SISCO RAGE [5]4622530.24(5)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
8DYNA BETH (NSW)[4]2156330.15(5)A Dailly (Anakie)

Mepunga Moss is drawn to fire to the early lead and she has won three of her five tries over this trip. She recently led all the way and beat the freakish Chica Destacada in a heat of the Group Two WA Oaks and prior to that she was beaten by less than two lengths by the brilliant Mepunga Hayley in the Damsels Dash at Sandown park. Her form line is very strong and from the red she should get every chance to lead all the way.

Nockabout Aussie is a frustrating chaser, he has enormous ability and in his 25.43 Shepparton win on Monday he absolutely powered to the line. He doesn’t like to be crowded in his races but there is a bit of pace around him tonight so he should be able to drop onto the rail and some gaps might open up for him. If you’re on him he will give you some anxious moments but if he gets the gaps at the right time he will give the favourite a run for her money.

Top Four: 1 – 3 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

Trifecta: 1,3/1,3/Field ($12 for 100%)

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

 

Race No. 8Macro Meats Final (gobis)9:42 PM (VIC time)
Grade 5 Final event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $19,650 Prizemoney.
1st: $12,000 2nd: $3,500 3rd: $1,750 GOBIS: $2,400.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DR. PAULIE [4]3231130.12(3)L Delbridge (Balliang)
2MAXIMUM LIL [4]6455130.35(4)A Dailly (Anakie)
3BAZZA’S GIFT [4]7643130.10(6)N Bell (Point Lonsdale)
4QUICK SUCCESSION [4]1211129.98(8)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
5ASTRONOMIC (WA)[4]5352129.89(1)D Mcdonald (Devon Meadows)
6DYNA ALCHEMIST (NSW)[5]22362NBTS Collins (Lara)
7WIND WHISTLER [5]15232NBTA Langton (Anakie)
8JULIE BALE (NSW)[5]3113230.37(6)S Collins (Lara)

Quick Succession posted brilliant sectionals in her slick 29.98 heat win last week and a repeat of that effort should see her be a major player again. She has been pinging the lids of late and it’s really hard to find another runner that can match her in the first 200m. Obviously her chances hinge on her ability to lead but if you go through her form, she has led in four of her past five starts so it’s almost a moral to lead.

Wind Whistler has produced three enormous efforts here in recent weeks and he appears to be getting better with every run. He is going to get back early and he will be relying heavily on luck but he will keep on coming and he might be a great dog to anchor for second and third in your exotic bets. Dyna Alchemist is a real up and comer but he can’t seem to draw a box, once again he will need a heap of luck from box six but I am a big fan of this one and he may be over the odds.

Top Four: 4 – 7 – 6 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 4/5,6,7/3,5,6,7,8 ($12 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,5,6/7/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 4,5,6/Field/7 ($18 for 100%)

 

Race No. 9Agra National Sprint Champs Vic Ht410:05 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MEPUNGA FEARON [3]1422130.08(8)J Britton (Anakie)
2GIMME FUEL [2]2156729.92(3)K Bravo (Lovely Banks)
3AMADEUS STRIKES (NSW)[5]7613130.10(1)R Britton (Lara)
4COSMIC WISE (WA)[4]2247129.94(2)J Britton (Anakie)
5ATHOS [4]7337230.28(4)R Gray (Pyalong)
6BUCKLE UP MASON (TAS)[1]1621529.74(3)J Hunt (Avalon)
7SPRING LEAF (NSW)[2]T118330.01(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
8HAWK ALONE [3]2223230.04(1)A Dailly (Anakie)

Mepunga Fearon has come up with the good draw and he had a great hit out here a week ago. Last Saturday he pinged the lids from the pink box and he put a space in his rivals off the back straight before scoring an impressive 30.08 win. From the red he should lead again and I think he is capable of probably getting down to the 29.90 mark.

Hawk Alone is a very consistent chaser and he tends to race well at this venue. He is going to need a little bit of luck as they head into the first bend but he is still good enough to win even if he finds a bit of trouble. Gimme Fuel hasn’t had a lot of luck in his recent runs and if he can follow Mepunga Fearon through at the first turn he should be in a prominent position mid race and he can return to form.

