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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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Best Bet:
Race 12: Crowdza Captive

Best Roughie:
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.

The Meadows Greyhounds Tips & Betting Preview July 12th 2014

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

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

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

Top Four: 7 – 4 – 2 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on White Spyro and Grand Faith

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 4 – 3 – 7

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Capullo Bale

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 5 – 6

Suggested Bets:

Win bets on Give You Credit and Zipping Brock

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 1 – 4 – 3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Bottom Dollar

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 7 – 2 – 3 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 1 – 2 – 5 – 4

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 3 – 6

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 6 – 8 – 1

Suggested Bets:

Each Way Bet on Zipping Snoopy

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 5 – 7 – 8 – 3

Suggested Bets:

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

Win bets on Dyna Alchemist and Duchess Bale

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 4 – 8

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 4 – 6 – 1 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 -3

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Dyna Ostrander

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

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

 

Quaddie

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

$16 for 100%

 

Best Bets

Race 4, Bottom Dollar

Race 6, Warrior King

Best Roughies

Race 3, Zipping Brock

Race 9, Dyna Alchemist

2014 Group Two Bendigo Cup Preview

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

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

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

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

26 Months

  Blue   Dog   by  

Talk’s Cheap

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

Good

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

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

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

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

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

Background To The Bendigo Cup

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

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

Inaugural Running

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

Distances

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

When Is The Race Run

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

Biggest Winning Margins

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

Closest Winning Margins

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

Most Successful Trainer/s

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

Only Dual Winner/s

None.

Only Reserve/s To Win

None I’m aware of.

Dual Finalists

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

Some Beaten Stars

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

Additional Notes

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

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

Changing Of The Guard In Bendigo Cup Heats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Racing on Friday night commences at 7.10pm.

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Group Two WA Oaks Tips And Betting Preview

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

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

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

Top Four: 3 – 1 – 8 – 4

Suggested Bets:

Win bet on Oakvale Flyer

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 2 – 8 – 7 – 5

Suggested Bets:

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 7 – 3 – 4 – 2

Suggested Bets:

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

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

 

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

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

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

Top Four: 6 – 2 – 7 – 1

Suggested Bets:

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

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

Group One Peter Mosman Classic Heats Preview

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

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

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

Heat one will jump at 8.07pm.

Heat One:

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

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

Heat Two:

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

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

Heat Three:

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

Heat Four:

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

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

Heat Five:

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

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

Heat Six:

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

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

This Week in Racing History

MAY

14

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

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

15

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

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

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

16

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

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

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

17

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

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

18

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

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

19

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

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

20

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

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

What You Might Like To Know About The Australian Cup

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

Inaugural Running

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

Distances

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

When Is The Race Run

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

Dual Winners

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

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Biggest Winning Margins

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

Closest Winning Margins

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

Most Successful Trainers

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

Dual Finalists

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

Some Beaten Stars

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

Additional Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Group One Zoom Top Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39 Months

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

Strong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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