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What You Might Like To Know About The Australian Cup

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

Inaugural Running

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

Distances

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

When Is The Race Run

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

Dual Winners

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

Only Reserves to Win

None.

Biggest Winning Margins

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

Closest Winning Margins

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

Most Successful Trainers

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

Dual Finalists

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

Some Beaten Stars

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

Additional Notes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Group One Zoom Top Preview

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

39 Months

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

Strong

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Group One Galaxy Preview

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

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

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

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

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

38 Months

 

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

Good

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

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

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

31
Months

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

 

 


2014 Galaxy Heats

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

Paws Of Thunder Champion Iona Seven Suffers Nasty Fall

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

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

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

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

2014 Perth Cup Heats Previewed

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

Heat One:

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

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

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

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

Heat Two:

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

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

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

Heat Three:

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

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

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

Heat Four:

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

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

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

Heat Five:

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

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

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

Heat Six:

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

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

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

Heat Seven:

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

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

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

Heat Eight:

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

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

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

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

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

Iona Seven Is The 2014 Paws Of Thunder Champion

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

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

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


2014 Paws Of Thunder Final

2014 Group Two Sportingbet Summer Distance Plate Preview

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

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

38 Months

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

Strong

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

41.82

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

32
Months

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Inaugural Running

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

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

Names

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

Distances

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

When Is The Race Run

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

Biggest Winning Margins

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

Closest Winning Margins

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

Most Successful Trainer/s

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

Some Beaten Stars

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

Tidbits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lucy Wires Sets The Summer Distance Plate Time Standard

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

Summer Distance Plate Heat One

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

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

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

Summer Distance Plate Heat Two

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

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

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

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

The box draw for next Saturday’s final is:

2014 Summer Distance Plate Final Box Draw

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


2014 Summer Distance Plate Heats


Group Performers To Feature in Summer Distance Plate

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

Heat One (Race 1 at 7:28pm)

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

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

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

Heat Two (Race 2 at 7:50pm)

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

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

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

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

Group 1 Gold 1242 2013 Sale Cup Final Preview

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

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

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

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

Another Week, Another Record – Black Magic Opal Conquers Hobart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2013 Hobart 1000 Heats Replays


Plenty Of Chances In A Hot Summer Cup Field

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

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

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

33 Months

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

Strong

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


2013 Group 1 Brisbane Cup Final Replay


Amity Flame Ignites In Bold Trease Heats

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

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

Bold Trease Heat One

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

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

Bold Trease Heat Two

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

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

Bold Trease Heat Three

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

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

Bold Trease Heat Four

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

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

2013 Bold Trease Carnival Cup Heats Replays





Black Magic Opal On The Road To Melbourne Cup Riches

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

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat One

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat Two

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat Three

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat Four

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat Five

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat Six

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat Seven

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

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

Melbourne Cup Heat Eight

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

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

Group 1 Stayers Play Out The Undercard At The Meadows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

G1 Hume Cup box draw

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

 

Smart Valentino’s Scratching Throws Sydney Cup Wide Open

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

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

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

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

Group Three Sydney Gold Cup

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT ONE

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

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

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

Selections: Peter Rocket – Hawk Alone – Encosta Kahn

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT TWO

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

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

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

Selections: Ronan Izmir – Kokoda Spirit – Kalden Kurageous

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT THREE

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

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

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

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

Selections: Tomac Bale – Phenomenal – Two Tree Hill

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT FOUR

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

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

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

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

Selections: Dyna Cari – Iona Seven – Fair Change

ADELAIDE CUP HEAT FIVE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week In Greyhound Racing History

OCTOBER 1st – 7th

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big Guns Progress To Set Up Bumper Shepparton Cup Final

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Group 2 Shepparton Cup Final – Friday 13th September

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

Group Two Shepparton Cup Heat Betting Preview & Tips

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Farewell Irma Bale

It appears the great Irma Bale has run her last race.

The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale lined up in the final of the Victorian Distance Championship on Saturday night, with the series set to be her last campaign on the racetrack. Connections were hoping their bonny bitch would do enough to qualify for this week’s Group 1 National Final, so that she could attempt to go out in winning style. However, the fairytale ending was not to be, as she weakened to finish in fourth position after leading the race.

Irma Bale did enough, however, to qualify as the second reserve for the final, but a start in the feature is doubtful with her trainer, Graeme Bate, confirming that she is retired unless she gains a start in the $75,000 to the winner event.

“She is retired as of last night (Saturday)”, Bate said.

“I would be happy to see her to get a start in the final and will prepare her for it this week just in case she does, but it is unlikely”.

Irma Bale began brilliantly in what could be her racetrack swansong, spearing directly to the front of the field in the run to the turn. The pint-sized speedster was still a clear leader through the back on the second occasion, however, as she turned for home, she started to get weary and was swamped by the backmarkers who dashed straight passed her. The race was taken out by the Robert Britton trained Mimicking in 42.76 seconds.

For Bate, the run was not disappointing as his plucky little bitch showed plenty of courage and was gallant in defeat.

“She did a great job”, Bate said, “She tried her little heart out up in front”.

“She is not a true stayer but she still battled away. They only got her half way up the straight and then they swamped her on the line, but she still didn’t get beaten by much in fourth”.