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 2 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Trifecta: 1/2,6,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Exacta: 1/2,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 2,6,8 ($3 for 100%)

 

Race No. 10Agra National Sprint Champs Vic Ht510:25 PM (VIC time)
S/E Heat event over 525 metres at The meadows Of $8,940 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,260 2nd: $1,790 3rd: $890.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAMPASPE WILL [4]5556329.96(8)N Walls (Melton)
2INNOCENT TIL [1]4311629.79(8)J Thompson (Pearcedale)
3WOODNEAR (SA)[3]1223630.11(5)V Cotton (Elaine)
4ZIPPING SNOOPY (NSW)[4]4171730.11(2)P Dapiran (Northwood)
5OLLIE BALE (NSW)[3]4F13229.84(3)A Dailly (Anakie)
6DYNA GELDOF (NSW)[4]1174630.14(5)S Collins (Lara)
7BECKENBAUER (SA)[4]1512230.26(6)D Pattinson (Pearcedale)
8MEPUNGA ARMAGH [4]2813530.42(1)J Britton (Anakie)

Very even affair and I think Mepunga Armagh gets his chance to return to form. Tonight he has a keen railer drawn directly underneath and that should allow him to get a nice cart across in the early stages. Prior to his last start he had been showing tremendous early speed and if he can step away cleanly he should have enough speed to cross. Apart from Campaspe Will there aren’t many strong chasers so if he can cross he should get away with the prize.

Campaspe Will is a gun and he only requires an ounce of luck to feature. If you knew he was going to get a clear run early you would be all over him, however he has plenty of speed drawn on his outside and he will need a lot to go right for him to get through the first bend unscathed. Innocent Til is the ultimate professional and he has a top record here, however his past few runs have indicated that he is quite at his best at present.

Top Four: 8 – 1 – 2 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Mepunga Fearon

Quinella: 8 to rove with 1,2,4,5 ($4 for 100%)

 

Race No. 11Le Pine Funerals10:42 PM (VIC time)
Mixed 4/5 event over 600 metres at The meadows Of $8,745 Prizemoney.
1st: $6,120 2nd: $1,750 3rd: $875.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

9GREYWINDS BUTCH (NSW)[5]Res.1F56734.42(3)T Womann (Lara)
2DYNA ORION (NSW)[5]71348NBTA Dailly (Anakie)
3RUMERO REASON (NSW)[5]5464134.75(7)A Dailly (Anakie)
4EVER ALERT [5]1656434.65(2)A Dailly (Anakie)
5TICK BALE (NSW)[5]15525NBTJ Hunt (Avalon)
6REEN’S FABIAN [5]2213134.90(7)J Holden (Nambrok)
7REBELATION [5]8758534.64(7)J Magri (Avalon)
8SHINE (NSW)[5]72821NBTR Moore (Devon Meadows)

Tick Bale hasn’t experienced a lot of luck in his recent races but tonight he finds himself in a much weaker event and surprisingly he isn’t too badly drawn in the middle. This race is packed full of slow beginners and I can see him actually settling in the top two at the post the first time and if that’s the case he will prove far too brilliant for this lot.

Rebelation could be the smokey in the event, his form at present is quite poor but I think he has the speed to lead this event and he will gain a heap of confidence if he lands on the bunny. Reen’s Fabian scored a sizzling 29.35 Sale win recently and he should be in the mix throughout, whilst Dyna Orion has been crying out for this trip and he only needs a little luck early to feature.

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 6 – 2

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Tick Bale and Rebelation

Boxed Quinella: 2,5,6,7 ($6 for 100%)

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

 

Race 12 – 525M Special Event – 11:00PM

Crowdza Captive is a very reliable beginner and if she can reproduce the effort which saw her lead all the way at Sandown in 29.66 she should prove too zippy for this lot. She has a little bit of speed drawn on her outside but she should have sufficient speed to hold the early lead. If she leads the only runner you don’t want sitting on her heels is the powerful Heidi Go Seek.

Heidi Go Seek is dropping considerably in class and she only needs an ounce of luck in the early stages to feature. She has a blistering 29.73 PB over this trip and she really should appreciate racing in this type of company. Who’s Doing What is a talented SA chaser and she could cause an upset if the favourites make some mistakes in the early stages.

Top Four: 4 – 2 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Crowdza Captive

Trifecta: 2,4/2,4,5,7/2,4,5,6,7,8 ($24 for 100%)

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

2014 Group Three Darwin Cup Preview

The rich red loam of Winnellie Park will play host to the 2014 Group Three Darwin Cup final on Friday evening.

