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Britton Makes Harrison-Dawson His Own As Xylia Allen Triumphs For Bate

It was the night that greyhound racing enthusiasts nationwide had been waiting for and despite dreary weather conditions Sandown shined with some dazzling performances that kept track-goers smiling and ensured that unlike their clothes, their spirits were not dampened.

It all started with the heats of the Sandown Cup which saw the return of Australia’s staying sweetheart Miata.

The red fawn dynamo was returning to the track for the first time since March and bounced back to her best qualifying for the final in 42.39 seconds over the fast finishing Steve Allen. Whilst this was not the fastest heat time, it took a lot of heart and courage for Australia’s highest stakes earner to return to the winners list first up after an extended break and against some of the country’s best stayers. Miata will be better for the run and will start next Thursday in the final which is expected to be her racing swansong.

Prior to Miata strutting her stuff on the track, staying marvel Destini Fireball stamped himself as one of the greats with a strong 42.21 seconds success over outsider Reckless Charm. The white and black son of Where’s Pedro and Grey’s Destiny is a multiple group one winner and is right in contention for yet another trophy to sit upon trainer Emilio Rinaldi’s mantelpiece when he lines up in the feature on Thursday night.

Heat three was won by the ultra-consistent Irma Bale, yet another headliner for Lara’s Graeme Bate. The pint sized performer Tips the scales at just over 25 kilograms but has the heart of a lion, leading all the way from box eight in a blistering 41.92 seconds in front of 50-1 chance Maddison Dee.

The fourth and final heat was taken out late in the night by Proven Impala for Joe Borg. The Velocette bitch is a winner of 25 races and over $230,000 in stakes money and certainly showed her class dominating the race to win over Tasmanian star Bell Haven in a sizzling 42.06 seconds.

Moving onto the group finals where Robert Britton took out the group-two Harrison Dawson with former New Zealand chaser Clone Your Own. Beginning only moderately from the cherry, the 33 kilogram dog weaved his way throughout the field to sit third on the first turn before pushing up on the outside of Warrnambool Classic winner Premier Event to take up the lead. The son of Droopy’s Marco was too strong on the line for Graeme Bate’s Irmy Bale who ran a gallant race to claim second with the winner taking out the event in a scintillating 29.48 seconds.

Grand old chaser Glen Gallon did not lose any supporters finishing third after another usual gutsy performance. Last night’s triumph was the first group win for Clone Your Own with his record now standing at 16 starts for nine wins and five placings whilst it appears the sky is now the limit for the two and a half year old sprinter. Another interesting note from this race is that all runners finished in race book order- a very rare feat especially in a group race final!

Bate’s luck was reversed in the second feature event on the night with the phenomenal Xylia Allen flashing home to claim the $100,000 Sapphire Crown. After a poor beginning you would have been forgiven for focusing your attention on race leader El Brooklyn who exploded from the boxes, with NSW speedster Punch One Out quickly finding a spot behind her and looking an ominous threat. In the meantime Xylia Allen was pushed wide on the first turn in a scrimmage which saw kennelmate Desalle Bale take a heavy tumble. In a run similar to her heat win last week the stunning black daughter of Turanza Bale knuckled down to the challenge and just when Mackay’s chaser looked the winner, Xylia Allen loomed up and zoomed past to claim the event by a length on the line in 29.51 seconds. The 30 kilogram pocket rocket is freakish in her ability to take a thrashing and still win and has now done so on twelve occasions whilst she also has nine placings to her name after just 28 starts.

With the sprinting highlights done and dusted the spotlight will shine on Sandown once again next Thursday for the stayers with a highly talented field assembling for The Sandown Cup at what will be a night of greyhound racing history when we say goodbye to the magnificent Miata.

Can Glen Gallon Do It Again In The Harrison-Dawson?

Greyhound racing does not get any better than this Thursday night at Sandown Park. The action-packed eleven race card offers a tantalizing treat for enthusiasts with the Group one Sandown Cup heats highlighted by the return of champion bitch Miata whilst the best Australian sprinters will also congregate for the running of the group one Sapphire Crown and the group two Harrison-Dawson.
The latter will be the first feature final to fly being race six with eight sensational males vying for the $100,000 first prize at 8:58PM.

