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 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 .
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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.
Continue reading Prankster Named AGRA December 2009 Greyhound Of The Month
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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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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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.
Continue reading Amity Bale, Tough and Smart, Wins 2009 Pages Hire Summer Cup Final
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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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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The son of triple-crown winner Bombastic Shiraz, Prankster ($3.50) began well from box seven and was never threatened, defeating a quality field by seven lengths.
The win was the tenth of his 20 start career, and improved his Sandown Park record to five wins from just eight starts at the Lightwood Road venue.
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Mantra Lad earned the right to defend his title but it was Graeme Bate who left the biggest impression on the Victorian heats of the Group 1 Schweppes National Distance Championship at Sandown Park tonight.
A last-start winner of the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship at The Meadows, Amity Bale ($1.30F) showed characteristic early speed from the boxes to lead clearly and was never threatened, racing to an 8.5 length win the first heat in a slick 41.99.
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The 2009 Group 1 Laurels is just a day away now, with the big final to be run and won tomorrow night. The classic final for the female youngsters race will see the winner walk away with $50,000 first prizemony, and despite some injury concerns, four time group race finalist Nova Surf is a hot favourite to win.
The Laurels was first held at Sandown Park in 1964 when Tara Princess took out the inaugural running. Prizemoney for the now Group 1 race has steadily increased from $3,000 back in 1970 to $10,000 in 1977, before dropping away for the best part of twenty years. In 1990 prizemeoney again returned to $10,000 and with the advent of the group racing calendar in Australia has taken leaps and bounds forward to its current level of $50,000 to the winner.
It is a very much sought after Group 1 event, especially by breeders as with the Laurels title comes significant value as a potential brood bitch. Many of the Laurels finalists have bred on to become house hold names after producing some of the superstars of the sport.
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The scratchings of Group 1 Albion Park Gold Cup winner Queen Lauryn and 2008 Group 1 Sandown Cup winner Chinatown Lad ensured Graeme Bateâ€™s charge started a $1.40 favourite.
Beginning only fairly from box 7, Amity Bale found the rail behind early leader Which Wabbit before weaving through the field and racing away to a comprehensive 5.25 length win.
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Rated the kennelâ€™s fastest early dog by trainer Darren McDonald, Nova Surf ($1.40F) shanghaied from box 7 to cross to the rail and lead through the first turn.
From there, the former New South Wales sprinter was never challenged, racing to a 4.5 length win over the fast finishing Boozeroo ($5.20) in a slick 29.74.
Continue reading Nova Surf Bolts In To The Laurels Final & Favouritism
Upsets and form reversals abounded last Saturday night in the heats of Australia’s second richest staying event on the calendar, the Group 1 Sky Channel Galaxy, but a good box draw has seen Vinatge Octane a short favourite to win the final.
Won last year by super stayer and 2008 WA Greyhound Of The Year Elektra, in a fabulous last to first effort (you can re-live that sensational run here – 2008 Galaxy Final); and featuring in that final last year also is one of this year’s finalist’s Tayza.
Tayza (Stately Bird-Crazy Habit) led throughout to win the first heat of the Sky Channel Galaxy defeating Octanol by 1 Â˝ lengths in 41.78.
Continue reading Vintage Octane Gets His Box And Galaxy Favouritism
Superstar sprinter El Galo is set to start one of the shortest priced favourites in Australian Cup history when he takes his place in box seven in next Saturdayâ€źs nights $150,000 to the winner MTD Australian Cup final at the Meadows.
Fresh from two Group 1 wins in the Adelaide Cup and the Temlee at the Meadows on February 12th the star of Australian seems to have the race he was narrowly beaten in last year at his mercy. An almost clinical type performance in last weekâ€źs heat were he returned the fastest time of the night 29.75 should see the champion start as short as $1.50 or shorter.
Continue reading El Galo A Short Favourite To Take The Australian Cup & The Record
Deputy Premier and Minister for Racing Rob Hulls said Victoriaâ€™s industry had experienced an exceptional year, continuing to build on solid foundations laid by Victoria (GRV) over the past 11 years.
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A model of consistency throughout 2008 she has started the year in career best form winning five races on end including two group features. She won the Group 3 West End Distance Title at Angle Park and for the second year in succession the Group 2 Maidment Memorial at Sandown Park.
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