A field littered with interstate raiders will vie for the $25,000 winners cheque over the testing 537 metre trip.

Three trainers will each rug up two dogs in the final with Victorians Robert Britton (Highbury and Engine Alley) and Darren McDonald (Rumbling Rick and Where’s The Surf), along with Queenslander Tom Tzouvelis (Le Sirenuse and Tee Brady) all qualifying a pair of runners.

Stephen Whyte (Clash Of Kings) and Jeffrey Cumming (Rumble Street) make up the field of eight.

Here is a look at each runner in detail;

1 – Clash Of Kings ($2.25) – Stephen Whyte - Set the time standards in the heats when flew around Winnellie Park in 31.33. His pedigree suggests that he can take the race out. He is a son of Fear Zafonic and the 2009 Darwin Cup winner Queen Lauryn (Token Prince – Cheeky Sprite) who will be hoping to replicate his mothers triumph here. Last week was his first start from box one and it looks to suit him perfectly. He is the one they have to beat.

2 – Rumbling Rick ($10) – Darren McDonald - A winner of 17 from 48 who was beaten 8 1/2 lengths by Clash Of Kings in his heat run. He should have some improvement in him this week but he will need to.

3 – Le Sirenuse ($5.00) – Tom Tzouvelis - A well performed Queensland youngster who finished second to Rumble Street in her heat. She may need to find a few lengths on that performance to trouble these.

4 – Where’s The Surf ($4.00) – Darren McDonald - One of the big guns in this race who could not quite mow down Highbury in his heat. He is likely to improve and if he comes out in the first couple, he will be right in contention when it matters the most.

5 – Tee Brady ($18) – Tom Tzouvelis - A seasoned interstate campaigner who lines up in his second Darwin Cup final here. Finished third to Highbury last week but was only beaten 1 3/4 lengths. He has finished in the top three at eight of his last ten starts including three wins. He could be the knockout at big odds.

6 – Highbury ($6.50) – Robert Britton - Speedy customer who staved off some strong challengers to win his heat in 31.63. He will be hoping to find the front early and do the same again in this race. He has handled wider draws in the past including last week’s effort from box seven.

7 – Rumble Street ($6.50) – Jeffrey Cumming - Returned to winning form last week with a 31.67 heat win from this box. Almost all of her wins have come from outside boxes which has to bring her into calculations here.

8 – Engine Alley ($18) – Robert Britton - An injury plagued greyhound who had his first run for 374 days last week when he finished third to Clash Of Kings from this box. If he recaptures anywhere near his best career form he could surprise a few of these but it is very hard to draw a form line from that one run. Take him on trust.

Reserves

9 – Saleen ($51) – Graeme Ferns - A consistent local who has been placed in 30 of her 51 starts but only managed to win seven of them. She will be tested if she gains a start.

10 – I’m Ziva ($51) – Kerry Perrett - A winner of four from 21 who would need luck to feature in this class.

Selections: 1-4-7-5

The above odds can be found at Sportingbet who are offering a $700 free bet. When asked about the Darwin Cup, Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown provided the following opinion –

“Clash Of Kings looked outstanding running the fastest heat and the red box is perfect for him. Where’s The Surf must be respected and Le Sirenuse hit the line well in her heat after copping plenty of trouble so she certainly wouldn’t surprise.”

The Darwin Cup fixed odds market can be found here.

Clash Of Kings Dominates 2014 Darwin Cup Heats

Bunyip trainer Stephen Whyte holds all the aces heading into Friday night’s Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup final after the regally bred Clash Of Kings (1) qualified fastest in the three heats held at Winnellie Park on Monday night.

Whyte will have plenty of challengers with three trainers managing to qualify two dogs each for the final. Robert Britton, Darren McDonald and Tom Tsouvelis all qualified a pair for Friday’s $25,000 to-the-winner event.

Class Of Kings is a son of Fear Zafonic and 2009 Darwin Cup winner Queen Lauryn (Token Prince – Cheeky Sprite) and he took out the second heat in emphatic fashion, scoring by 7 1/2 lengths from Rumbling Rick (2) and Engine Alley (8) in the time of 31.33.

It was Clash Of Kings’ fifth win from just nine starts and he will be a force to be reckoned with after drawing the coveted rails alley for Friday’s final.