BOX ONE: Coming up with the coveted cherry box is the former New Zealander CLONE YOUR OWN who has managed to sneak under the radar and into the final after a dominant heat win last week. The son of Irish sire Droopy’s Marco began moderately from box six and with plenty of room to move in the early stages, charged his way into the top spot around the first turn clocking a blistering 29.41 seconds ahead of Irmy Bale. Since joining the astute kennels of Robert Britton in April, the black speedster has barely put a paw wrong winning three of his five starts with a third placing also to his name. Another point worth noting about this bloke is that he has never drawn the one after eighteen starts and whilst he holds an impeccable record from out wide, box one is the enviable box to have in big races. The under rated dog in the series who has a great chance of holding a vital position on the rails and could be a serious contender for the prize.

BOX TWO: Ever consistent three year old Irmy Bale has drawn well in box two for legendary trainer Graeme Bate. The son of Go Wild Teddy and Amity Bale ran a fantastic race last week flashing home to finish one and a quarter lengths off Clone Your Own after the leader set up a big margin down the back. As a winner of 23 races and with a brilliant record from the checks Irmy Bale is right in contention for this event. The biggest thing working against him is that it often takes him a few strides to hit top gear; however there is not an enormous amount of speed drawn around him so he should get every chance.

BOX THREE: Champion Queensland veteran Glen Gallon proved that his age was not affecting him last week when qualifying for the final in the fastest time of the four heats (29.39 seconds). The red brindle son of Flying Stanley is a multiple group one winner ( 2011 Winter Cup and 2011 Brisbane Cup) whilst he has been placed in five other group one final (2nd in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, 2012 Silver Chief, 2012 National Sprint Championship, 2012 Brisbane Cup, and ran third in the 2012 Group 1 Temlee). The Tony Brett prepared greyhound has won 34 races from 61 starts including his last four in succession and with six victories from box three he is the one to beat. A win in the Harrison-Dawson would also propel his stakes earnings to over $603,000 and would firmly reinforce him in third position on the list of Australia’s top prize money earning greyhounds.

BOX FOUR: The second of three runners for Graeme Bate is the well performed Schroder Bale who will be aiming to go one better than last week when defeated by Andrea Dailly’s Garrick Bale. Beginning fast from box four last week, he found trouble early and was knocked back into fourth position before firing again on the home turn to finish three and a quarter lengths off the winner in second. The Dyna Lachlan pup has been racing competitively in good company of late but once again will have to raise the bar in this race with so much experience and talent spread across the field. The black and white dog is another youngster out of top producer Amity Bale who has qualified three runners into this week’s final- a sensational achievement for any sire or dam to attain. As a good beginner he should be up there in the early stages.

BOX FIVE: Angela Langton will be hoping her Warrnambool Classic winner Premier Event can make it his second group two event in as many weeks when he lines up from the awkward box five. The white and black chaser began quickly in his heat last week and gave nothing else a look in clocking a slick 29.54 seconds for the 515 metre trip. The son of Premier Fantasy has won seven from nineteen and should be matching motors with Schroder Bale in the early stages. He definitely has the speed to lead and if he finds the front he will take some running down.

BOX SIX: Hurricane Isaac ran the best race of his life last week when finishing second behind Glen Gallon however this is a steep rise in class especially from box six. As a winner of eight overall from 26 starts including a nippy 29.66 seconds he is certainly an above average sprinter for Anthony Flores yet has only won one of his last eight starts and looks to have it stacked against it him in the final. Regardless of this, the black chaser is all heart and is capable of running a cheeky race. As a $900 purchase it would be one of the greatest rags to riches story if he could bag the $100,000 feature for his 65 year old mentor.

BOX SEVEN: Garrick Bale, another Paul Wheeler bred chaser will line up from box seven for Anakie’s Andrea Dailly. The winner of the 2012 group one Peter Mossman must be respected as a winner of fifteen races including a triumph in last week’s heats recording a hot 29.61 seconds over Schroder Bale. He also possesses a strong second section, however he will need to be up with the leaders in order to utilize it and with so much speed drawn ideally on the inside he will have to be at his best to challenge from the black. Despite this it would not be unlike the Wheeler’s to produce a group winner at big odds.