The Paul Wheeler owned and bred bitch has been a marvel on the racetrack, facing the starter on 90 occasions from which she has amassed the impressive record of 37 wins and 31 placings. Included in those wins were four Group victories; the 2012 Group 2 McKenna Memorial at Sandown, the 2013 Group 2 Summer Distance Plate at Wentworth Park, and consecutive victories in the 2012 and 2013 Group 1 Sandown Cup.

While she may not have been classified as a ‘true stayer’, there is no doubt that she had the class and capability to match motors with Australia’s best throughout her time on the track. For the majority of her staying career, the black bitch was a regular rival against Miata and although she was probably not held in the same class as the Western Australian sensation, Irma Bale did what Miata could never do when completing a Sandown Cup double. In fact, Irma Bale became the first greyhound to collect consecutive Sandown Cups since the legendary Bold Trease took out the race over four years from 1986 to 1989, and just the fourth greyhound in the history of the event to do so.

Bate has trained the classy performer since the start of her career. The speedy bitch was very competitive over the sprint trip however Bate felt her calling would be over the middle distances. What he did not initially realise was that Irma Bale would go on to prove herself extremely versatile by competing and winning over the staying distance.

“I thought she would be a good bitch for the 600 metres”, Bate said.

“There are not a lot of 600 metre races available once you reach the top grade so we stepped her up in distance and she just kept finding”.

Of all her wins, Bate rates her stunning triumph in the 2012 Group1 Sandown Cup as her most memorable.

“She looked beaten when the Sydney dog (He’s My Future) rushed up beside her but she just kept going. They were all over the top of her but she got there. It was one of her most memorable wins”.

With his staying star now retired, Bate does not have any youngsters ready to take over from where she left off, although he hopes that dual Group 1 winner, Xylia Allen, will have a future over the longer trip.

“I haven’t got anyone looking to take her spot. I am hoping one day Xylia Allen will but that remains to be seen”, Bate said.

Xylia Allen has already had a brief stint as a stayer. At her first start over the 725 metres at The Meadows, she did a great job to lead for the majority of the race but was out of her depth against Miata. Returning the following week for her second and last staying assignment to date, Xylia Allen finished down the track behind Destini Fireball in the Group 1 Superstayers.

Now that Irma Bale’s racing days appear to be over, the rising four year old will embark on a new career – motherhood. The 25.8 kilogram pocket rocket will soon make the trip back to NSW where she is sure to make an excellent broodbitch. While he is sad to see her go, Bate is fortunate to have been a part of such a stellar career and is happy that she has made the transition voluntarily, rather than being forced into retirement.

“I will be very sad to see her go, she has been a great little bitch”, Bate said.

“It is satisfying to see what she has done and the prize money she has earned ($579,466) when in reality she is a 600 metre bitch”.

“She has had a great career and I would much rather see her go out on a note like she went out on rather than through injury”.

Although it would be an amazing twist if Irma Bale did get a start in this week’s Group 1 AGRA National Distance final, even more so if she were able to go out on a winning note, Irma Bale has lost no admirers. It takes a sensational dog to race so competitively at the top level, let alone over the staying trip, for an extended amount of time and Irma Bale did just that.

When you team up her dazzling record, her superb breeding, her tenacious heart, attitude and genuine will to win, Irma Bale stands out as one of the best of her era and will be remembered for years to come as the champion bitch she truly is.

Mimicking Mocks His Rivals In Victorian Distance Championship

The Robert Britton trained Mimicking provided one of the biggest upsets of the 2013 Nationals series, powering his way home to score a triumphant victory in the Victorian Distance Final at a massive $32.60.

The race favourite for the event was Graeme Bate’s super stayer, Irma Bale ($2.00), who surprised many punters when tiring after leading. Beginning beautifully from box two, the daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale was a dominant leader going past the judge on the first occasion. From there the race appeared at her mercy as she stretched out well in front of her competitors.

Running down the back on the final occasion, the legs of the rising four year old started to get weary and upon entering the home straight she was bombarded by the backmarkers, finishing in fourth position.

Dashing past the four time group winner was Set Sail South( box four), Mimicking (box one) and Gold Affair Two (box five) who all showed an exhilarating burst of staying power however, it was the cherry rugged runner who had the final say, scoring a narrow victory over Set Sail South in a handy 42.75 seconds.

It was the 12th win for the son of Flying Penske from 69 starts on the race track. Prior to Saturday night, Mimicking had not won a race since the 11th April and had been mixing his form against some tough Victorian company over the middle and staying trips.

Although he may have been overlooked throughout the Nationals series, the 33 kilogram powerhouse was a proven group winner after taking out the group three West End Draught Distance Championship at Angle Park, defeating quality group one winning bitch, Proven Impala. Before his group victory in South Australia, Mimicking had contested the group one Solo Bold Trease at Sandown Park, finishing fifth behind Miata, and the group one Macro Meats Zoom Top at The Meadows, finishing sixth behind Destini Fireball.

Set Sail South was gallant in defeat and made it a great duel between the two black chasers in the run to the finishing line. The son of Westmead Hawk will be given the chance to go one better when he lines up for the National final next Saturday night from box seven whilst Mimicking is drawn awkwardly in box six.

Destini Fireball was disappointing in his efforts, finishing seventh. However, the white and black dog already had his ticket in the national final booked regardless of his performance in the state final.

Whilst the Distance series delivered a shock result, punters anticipated Tomac Bale as the winner of the state sprint, sending him to the boxes as the $2.70 favourite. The son of Dyna Lachlan was beaten for speed in the run to the first turn by Kel Greenough’s Paw Licking and had to settle for second position racing into the back straight. With great determination, the red fawn flash knuckled down to the task and dashed passed the tiring leader to bring up his 11th career win in a sizzling 29.83 seconds.

