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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AGRAâ€™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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Itâ€™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 hasnâ€™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 weekâ€™s semi finals along with the fastest four dogs that finish in third position.
As always, the all important factor in
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Robert Brittonâ€™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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Graeme Bate will launch a two pronged attack on next weekâ€™s $36,000 Group 2 Launching Pad final after Allen Lawson and Martili Bale won their heats at Sandown Park tonight.
With the countryâ€™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 Roundsâ€™ exciting youngster Mini Emily who set the time standard when she won her heat in 29.51 seconds.
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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.
â€śI 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,â€ť he said yesterday.
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Rising staying star So Seductive set a new time standard for Sandown Parkâ€™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 Denialâ€™s March 2002 time of 41.80.
â€śSheâ€™s really got her confidence up at the moment,â€ť said Jackie Greenough, who handled the greyhound for trainer and husband Kelvyn.
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AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for June 2010 is young Victoria sprinter Câ€™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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The Robert Britton trained Câ€™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, Câ€™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 Câ€™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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â€śAdpotedâ€ť 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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Satanic Cash scored a scintillating last-to-first victory to secure a berth in Australiaâ€™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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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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The history books have been dusted off in preparation for the Group One Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg final at Sydneyâ€™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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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 aton 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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AGRAâ€™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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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 winnerâ€™s purse of $18,800.
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Robert Britton has ended 2009 on a high after training Prankster to an all the way victory in the Group 1 Wrest Point Hobart Thousand last night. Starting a $5.20 third elect, Prankster made the most of the cherry draw and was able to run his opponents off their legs in a smart 26.05 for the 461m.
After Remo Rubik ($7.70) burst out of the traps, Prankster was able to boot up on the rails and hold the lead shortly after the start. Remo Rubik kept the pressure on heading towards the top turn, with NSW representatives Hurricane Luke ($12.30) and Disintergrate ($7.80) right there with them.
Race favourite, Silent Guardian ($3.00), was last out of the boxes, but came with a rush around the corner, and looked to be putting himself right in the race at the midway stage. But there wasnâ€™t enough room and interference was the result, with Remo Rubik, Silent Guardian and Disintergrate all losing ground.
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It may be the hottest time on the Hobart racing calendar, but someone forgot to tell Mother Nature, as all seven heats of the Group 1 Hobart Thousand were staged on a very wet and rainy night last Thursday.
More rain is predicted for this week, but that wonâ€™t stop these eight quality greyhounds, putting on a spectacular show of racing.
The $75,000 to-the-winner final, sees some of the leading trainers from around the country all doing battle to take home the final Group 1 prize of the decade.
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The Group 1 2009 Melbourne Cup was been thrown wide open after the box draw was conducted last night at the traditional Melbourne Cup ball.
Impressive winner, Take The Kitty has drawn the rails and has been installed equal favourite for popular New South Wales greyhound trainer Kenny Cheetham.
Fastest heat winner Mr Moorooduc, who had a very confortable draw in the heats is now drawn very awkwardly in box three with speedy Prankster boxed inside and multiple group winner Remo Rubik drawn in the four box.
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Mr. Moorooduc ran the second fastest Solo Melbourne Cup heat time in the raceâ€™s 54 year history in a scintillating night of racing at Sandown Park tonight.
Beginning well from box 2, Mr. Moorooduc ($3.90) was never threatened, racing away to defeat fast finishing favourite Birthday Boy ($3.70F) by five lengths in a stunning 29.57 seconds.
Joining the white and brindle speedster in the $250,000 final is dual country cup winner Remo Rubik.
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Amity Bale had box 5 and some quality opposition but it was still surprising to see some even money bet early against her name in last Saturdayâ€™s $25,000 Group 2 Pages Hire Summer Cup final over 720 metres at Wentworth Park. Amity Bale, in the hands of leading Victorian trainer Graeme Bate for Australiaâ€™s leading owner and breeder Paul Wheeler, started officially at 8/11.
The promising young NSW stayer Forty Twenty went out second elect at 11/4 and Forty Twentyâ€™s trainer John Heard said his greyhound deserved this quote. â€śI was very confident of winning if luck went his way but it didnâ€™t and we had to settle for second,â€ť Heard explained. â€śForty Twenty is such a big strider and he needs room. He got too far back and had a checkered passage,â€ť Heard added.
Heard said itâ€™s important to give stayers a chance get over a run so he has not considered the 715 metres Group 2 Bold Trease Carnival Cup at Sandown on Thursday next, instead preferring to tackle an ordinary race at Richmond or Wentworth Park in the coming week in preparation for the $20,000 Group 3 Best 8 Invitation Newcastle Cup over 715 metres at The Gardens on December 2.
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Leading Victorian trainers Graeme Bate and Robert Britton have the top fancies for Saturday’s $25,000 to the winner final. Bate won the two heats last Saturday with Amity Bale and Whitfield Bale.
Amity Bale has earned the mantle as the nation’s top stayer and as a short priced favourite won her heat as expected in a very slick 42.12 chasing down the early leader Salvatore which stared 6-1 behind the 2/5 favourite. The others were no match for Bate’s champion stayer. â€śShe simply breaks their hearts, â€śBate said.
Bate was pleased with Whitfield Bale’s win (he started at 12/1), but said they were in a different class, â€śno Amity Bale in that race, she simply breaks their hearts,â€ť were his comments.
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Cindeen Shelby created history as she stamped herself as Australiaâ€™s premier sprinter with a devastating win in the $72,500 Group 1 Macro Meats Crown Classic at Sandown Park tonight.
Having secured the Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park in Sydney followed by the Sky Racing Topgun at the Meadows a week later, Cindeen Shelby clinched her third consecutive Group 1 title inside four weeks with an all-the-way in Australiaâ€™s premier race for female greyhounds.
â€śI still canâ€™t believe it,â€ť said handler Jackie Greenough.
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The Victorians have the numbers in tomorrowâ€™s $25,000 Group 2 Pages Hire Sydney Cup over the 720 metres at Wentworth Park with six of the eight finalists, but NSW trainers Michael Cope (Reign Over Me) and Chris Oâ€™Brien (Tifi) are ready to defy the odds and fly the flag high for the home State.
Leading Victorian trainers Graeme Bate and Robert Britton have six between them with Bateâ€™s Amity Bale a clear favourite ahead of Reign Over Me a clear second favourite. Jarvis Bale (Bate) and Tifi are on the next line, then Melandri (Britton).
Reign Over Me pulled up very well after his heat win. Cope said â€śit was only his fourth start over the 720 and he surprised me how well he pulled up.
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