BOX EIGHT: The last of Amity Bale’s trio is Kevin Bale for you guessed it- Graeme Bate. The Lara trainer certainly knows how to put the polish on his team for the big races and there is no doubt Kevin Bale as well as Bates other two runners in the event will start being 110% ready for action. Kevin Bale has won 16 from 54 and ran home well behind Premier Event last week whilst he has won four races over the track and distance including a handy 29.59 seconds recorded last June. The 32 kilogram chaser has been racing consistently and is always thereabouts however he does prefer to be drawn closer the rails especially against such tough opposition.

1ST RESERVE: After finishing third to Glen Gallon in the heats, Nikita’s Elite makes it through as the first reserve. A winner of nine from 33 who has plenty of talent but faces a tough test should he get a run.

2ND RESERVE: Boris Fields for Pearcedale trainer Jason Thompson has a good shot if he gets a run particularly if drawn towards the inside. A winner at Sandown in 29.36 seconds he must be considered if he gains a start.

2013 Harrison-Dawson Tips

3. Glen Gallon
1. Clone Your Own
5. Premier Event
2.Irmy Bale

Kalden Mayhem To Prove Age Is No Barrier To Group Glory

South Australian trainer Troy Murray enjoyed a tremendous night at Angle Park last week however it may just be eclipsed as he stares down the barrel of two Group race victories in one night. With a duo of chances in the Group 3 Anniversary Cup, he also prepares grand stayer Kalden Mayhem who again lines up in a feature staying event.

The son of Big Daddy Cool and Abbadale Gold was whelped in October 2008, making him over four and a half years old, and despite 108 starts and 51 career victories he has lost none of the form that has made him the dominant stayer in S.A for multiple years. He will line up from box two in the Group 3 West End Draught Distance Championship worth $25,000 to the winner, and based on his stirring comeback in last weeks’ heat, he can only be described as a leading chance to add to his $171,000 in career earnings.

Lining up from box five he was far too strong for race favourite Proven Impala last week, running 43.36 and with only two heats, he meets much of the same quality opposition the second time around.

Proven Impala will benefit from the run, of course, but she conceded a significant lead to be run down last week, and would need to rectify that if she wishes to turn the tables and steal the top prize. She is currently listed as $2.50 favourite in the event, which does seem under-odds considering the awkward draw (four) and the dog’s mixed form in the past few weeks. Regardless of the betting aspect, Proven Impala is a quality chaser and trainer Joe Borg would be hoping for a successful showing from his prize bitch.

The other two greyhounds gaining a run from that first heat were Robert Andrew and Miss Woods. Robert Andrew was only beaten 1.75 lengths and could be a smokey for trifecta players, while Miss Woods has shown her ability over the 731m on many occasions and is expected to find this lot a little bit too good.

The second and final heat last Thursday was taken out by Mimicking for Robert Britton and Cherie Ivers. He is generally known as a get-back-run-on type of stayer and has been seen tailing fields on occasion. However that was certainly not the case last week where he found himself in second place upon settling and was always going to be too strong from there. Drawing box one for this appears an advantage at first, however the dog in winless from all starts when exiting the three inside boxes (none for six when beginning from the red) and that poses concerns for punters.

The start before last was an impressive victory ahead of Maddison Dee at The Meadows, and perhaps this is a sign that Mimicking is ready to put his best foot forward on a more consistent basis. With expected odds of around 5/1 you’d be taking him on trust.
The abovementioned Maddison Dee has also made the final and will start from box seven. Her odds of 20/1 appear tremendous value when considering she rolled Mimicking only four starts ago and then went down by less than a length the next time they met. She certainly wasn’t disgraced last week and will improve with the Angle Park run under her belt.

She appears a far better bet than Cousin Callum for example, who had every chance to beat Mimicking in the same race last week. His best around the track is 42.11, which would likely win this, however that was set over a year ago, and his last two efforts suggest those times are probably past him. Cousin Callum is trained by Petar Jovanovic and current sits at $6.50 on the estimated market. Drawn box three with Proven Impala directly outside, it seems safe to risk the son of Hallucinate on this occasion.