The group two Launching Pad winner qualified for the state decider courtesy of a scintillating 29.67 seconds heat triumph last week. The best of the night effort from box two was enough to ensure that the Mark Delbridge trained speedster started as the favourite in the event last night and although moving into a horrible box five draw, his class ultimately prevailed.

Amazingly, Tomac Bale has been racing in elite group company for the majority of his short career and can never seem to draw a decent box when it counts. A true testament to this is his draw for the $75,000 to the winner decider next Saturday where he has drawn out wide in box seven however; he does have speed drawn directly on his inside which may actually assist his pursuit to find the rails when the lids fly open.

Clinging onto second position was Paw Licking, who once again weakened on the run home. Nevertheless, Kel will have him in tip top shape to contest the final next week in what is sure to be a thrilling event.

Xylia Allen was third all the way after being beaten for speed in the early stages before kennelmate Imry Bale pipped her for the top three placing just before the line. The daughter of Turanza Bale will still line up for the National feature being the wild card sprinter in the series.

The final box draws for the AGRA Nationals series are as follow:

AGRA National Distance Championship 725m

1. Smart Valentino
2. Destini Fireball
3. Wag Tail
4. Lashing Jill
5. Kalden Mayhem
6. Mimicking
7. Set Sail South
8. Magpie Bob
1st res Gold Affair Two
2nd res Irma Bale

AGRA National Sprint Championship

1. Xylia Allen
2. Zulu Zeus
3. Rumbling Rick
4. Hope’s Up
5. She’s All Class
6. Paw Licking
7. Tomac Bale
8. Innisplain Jet
1st res Imry Bale
2nd res Dyna Oats

Victorian National Sprint & Distance Championships State Final Preview

The final piece of the Nationals puzzle will fall into place tonight, when the home state competitors contest the finals of the AGRA Victorian Sprint and Distance Championships. Chasers are looking to qualify for next week’s group one AGRA National Championships, which have seen the best greyhounds Australia has to offer compete in search of a spot in the final and the $75,000 winner’s cheque.

AGRA VICTORIAN DISTANCE CHAMPIONSHIP

Box One: Mimicking
Mimicking was the surprise result of his heat last week, running a great race at big odds to finish second behind Irma Bale. The son of Flying Penske has been a great money spinner for connections winning 11 of his 68 starts however, he has only won once over the track and distance from 17 appearances which is problematic being in such a classy affair. The Robert Britton trained dog, won the group three West End Draught Distance Championship at Angle Park in April but has not won since then making it hard to see him salute tonight.

Box Two: Irma Bale
The daughter of Batrim Bale has been a fantastic little bitch throughout her 89 start career. The four time group winning distance diva has won 37 races and earned almost $580,000 in prize money. Jumping from box two she should bounce straight to the lead and prove hard to catch. Although she is approaching four years of age, she is still racing well and is certainly capable of pinching the qualifier at what is most likely to be her penultimate race start.

Box Three: Leprechaun Macey
Leprechaun Macey is greyhound racing royalty being out of the exceptional bitch Betty’s Angel and is developing into a promising stayer herself. With just eleven runs to her name, she has already amassed six wins and two placing’s with a personal best of 42.80 seconds over the trip. Tonight is a sharp rise in grade and it will give a definite indication of her class.

Box Four: Set Sail South
Trained by Angela Langton, Set Sail South has a stack or ability as a winner of eight from 24. The black dog is a true stayer in that he comes from behind to win his races however, being a moderate beginner drawn in a poor box, he runs the risk of finding trouble and eliminating himself from the race early on.

Box Five: Gold Affair Two
One of the most underrated dogs racing at present. The black bitch by Texas Gold out of Olgers Affair flew straight under the radar last week when claiming her heat in a handy 42.88 seconds. As a winner of fifteen races; four of which have been over the track and distance with a best time of 42.70 seconds, she represents the value in the event. Box five is not ideal but she does have enough pace to overcome the draw and race prominently.

Box Six: Dashing Red
The Michael Fox trained performer is always thereabouts and ran a solid race last start when finishing quarter of a length behind Gold Affair Two. The son of Surf Lorian clocked 42.68 seconds when winning over the track and distance in June however, he does his best work from the inside- of his ten race wins only one has come from outside of box three.

Box Seven: Destini Fireball
Destini Fireball is as tough as they come and has been the leading male stayer for quite some time now. The white and black powerhouse boasts an exceptional seven from nine over the track and distance with a hot best of 42.40 seconds. Although being defeated as the odds on favourite in his heat, Destini Fireball will still have a major say in the outcome of the event. As a versatile chaser, box seven will not be an issue and he should get plenty of room to move and wind up the massive motor that he possesses.

Box Eight: Maddison Dee
Last but not least is the consistent Maddison Dee from box eight. The pacey bitch recorded the fastest heat victory last week when defeating Set Sail South by two and one quarter lengths in 42.82 seconds. Although she is suited more towards the rails, she is not without her chance and could potentially qualify for her second group final in just four starts.

First Reserve: Major League
Has run a stack of placings in his recent starts in similar company so can definitely figure in the finish.

Second Reserve: New Tibur
Has really found his best form lately and although he only ran fourth in his heat, he can improve in the final with a clear run.