Earlier in the night, Robert Britton justified his trip north when Highbury (7) took out the opening heat. The son of Collision and Apology (Bond – Temperance) stopped the clock at 31.63, defeating Where’s The Surf (4) by a head with Tee Brady (8) filling third place.

The final heat of the night was taken out by Rumble Street (7) for Queensland mentor Jeffrey Cumming. The daughter of Hallucinate and Rumble Charm (Spiral Nikita – Rumble Spirit) registered the time of 31.67 en route to defeating Le Sirenuse (2) by four lengths with Saleen (1) in third.

The box draw for the Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup is as follows;

1 – Clash Of Kings – Stephen Whyte
2 – Rumbling Rick – Darren McDonald
3 – Le Sirenuse – Tom Tsouvelis
4 – Where’s The Surf – Darren McDonald
5 – Tee Brady – Tom Tsouvelis
6 – Highbury – Robert Britton
7 – Rumble Street – Jeff Cumming
8 – Engine Alley – Robert Britton

Reserves
9 – Saleen – Graeme Ferns
10 – I’m Ziva – Kerry Perrett

Interstate Raiders Target 2014 Darwin Cup Heats

Top line racing heads north this Monday night when Winnellie Park hosts three heats of the Group Three 2014 Darwin Cup.

The race is run over the 537 metre trip, with the $25,000 to-the-winner final to be conducted on Friday August 1st. This year’s heats have attracted plenty of interstate raiders who are set to do battle with some of the Northern Territory’s most talented sprinters.

Darren McDonald makes the trip up from Victoria with Where’s The Surf and Rumbling Rick. McDonald is aiming to make it back-to-back Darwin Cup wins after he took out the 2013 final with Take It All.

Here is a look at the main chances in each of the three heats;

Race 4 – Darwin Cup Heat One – 8:41pm

Darren McDonald will rug up the smart Victorian performer Where’s The Surf (4) in the first heat. The son of Where’s Pedro and Nova Surf (Surf Lorian – Nova Keroma) has won 15 of his 42 starts and amassed over $50,000 in prizemoney. He would have to be considered as one of the series favourites.

Highbury (7) is another Victorian raider who has won eight from 28 for Robert Britton. He has won two of his last four over shorter trips and may find himself prominent early.

Queensland mentor Tom Tsouvelis brings his sprinter Tee Brady (8) back over for the cup again this year. He is no stranger to interstate travel and has contested group races in New South Wales and Victoria in the past. He was also a finalist in this very race in 2013 which is an experience that should sit him in good stead again this year.

Swansea Jacky (2) is prepared by local trainer Graeme Ferns and has an impeccable record. She has won no less than 23 of her 48 outings, with all but one of those being at this track. Her local knowledge could be an advantage in this.

Race 5 – Darwin Cup Heat Two – 9:03pm

When Rachel Scott and Mike Chapman took out the 2014 Ipswich Auction final with Are Ate (4) back in April, they told ARG that his long term goal was the Darwin Cup. Almost four months later, it has come to fruition and he lines up in the second heat.

Are Ate, who also won the Group Two Devonport Cup, has been racing predominantly over 600 metres at Albion Park of late, where he has won three of his last five. He looks a major player here.

Rumbling Rick will exit box two for Darren McDonald. The red fawn dog, who is owned by former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting, has carved out some fast times since moving from Tasmania to Victoria and is in this race up to his ears.

Engine Alley (8) is the query runner after being off the scene since 2013. The 537 metre trip will hold no fears if he is primed for the first up run and the Robert Britton trained chaser will be hoping to improve his career record of 12 wins from 25 starts.

Race 6 – Darwin Cup Heat Three – 9:25pm

Robert Britton looks to hold a strong hand in the third-and-final heat when 2013 Silver Bullet winner Farmor Las Vegas dons the pink rug to jump from box eight. He is a winner of over $150,000 in prizemoney and looks to be back in winning form on recent efforts. He is a massive hope here.

Youngster La Sirenuse (2) looms as a big threat for Tom Tsouvelis. She has won seven of her 17 career starts including some very rapid Ipswich efforts. She is drawn to be right in this.

Rumble Street (7) will be looking to bounce back to form for her Queensland trainer Jeff Cumming. She has not won since late June but has the ability to be in a race like this on her day.

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