Azz Always rounds out the field for owner-trainer Damian Mills, however he was beaten comfortably last week and with only one win over the distance (7 from 70 overall) it may be best to wait until it’s engaged in something easier.

The West End Draught Distance Championship will be underway at 9.41pm local time and will round out the Quaddie, being race 8 on the program.

Racing Minister Congratulates Victorian Greyhound Racing’s Finest

Minister for Racing Denis Napthine last night congratulated an outstanding line-up of greyhounds and connections that were recognised at the 2012 Victorian Greyhound Industry Awards held at Crown Palladium.

“Greyhound racing in Victoria is on the up and up. In 2012, prize money increased by 20 per cent to a record $36 million, betting turnover levels are unprecedented and some of the biggest crowds seen for more than thirty years are turning up at tracks,” Dr Napthine said.

“In addition, last year saw new standards set by greyhounds, their trainers, owners and breeders as well as by race clubs, club officials and of course the many dedicated volunteers.”
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Graeme Bate Qualifies Four For Laurels Classic Final

An outstanding training performance from master mentor Graeme Bate has seen the Lara legend qualify four runners for next week’s Macro Meats Laurels final at Sandown Park.

Already a three time winner of the time-honoured classic, Bate trained a winning treble with Langi Bale, Purcell Bale and Gunda Bale winning their respective semi finals.

However the night’s opening semi final went to Jason Thompson, with his two year old bitch Miss Mozoltov winning in 29.56 seconds.
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Ferguson Looking To Storm Home In Canberra Cup

It may be the case of third time lucky for Londonderry trainer Majella Ferguson as she aims to claim her first Canberra Cup victory on Sunday with in form sprinter Electro Storm who came up with the coveted box one in this week’s final. After starting from box six in his heat last week, the son of Bit Chilli and Hallucinating was gallant in defeat beaten by just over a length in 30.38 recorded by Mepunga Geordie who came up with box two again in this weeks $25,000 to the winner Group Three final.

After beginning his career with Jason Mackay, Electro Storm came to the highly successful Ferguson kennel with solid sprinting form but over the past few starts has really matured into a competitive sprinter, clocking 29.86 in a FFA win at Wentworth Park just three weeks ago and has only been unplaced once in his past nine starts. Majella was hesitant in taking the dog with her kennel already full but said she always had confidence the dog could improve.

‘I was hesitant about whether to take him or not but his been one of the most improved dogs going around. It didn’t surprise me what he run at Wenty the other week and now his made a group final’.
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Irma Bale & Lektra Jay Dominate Victorian National Distance Championship Final

The Graeme Bate-trained Irma Bale looks the greyhound to beat in next Saturday night’s State Distance Final at The Meadows after drawing perfectly in box one.

The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale showed her customary early speed in last night’s heat, recording splits of 4.88, 15.94 and 29.69 before a three quarter-length victory over litter sister and main series rival Fyna Bale in a Best of Night 42.82, which was also a new PB for the two-time Group winner.

Irma Bale will start a hot favourite to represent Victoria in the Group 1 Wrest Point National Distance Championship, to be held at Hobart on August 25 over 709 metres.
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Seventeen Nominations Received For Victorian Heats Of National Distance Championships

A total of 17 nominations have been received for the State Distance Championship heats to be conducted at The Meadows over 725 metres on August 4, with the Victorian State final decided on August 11.

The winner of the State Distance final from Victoria will then take on the country’s best stayers in the Group 1 AGRA National Distance Championship at Hobart on August 25, worth $75,000 to the winner. Victoria will be hoping to return to the winners’ circle this year.

After three consecutive wins for the Vics in the National Distance Championship between 2007 and 2009 (Flashing Floods, Mantra Lad, Jarvis Bale) the state has played second fiddle behind more recent winners Blue Lorian (NSW) and Dashing Corsair (QLD).
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2012 Greyhounds Of The Year In Review : NSW & Victoria

Over 25,000 races across 2000 meetings have taken place in 2011. It was a year where locals across the land struggled to win big races at home. Victoria lost the Australian Cup to Tassie, but took revenge by again claiming the Adelaide Cup and stealing the Hobart Thousand in a thriller. Sydney trainers couldn’t find a way to claim the Golden Easter Egg riches, while the Perth Cup went all the way to the sunshine state.