Tips: DESTINI FIREBALL, IRMA BALE, LEPRACHAUN MACEY, GOLD AFFAIR TWO

AGRA VICTORIAN SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIP

Box One: Xylia Allen
The dual group one winner, Xylia Allen, bounced back to her best last week after an unlucky series of runs at her most recent starts. Beginning well from box one in her heat, the daughter of Turanza Bale mustered enough pace to find the lead and snared a determined victory in 29.91 seconds. Drawn well on the inside this week, she should be able to hold a spot on the rails and loom as a massive threat.

Box Two: Imry Bale
The son of Go Wild Teddy scored a great win in last week’s heats after beginning well from an identical draw, defeating raging favourite Paw Licking in 29.83 seconds. Imry Bale has won ten races over the track and distance at The Meadows, with last week’s performance his fastest time to date. From a favourable inside draw he has the ability to figure in the finish again this week.

Box Three: Clone Your Own
The former Kiwi greyhound recaptured his dazzling best last week, scoring impressively in 30.07 seconds. The group two Harrison-Dawson winner went through a brief form slump but now appears fresh and ready to race. The biggest concern for the Robert Britton trained chaser is the fact that he is only a moderate beginner and will need to position himself well early to be in with a real chance. Nonetheless, he does have a strong record with 15 wins from 30 starts, three of which have been at The Meadows. If he gets room to move in the early stages he has a live chance.

Box Four: Tick Bale
Tick Bale is a newcomer on the group race scene with only 11 race starts before tonight. The fawn dog is a son of the staying great Jarvis Bale out of Benden Flex so is certainly bred to run however, from a poor draw in the four he will have it all stacked against him at what is definitely his acid test.

Box Five: Tomac Bale
Tomac Bale always seems to draw terribly with tonight no exception. From a great draw in box two last week, Tomac Bale managed to ping the lids and raced away to notch up an eight and a half-length victory in a scintillating 29.67 seconds. The best of the night performance was a personal best for the son of Dyna Lachlan and Princess Bale over the track and distance and he now holds the strong record of ten wins from 16 starts overall. Within those starts was an exhilarating triumph in the group two Launching Pad and despite the shocking draw, his early speed puts him right in the race and makes him the dog to beat.

Box Six: Dyna Oats
Dyna Oats was a shock winner in his heat last week when clocking 30.14 seconds and paying a massive $23.60. Despite being last away, he navigated his way through the pack to notch up career win number nine from box three. Moving into an awkward box six this week he will face a tough challenge and will have to begin a lot better than in his heat to be considered a genuine threat.

Box Seven: General Destini
The 35 kilogram speedster is a litter brother to champion stayer Destini Fireball, who is also lining up from box seven in the Distance final. As honest as they come, General Destini has won 21 races throughout his career with last week’s heat victory one of his most impressive. After an average beginning, the son of Where’s Pedro had to do it the hard way but ran on superbly to finish over the top of Kevin Bale in 30.02 seconds. Box seven is not an issue however his lack of pace is, especially with a quick beginner on his outside.

Box Eight: Paw Licking
After a fantastic beginning in his heat, Paw Licking looked the winner but found Imry Bale too strong in the run to the line, going down by two lengths. The son of Elite State will probably lead the field, despite being boxed out wide in the pink and from there it will depend on his strength at the end of the race. If he can pinch a break in the run out of the first turn he will take some catching however, based on last week’s performance he will not want a chaser like Xylia Allen, who has a sensational finishing burst, directly behind him.

First Reserve: Kevin Bale
Handy sprinter who mixes his form and would need to improve on some of his recent efforts to take out the race.

Second Reserve: Schroder Bale
Classy animal that was unlucky last week. Big chance if he gains a start.

Tips: XYLIA ALLEN, TOMAC BALE, PAW LICKING, IMRY BALE

McKenna Memorial Heats Highlight A Magnificent Night Of Racing

The middle distance stars will be given their chance to shine tonight at Sandown Park, with six heats of the group two McKenna Memorial. With countless feature events staged for sprinters and a healthy handful for stayers, it is great to see an event for those dogs that cannot perform to their full potential over the shorts but find the gruelling staying journey too arduous.

GROUP TWO MCKENNA MEMORIAL HEAT ONE

Jason Thompson’s W.A Derby winner Boris Fields has come up with box three in the first heat and with a clean beginning he look’s hard to beat. The son of Knocka Norris is a powerful greyhound over the sprint distance and should thrive with the step up to 595 metres. The white and blue dog has won thirteen races throughout his 32 start career, with many of those starts in elite group company. Whilst he does not have a great deal of early toe, he has a moderate beginner on his inside and should get every chance.

General Destini is a litter brother to multiple group winning stayer Destini Fireball and should relish the extra distance. The son of Where’s Pedro has won 20 races and was a runner up in the group two Traralgon Cup two starts back. Although he is drawn out in box seven, he has enough early pace to be prominent and if he can find the lead he will be tough to run down.

Major League is a genuine stayer dropping back to the middle distance however that should not be a problem and from box one he has a good shot.

Darren McDonald’s Take It All has been racing well lately and has a personal best of 34.18 seconds over the track and distance. Box six is a concern but he has plenty of experience handling himself from a poor draw.

GROUP TWO MCKENNA MEMORIAL HEAT TWO

Proven Impala is the class runner of the second heat and is the one to beat despite being drawn in box five. The Joe Borg prepared bitch was the winner of the group one Rookie Rebel at The Meadows in February and has since gone on to race competitively in group races over the 700 metre distance. Proven Impala is versatile in that she can win when leading or coming from behind and she should be able to match motors with the rest of the field.

Michael Carter has a huge opinion of Corridor who has drawn well in box two. The son of Collision is well suited over the middle distance and has a handy record at Sandown with a win and two minors from four starts over the 595, with his win in a strong time of 34.24 seconds.

Bagget Bale is a sensationally bred greyhound by Go Wild Teddy out of Princess Bale, trained in Victoria by Andrea Dailly. The black speedster has won two races over the distance at Sandown with a fast 34.07 seconds to his name. Whilst he is a backmarker and drawn out wide in box seven, if he can avoid early trouble, he will definitely be swooping late.

Newfire Riley is a smart stayer drawn in the cherry. He has a good record over the track and distance and has been unlucky in recent runs so is more than capable of bouncing back in this event.

Immy Rose is a handy front running bitch who makes her own luck and could pinch it if she can set up a good break on the field.

GROUP TWO MCKENNA MEMORIAL HEAT THREE

Paul Stuart has made the long trip to Victoria with the brilliant Dyna Nalin who will be looking for victory at his debut over the track and distance. Box six is not ideal under any circumstances but if there was ever a dog who could overcome the dismal draw it is this bloke. He boasts an impeccable record of 20 wins and five minors from 30 starts and is as strong and honest as they come and will only need a bit of luck at box rise to feature.

Set To Shine is a promising NSW stayer entering the series after three dominant wins at Richmond and Wentworth Park (42.01, 42.34, 42.68 seconds) The daughter of Mandagery Man likes to lead, and will give plenty of cheek out in front if given the chance.

Surf Mail is undefeated over the 595 after two attempts for trainer Darren McDonald. The light fawn three year old has been winning impressively over the sprint trip of late and should flourish with the step back up in distance. Box three is ideal for him to sit behind the leader and run home strong.

Cornelius Fudge is a good young dog, yet to win over the track and distance but is always thereabouts and should not be left out, much the same as Bing Gordyn who has won his last two over the middle distance in an identical time (34.65 seconds).

GROUP TWO MCKENNA MEMORIAL HEAT FOUR

Sandra Collins’ Cintiarna will be looking to redeem herself after a close second last start behind Bing Gordyn. The group winning bitch has a stack of ability and looks suited by the rise in distance where she has recorded a slick 34.20 seconds win two starts back. With 20 victories under her belt, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz should be able to handle box four and is the one to beat.

Calm Model will be making her debut in Victoria from the rails box. The 24 kilogram lightweight is by Collision out of Clay Model and has won her last four starts in great fashion. Last month, the red brindle bitch claimed the $20,000 Richmond Oaks followed by two fantastic wins over the middle distance at Unibet Gardens (34.86, 34.49 seconds). Calm Model appears to have improved her box manners which will definitely help in this event where she will face her acid test against some serious competition.

Fancy Liza is another NSW prospect who has had no luck in her recent starts. The Brett Lee bitch does not have much pace early and has been finding all sorts of trouble racing in group company. Despite her lack of early zip, she is a great little stayer who took out the Group One Association Cup at Wentworth Park in April. From box three she will be hoping to avoid interference when the outside runners cross over to the rails and although stepping back in distance she still has the class to be a threat.

The third NSW chaser in the event is Where’s Keroma in box five for Anthony Azzopardi. The white and blue fawn dog has a stack of ability but can be hard to pick as he mixes his box manners. Nonetheless he has been racing well over the longer distance at Wentworth Park and should be included in the multiples.

New Tibur for Robert Britton has to contend with box six, but has won his last three starts, all at Sandown including a last start 34.26 seconds triumph.

GROUP TWO MCKENNA MEMORIAL HEAT FIVE

Super stayer Destini Fireball will jump in heat five from box seven. The classy greyhound has won 22 races with over $440,000 in prizemoney accumulated in his 41 start career. The 37 kilogram powerhouse stepped back down to the 595 metre trip last start when an unlucky fourth behind Bing Gordyn. Destini Fireball has a strong record from out wide and is the main contender in his heat.

Zelemar Fever looks a threat, returning from a stint in W.A where she placed fifth in the Oaks at Cannington last start. Before that, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz had qualified in a scintillating 30.23 seconds and based on that form she should run a good race from box four.

Set Sail South has had two runs over the track and distance for two wins and moves out to box eight this week. Trained by Angela Langton, the black dog showed tenacity last start when overcoming trouble and interference to land victory in 34.72 seconds. Whilst the time was not overly impressive, he showed great promise in the way he took out the event, and as such he is one of the main chances.

Lektra Angie is impeccably bred and well boxed in the two, with a good personal best over the distance (34.28 seconds). Although she has been mixing form lately, she is capable of running a handy race and causing an upset.

GROUP TWO MCKENNA MEMORIAL HEAT SIX

Graeme Bate’s Irma Bale looks the standout from box two in the final heat. From the draw she should be able to bounce to the lead, and from there she won’t get caught. The front running stayer claimed her second Sandown Cup in May and has started twice since then for a second and a fifth. The Batrim Bale bitch should be winning this, with the 595 trip the perfect distance for her to shine.

Amadeus Strikes is a strong and ultra-consistent NSW bitch who has won her last two starts at Wentworth Park in sensational times (29.77, 29.79 seconds). From box five she may find it a bit tricky but is definitely one of the biggest threats to Irma Bale as a proven chaser over the middle distance, claiming a heat of the Big Dog Cup in 35.18 seconds.