So who can lay claim to being each state’s best performed greyhound? Doing comparisons is always such a subjective thing, so it seemed worthwhile making a shortlist of those in contention, while still picking a stand-out. For those that find a glaring omission or two; remember that in the end, opinions are just that – opinions.

New South Wales

New South Wales had another strong year, with multiple greyhounds tasting big race success in 2011. The usual suspects of Lutiger, Azzopardi, Mackay etc. all had strong kennels which made the racing as keenly contested as ever.
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Silver Chief Final For The Ages – Young Guns To Clash On New Years Day

The 2012 greyhound season is set to start off with a bang as The Meadows host a star-studded Group 1 AJS Corporation Silver Chief final over 525 metres on New Year’s Day.

All the big guns progressed safely through to Sunday night’s $75,000-to-the-winner final, despite the shock defeat of Heston Bale, who finished second behind the underrated Godsend to qualify for the first Group final of his much-publicised career.

Two greyhounds who continued on from their amazing heat efforts were Cape Hawke and Queensland star Glen Gallon, both stopping the clock at 29.77 (Best of Night) in their respective semi-finals. Cape Hawke – a Ballarat and Adelaide Cup finalist – will start from box seven in the January 1 final, while Glen Gallon’s chances were dealt a blow after drawing away from his preferred rails draw in box eight.
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Heston & Bekim Bale’s Litter Sister Stakes Her Claim For Group Race Glory In Sandown Laurels Classic

Irma Bale will start a warm favourite for the Group 2 Macro Meats Laurels Classic next Thursday night after her dazzling 29.44 win in tonight’s semi finals.

A member of the outstanding Batrim Bale-Amelia Bale litter which also features Macro Meats Shootout winner and Sandown track record holder Bekim Bale, as well as new Meadows track record holder Heston Bale, Irma Bale jumped well from box two to lead through the first turn, extending her margin at every turn to defeat By Starlight by 6.75 lengths.

The win was the tenth of her 20 race career, and her winning time was two lengths faster than the best time of the other finalists. Trainer Graeme Bate looks well placed to claim a fourth Macro Meats title since 2001 after Irma Bale drew box 2 again for the final.
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Stars Draw Well For Group 2 City Of Hume Cup Final

Fastest heat winners McDoom and Lektra Jay have drawn side by side in boxes two and three in Monday-week’s Group 2 City of Hume Cup final over 600 metres at The Meadows.

Both greyhounds won their respective heats in a flying 34.36 and clearly look the greyhounds to beat in the $40,000-tothe-winner final.

McDoom, who made the semi finals of the recent Group 1 Paws Of Thunder series, sped to the early lead in his heat, giving nothing else a chance (splits of 9.08 and 22.02), and looks suited in box two.
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Greyhound Racing Victoria Chairman Nick Caley Gone Immediately

Greyhound Racing Victoria Chair Nick Caley has resigned from his post amid a buzz of industry rumour.

Caley, who was appointed by former Labor Government Racing Minister Rob Hulls, will hold the “honour” of being GRV’s shortest serving Chairman.

It is understood that Caley tendered his resignation today and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine received and accepted the resignation effective immediately.
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Symmetry Lines Up May 2011 Run Of The Month

AGRA’s Run of the Month for May 2011 has been awarded to the versatile sprinter-stayer Symmetry.

He won the award for his extraordinary performance when he came from last to win a heat of the Dawson on May 19th.

The powerful Robert Britton trained sprinter, come stayer and middle distance performer put up an amazing performance to qualify for the Group 3 final. Beginning average as he sometimes can, Symmetry was back last at the post the first time.
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Eggciting Times Ahead As Easter Egg Heats Begin – 2011 Golden Easter Egg Preview

It’s that time of year when the best of the best flock to Wentworth Park in hope of claiming the Group One Golden Easter Egg along with a record breaking $250,000 first prize.

Despite a few big names missing due to injury and retirement that hasn’t stopped a mouth watering night of racing this Saturday with ten outstanding heats to be conducted with first and second placegetters guaranteed a starting spot in next week’s semi finals along with the fastest four dogs that finish in third position.