Aeroplane Eddie is an emerging talent with eight wins and four minors from fourteen starts. The son of Velocette is a middle distance specialist and should be storming home from box seven.

Magnum Blast has been doing a lot of travelling of late and has been racing well against some tough company. From box three he is not without a chance.

The first heat of the group two McKenna Memorial will jump tonight at 7:25pm, with next week’s final offering $40,000 to one talented greyhound and some happy connections.

Bale And Fire Set Peter Mosman Semi’s Ablaze

Punters got off to a rough start in the first semi-final of the Group One Peter Mosman with the honours going to the Graeme Bate prepared Schroder Bale paying $10.20 for the win. Beginning well from box seven the black and white dog took advantage of Black Magic Opal’s poor beginning to find the lead in the run to the first turn and from there it was a case of times and margins as the son of Dyna Lachlan and Amity Bale kicked clear to notch up his eighth career victory in a breathtaking 29.61 seconds. Schroder Bale came into the series with fantastic form as a recent finalist in both the Group Two Harrison-Dawson at Sandown Park (4th behind Clone Your Own) and the Group Two Warrnambool Cup (6th behind Ronan Izmir). Also sneaking through to next week’s final was the Jane Carruther’s trained Clockwise who ran a fantastic race from box two to finish just one and a half lengths off the winner.

Race favourite Black Magic Opal was disappointing when finishing down the track in seventh position. The Group Two Maitland Gold Cup winner began poorly from box six and did not fire at all missing a place for the first time at start number 21.

The second semi went to another Graeme Bate sprinter with Quiz Bale blitzing her rivals in a red hot 29.87 seconds. The petite black bitch took full advantage of an inside draw as Black Rip caused commotion when crossing from box eight to rail through on the first turn and set up a winning break down the back. Remarkably Quiz Bale is yet another pup by underrated sire Dyna Lachlan who also sired the previous winner Schroder Bale. Quiz Bale is out of the great producer Princess Bale who is the mother of Bagget Bale, Barcia Bale, Desalle Bale and Purcell Bale amongst others with the 28 kilogram pocket rocket certainly proving to be right up there with the best her mum has thrown. Last night’s win was the eleventh for Quiz Bale after just 22 starts whilst she has another four placings to her name. Flashing home to get within half a length of the winner was the powerhouse Triggsy who in turn made it two Bate/Carruthers quinella’s in a row when qualifying for the final.

The third semi went to Central Coast chaser Johnny Fire who ran the race of his life clocking a scintillating 29.63 seconds for the trip. Beginning in a flawless 5.38 seconds early the son of Knocka Norris and Gunna Oz made his rivals look like fifth graders, stretching out beautifully to claim the event by four and three quarter lengths. Johnny Fire is the only dog his trainer Trevor Hagney has in work at present but based on his performance, the full time electrician may be $75,000 richer this time next Saturday night. The black speedster has faced the starter on 28 occasions saluting 15 times whilst he has accumulated a further eleven placings. Last night’s performance was easily his best time over the track and distance where he has now won four races and placed third behind Charmed Assassin in the Group Three New Sensation in March. Also making it through to the lucrative final was Michael Carter with his charge Shadow Lane navigating his way through the field to cross the line in second position.

The fourth and final semi went to yet another Graeme Bate runner with Xylia Allen blowing spectators and rivals away with a determined performance that is quickly becoming a trademark for the iron bitch. The daughter of Turanza Bale and Tayah Bale is a freak in the kindest of ways, overcoming all kinds of bumps and knocks on the first turn including being turned sideways but managed to find her feet, regain her momentum and mow down her opposition in a brilliant 29.84 seconds. The black speed machine has won fourteen of her 30 starts including the Group One Sapphire Crown at Sandown Park where she ran down Jason Mackay’s airborne Punch One Out to claim the $100,000 winner’s purse. With her tendency to dwell and still dominate her races, Xylia Allen is quickly transforming into one of the most exciting youngsters to watch and should put on a scorching demonstration next Saturday night. Gallant in defeat was fellow Victorian Iona Seven for Robert Britton who was just one and a half lengths behind the winner in second position and will also go through to the decider.

The $75,000 to the winner Peter Mosman will be the highlight of a sensational night of racing at Wentworth Park next Saturday. With eight exceptional youngsters engaged it will truly be an enthusiasts dream to see yet another champion emerge from the series and write their name in the record books alongside the greats.

The box draw for the Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic Final is:

2013 Group 1 Peter Mosman Final Box Draw

1. JOHNNY FIRE TREVOR HAGNEY
2. XYLIA ALLEN GRAEME BATE
3. SCHRODER BALE GRAEME BATE
4. TRIGGSY JANE CARRUTHERS
5. SHADOW LANE MICHAEL CARTER
6. CLOCKWISE JANE CARRUTHERS
7. QUIZ BALE GRAEME BATE
8. IONA SEVEN ROBERT BRITTON
FIRST RESERVE FERLY REIGN ANTHONY AZZOPARDI
SECOND RESERVE VEYRON BALE ANDREA DAILLY

Peter Mosman Classic Semi Finals Betting Preview

Round two of the Group One Peter Mosman series kicks off at 8:50pm tonight with four action packed semi’s offering a tantalizing quaddie for greyhound racing enthusiasts on what will be a terrific night of racing at Wentworth Park.

GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI ONE

The first semi will be keenly watched with the freakish Black Magic Opal lining up from box six. The two year old sprinter was a resounding winner of his heat last week in a blistering 29.77 seconds on a rain affected track with the sizzling time easily the best of the night. The group two Maitland Gold Cup winner has good box speed and an enormous motor when he hits the ground. The son of Magic Sprite has won 16 races from 20 starts and is clearly the one to beat in the astute hands of Jason Thompson.

Boxed to get a perfect run into the race on his outside is the Graeme Bate prepared Schroder Bale who ran a fantastic second behind Gold Town last week beaten three lengths in 29.92 seconds. The youngster has been racing consistently in group company over recent months whilst he possesses 7 wins and 9 minors from 24 starts and an excellent record from box seven with four starts for three wins.

Bate has two other runners engaged in the first semi with Queensland Futurity winner Purcell Bale drawn in the one and Mosman heat winner Noble Bale drawn in box three. Purcell Bale is a resilient little bitch with a personal best of 29.71 seconds over the track and distance however she can dwell at the start which can cause problems from the cherry. Noble Bale on the other hand is boxed to perfection in the white with a very strong record of three wins from five starts wearing the rug number 3 . The black and white chaser has been a marvellous dog thus far with 17 wins and 7 placings from 41 starts. Noble Bale began well in his heat last week from box six and was a strong winner in 30.22 seconds over Shadow Lane.

Jane Carruthers is engaged in the first semi with yet another pup by boom sire Magic Sprite with Clockwise drawn in box two. The black bitch out of Elizabeth Royal has had ten starts and whilst she has only won two races, one of those was in the Group Three Magic Maiden final. The 28 kilogram chaser has also recorded a fast win at Gosford in 29.76 seconds and although she does not have much early pace, watch for her to be storming home.

GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI TWO

Jagger Swagger was a little disappointing in last week’s heats from box one however he is more than capable of bouncing back to his brilliant best from box two in the semis. Trained by Mark Azzopardi the son of Premier Fantasy has won nineteen races from 29 starts including triumphs in the Group One National Derby, The Group Two Richmond Derby and the Group Three Bulli Gold Cup. He also holds a great record from inside boxes with ten starts resulting in 7 wins and 2 placings. He is boxed to win but must do better than last week as he is drawn in a cracking field.

Frank Hurst’s enthralling youngster Zulu Zeus lines up from box six in the second semi. The airborne son of Where’s Pedro and Fancy Jaffa has won five from twelve including a sensational 30.08 seconds domination at Richmond in May. The black dog ran the best race of his short career just two starts back when almost running down Jagger Swagger in The Bulli Gold Cup final which was followed last start by a good third behind Veyron Bale in last week’s heats. Box six is a concern however he is a safe beginner and should run a good race.

Double Twist recorded the second fastest time last week(29.92 seconds) when landing her heat by three lengths however will have to overcome a horror draw in box five. The daughter of Where’s Pedro and Tifi has a dazzling record of 10 wins and 4 seconds from just 15 starts with a best time of 29.65 seconds at Wentworth Park and will only need a clean beginning to be able to blow them away.
Triggsy, a litter brother to Clockwise also lines up in the second heat from box three. The Carruthers trained greyhound has won 10 from 23 however he is a backmarker that will need to find a few lengths at the beginning to be close enough to run down these top quality dogs.

GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI THREE

There are eight genuine chances in this race with six of the runners coming up from Victoria.

Gold Town ran up to his best form last week when claiming his heat in a nippy 29.92 seconds from box five. The black dog moves one box towards the rails for the semis into the blue and although this is not ideal if he can begin like last week he should go close to leading and can pinch victory here. The Peter Hunt sprinter has won twelve races overall with two wins at Wentworth including a scintillating 29.49 seconds recorded in March.

Veyron bale also claimed his heat last week running a quick 30.12 seconds for Andrea Dailly and has drawn box two in his semi. The son of Meticulous is well travelled recently racing in both Western Australia and Victoria with success. He is very consistent and boxed well so should run a good race if he gets room to move in the early stages.

The best of the local hopes is the talented Johnny Fire who will line up from box six for Trevor Hagney. The Knocka Norris two year old is always there about with 14 wins and 11 minors from 27 starts. The 32 kilogram dog is as tenacious as they come and very reliable with the ability to win from out wide, or on the rails. Johnny Fire has a best of 29.79 seconds at Wentworth Park and it would come as no surprise to see him figure in the finish.

On his inside is Graeme Bate’s Tee Brady who has shown enormous potential after just seven starts winning five races in impressive fashion around Victoria. He ran a great race at his track debut last week running second behind fellow competitor Veyron Bale and despite the awkward draw in box five he could quite easily reverse the results from last week.

GROUP ONE PETER MOSMAN SEMI FOUR

Run of the night last week went to Xylia Allen who overcame a poor beginning and congestion to deliver her trademark spine tingling victory in a fast 29.93 seconds. The black bitch has won 13 from 29 including the Group One Sapphire Crown two starts ago. The daughter of Turanza Bale has no pace early but has a tremendous motor once her paws hit the ground. If she can navigate her way into a handy position from box six in the run out of the first turn she will run down the leader and score her fourteenth win.

Local hope Ferly Reign will be hoping to give Xylia Allen a shake when the black dog jumps from the cherry for Anthony Azzopardi. The son of Bombastic Shiraz took out his heat in fine style last week clocking a great win in 29.99 seconds over Johnny Fire and whilst he has never started from box one he has a liking for the inside with two wins from two starts from the checks.