As always, the all important factor in greyhound racing is the box draw. This concept is once again illustrated in heat one with Manuel Bale (quoted at $3.60 at Centrebet) trained by Victorian award winner Andrea Dailly, the current favourite after drawing the coveted box one. Last Saturday after beginning moderately, he quickly mustered speed to finish a gallant second to More Space in a classy free for all in 30.12.
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Hutmaker Set For Take Off On Launching Pad

Robert Britton’s Hutmaker looks ready to make an impact in the $25,000 to-the-winner Group 3 Launching Pad final next Thursday night. Starting $2.10 favourite in the second heat, the son of Premier Fantasy began well and used his pace to set up a winning break over Queenslander Withcott Warrior.

After contesting the Australian Cup series last month, Hutmaker looks right at home in top company and appreciated the drop to restricted win class. It has been reported that Britton plans to tackle the Irish Derby later this year, and with Hutmaker bringing up his sixth win from ten starts at only 21 months of age, he looks an ideal candidate to make the journey.

Graeme Bate had a great night too however, with three of his runners saluting. After favourite In Hiding found early bother in the opening heat, Aleta Allen was able begin well and to skip away for its fifth lifetime win in 29.74 with 6.25 lengths to spare. Her Sandown Park record is becoming ever-more imposing with 3 wins and 2 seconds from seven looks at the Lightwood Road venue.
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Bate On Launching Pad

Graeme Bate will launch a two pronged attack on next week’s $36,000 Group 2 Launching Pad final after Allen Lawson and Martili Bale won their heats at Sandown Park tonight.

With the country’s best up and coming greyhounds converging on the Lightwood Road circuit, the master Lara mentor left it to the final two heats to make his mark on the series. Martili Bale (winning in 29.55 seconds) and Allen Lawson (29.66 seconds) each recorded impressive victories to give the Hall Of Fame trainer an excellent chance to claim one of the few Group titles to elude him in his illustrious career.

All eight heat winners recorded times within four lengths of each other, but it was Glenn Rounds’ exciting youngster Mini Emily who set the time standard when she won her heat in 29.51 seconds.
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Tassie Dogs Dominate the 2011 Devonport Cup Heats

Tasmanian owned and prepared greyhounds dominated proceedings at the Devonport Raceway on Tuesday afternoon, with Banger Harvey the only interstate chaser to qualify for a start in next week’s $25,000 Dowling McCarthy Hankook Tyres Devonport Cup.

Leith trainer Gary Johnson did best of the local trainers by winning heats with Classic Citi and Mushy Peas, to give him a double chance of winning the rich prize for the first time.

“I have qualified one greyhound for my hometown cup previously, but never two. I am rapt and naturally hoping that I can win it for the first time,” he said yesterday.
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So Seductive Simply Stunning In Sandown’s Sir John Dillon Memorial Heats

Rising staying star So Seductive set a new time standard for Sandown Park’s famous 715m journey, running a stunning 41.70 in her heat of the Group 2 Sir John Dillon Memorial tonight.

Beginning like a shot from box 5, So Seductive ($2 favourite) was never threatened as she smashed Total Denial’s March 2002 time of 41.80.

“She’s really got her confidence up at the moment,” said Jackie Greenough, who handled the greyhound for trainer and husband Kelvyn.
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Laurels Classic Winner Awarded June Greyhound Of The Month

AGRA’s Greyhound of the Month for June 2010 is young Victoria sprinter C’est La Vie. In June the talented Red Fawn youngster won three from three making a clean sweep of the Group 1 Hawkins Media Laurels.

Beautifully prepared by leading Victorian mentor Robert Britton she has always shown a liking for the Lightwood Road circuit at Sandown from six starts she has four wins and two placings. Her Laurels campaign commenced on June 13 with an all the way win, clocking 29.91 to down the talented Galaxy High.

In her semi final on June 17 she again led all the way to beat Geisha Bale in 30.12 like in the heat her early section set the race up with a fast 5.15 she had recorded 5.14 on the Sunday.
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C’est La Vie Captures The Group 1 Laurels Classic

The Robert Britton trained C’est La Vie ($9.70) made it a one act affair against a quality field of young female chasers in the final of the Group 1 Hawkins Media Laurels Classic final at Sandown Park on Thursday night.