Iona Seven is a promising type from the Robert Britton kennel with six wins from 13 starts including slick wins at Sandown (29.42 seconds) and The Meadows (30.40 seconds) who ran a top race at his track debut last week qualifying in third position behind Double Twist. Iona Seven is a good beginner who should get a clear run into the race with Xylia Allen, a poor beginner, boxed on his inside.

The semi-finals are a must see event tonight with the first two from each semi progressing through to next weeks $75,000 to the winner final- what is shaping up to be an incredible race.

Peter Mosman Series Bursting With Brilliance

There is no doubt the current generation of young sprinters in Australia is nothing short of phenomenal, in fact you would not be far off the money to say that it is one of the strongest generations greyhound enthusiasts have seen in recent years. Tonight marks the start of one of the most gruelling age classics nationwide with the heats of the Group One Peter Mosman at Wentworth Park.

Run over three weeks the $75,000 series is host to the best 80 sprinters whelped on or after the 1st December 2010 with the honour roll bursting with former track stars including Solve The Puzzle (1998), Big Sam Banner (2002), Elite State (2003) and Surf Lorian (2004) whilst last year it was taken out by top liner Garrick Bale. With nine spectacular heats tonight below are a few of the standout runners in the series.

Hard to go past the superstar Black Magic Opal in the first heat despite the fact that he has drawn poorly in box five. He is one of the most exciting sprinters to come out of the Central Coast in recent times and is now in the astute hands of master trainer Jason Thompson. He was a dazzling winner of the Group Two Maitland Gold Cup in April and has won two from two for Thompson in Victoria in near track record times. With nineteen starts for fifteen wins and four seconds to his name including a 29.79 seconds over the track and distance he should take some beating.

Despite the scratching of boom pup Zulu Zircon heat two is still a fantastic race with local star Winsome Charlee boxed in the cherry for John and Minnie Finn. The daughter of Where’s Pedro and Ramblin’ Ruby has been freshened up for the series and will be lining up for her first start in almost a month. Winsome Charlee has won fourteen races all up including five at Wentworth Park with a best of 29.66 seconds and loves box one with four wins and a placing from five starts. The plucky little bitch does not have genuine zip but she makes up for it with a combination of heart and a big motor. Winsome Charlee is always thereabouts and has a strong record in group finals finishing third in the Group One National Futurity behind Sometimes Speedy and Punch One Out and second in this year’s Golden Easter Egg behind Grigorieva Bale. Shadow Lane will be her biggest threat from box three with some speedy times down south for Michael Carter including a nippy 29.86 seconds triumph last start at Sandown.

Heat five will see three time group winner Jagger Swagger line up from the rails box off the back of his terrific win in the Group Three Ranvet Gold Cup. The 36 kilogram son of Premier Fantasy and Surpassing took out the Group One National Derby at Unibet Gardens followed by the Group Two Richmond Derby earlier this year. The Mark Azzopardi trained sprinter has a personal best of 29.56 seconds over the track and distance as well as a flawless three from three from the one. His litter brother Incumbent is in the same heat from box three and is a handy performer in his own right with nine wins from 18 starts. Best of the rest is Gold Town who ran a near track record 29.49 seconds during the Easter Egg series however he is a bit hit and miss and Jagger Swagger is more reliable especially from box one.

In the following heat Gold Cup runner up Zulu Zeus also has the luxury of an inside draw and will be the dominant favourite after nearly running down Jagger Swagger last start. The Frank Hurst greyhound has won five races from eleven starts with a scintillating 29.83 seconds recorded at his last start in town over Tempest Shiraz. The youngster does not turn two until August but is in a class of his own with blistering times at Bulli (26.20 seconds) and Richmond (30.08 seconds)

Making the trip to NSW for the series is Group One Sapphire Crown winner Xylia Allen who will line up from box four in the seventh heat. She is about the only dog in the series who can get knocked left right and centre and still win emphatically and she looks set to win again tonight. She lacks early pace but is extremely resilient in running and has an enormous motor once she finds her feet. To put it simply with a clear run there is no dog in the race that can beat her because she is an absolute machine. If there is a bunch up rails runner Clockwise will be hoping to sneak through on the inside and snare the event. She has only had nine starts but has shown a stack of ability with fast times at Gosford(29.76 seconds) and Wentworth Park (30.01 seconds). She has never had box one but I can’t see it being a problem for her.

Xylia Allen’s talented litter brother Amram Allen will line up from box three in the heat after his freakish sister and looks to be right in contention. The black dog has put together ten wins and ten placings from 27 starts and was a dominant last start winner in 26.06 seconds (BON) at Warragul over Purcell Bale. He seems to have about as much speed as his sizzling sister but from the white he should be able to sit behind the speed and pounce on the leaders. His biggest threat is fellow Victorian and Group Two Harrison-Dawson victor Clone Your Own who will make his Wentworth Park debut from box six. The former New Zealander is trained by Robert Britton and has been racing brilliantly since venturing across the Tasman with six starts for four wins and a placing.
Included in this were thrilling times at Sandown clocked over three consecutive weeks (29.49, 29.41, 29.48 seconds). Box six is a concern however he is one from one from the green- if he can handle the track he will give them a shake.

The first race on a fantastic card at Wentworth Park will jump at 7:30pm. With so many exhilarating speedsters engaged in the series the next three weeks will certainly be action packed for greyhound racing enthusiasts and will reveal who Australia’s top young chasers are.

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