After showing her customary early speed from the white box, C’est La Vie led the Laurels field a merry dance on her way to a memorable Laurels victory.

It always promised to be an intriguing final after the box-draw, with the fancied runners all being drawn together in boxes two through to six, and while C’est La Vie was grabbing the early advantage her most prominent rivals bumped and jostled for position as they passed the post the first time around.
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Nellie Noodles Swoops Home In BGRC Cup

“Adpoted” Queenslander Nellie Noodles ($1.90) came from last with a lap to go to win the Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup (710m) on Thursday night.

Bred and raced by former Queenslander Helen Ivers and trained in Victoria by Robbie Britton, Nellie Noodles got up to win by a length in 41.84.

She downed local star Dashing Corsair ($2.30) with a half length to Blue Lorian ($31.00) in third.
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South Australian Storms Into Sandown Cup Final

Satanic Cash scored a scintillating last-to-first victory to secure a berth in Australia’s richest race for stayers, the $143,000 Group1 Radio Sport 927 Sandown Cup at Sandown Park tonight.

A clear last after walking out of box 6, Satanic Cash tacked onto the pack chasing early leader Nelly Bale down the back straight before sweeping around the field to defeat favourite Reign Over Me by 1.25 lengths in 42.10.

Satanic Cash ran an eye catching second in the recent Group 3 Macro Meats Lizrene Classic, and the exciting South Australian will once again need to overcome box 6 if he is to break his Group race maiden.
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National Champion Reaches 21st Group Race Final In Lizrene Classic

Reigning National Distance Champion Jarvis Bale scored a thrilling victory in his heat of the $29,000 Group 3 Lizrene Classic at Sandown Park tonight, railing strongly to defeat Reign Over Me in the final stride.

Reign Over Me ($6.50), a recent addition to the powerful Darren McDonald kennel, began well to assume the early lead and establish a commanding break over the field.

However Jarvis Bale ($3.60) was untroubled as he picked his way through the field, setting off in pursuit of the leader coming off the back straight and finding the line a nose the better of Reign Over Me in 42.33.
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Golden Easter Egg Final Set To Rewrite History

The history books have been dusted off in preparation for the Group One Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg final at Sydney’s Wentworth Park next Saturday night.

No matter which way you look, plot lines abound ahead of the richest ever race in Australian greyhound history worth $250,000 to the winner.

Master Victorian trainer Darren McDonald and Queensland mentor Tony Brett both have the chance to be the first to prepare multiple Golden Easter Egg winners in more than 20 years of the event.
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Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Semi Finals Saturday 27th March 2010

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Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Heats Saturday 20th March 2010

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2010 Australian Cup Detailed Form And Tips

Saturday nights 2010 Group 1 Australian Cup has been thrown wide open by the box draw with at least half the field all likely to be within a length of each other in the run to the first corner.

Birthday Boy’s emphatic semi final win should have held him in good stead for this week’s $150,000 to the winner final, but a box 8 draw has seen him posted only a $6 quote at Sportsbet on the fifth line of betting.

Dyna Lachlan, who has drawn the same box which he won the 2009 Group 2 Ballarat Cup from, has been posted the $3.5 favourite, just ahead of Queensland speedster High Earner who is a $4.25 quote at Sportsbet.
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Prankster Named AGRA December 2009 Greyhound Of The Month

AGRA’s Greyhound of the Month for December 2009 is West Australian owned and Victorian trained sprinter Prankster.

The brilliant Robert Britton trained black dog capped off a great finish to his year winning the Group 1 Hobart 1000 after finishing unplaced in the final of the Melbourne Cup in November.

Prankster carried that solid form into his heat of the 1000 and looked impressive with a commanding win first up on the Hobart track recording 26.34 on December 10th.
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Next Top Model Contests West End Distance Championships

At closing time Thursday morning, GRSA received 25 nominations for the 2010 West End Draught Distance Championship.

This means that there will be three heats of the Group Three event at Angle Park next Thursday 31st December 2009.

The $27,000 Final will be run the following week on Thursday 7th January, with the winner’s purse of $18,800.
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