Down To Five For The S.A GOTY

GRSA’s selection panel for the Greyhound of the Year has determined the five nominations for the prestigious title.

The Gala Awards Dinner will be held on February 22, where the S.A Bred, Sprinting and Staying awards will be announced as well as the overall South Australian Greyhound of The Year.

The panel will now conduct voting between the following five greyhounds for the 2013 title:

ERNIE BUNG ARROW

Breeding: Lochinvar Marlow – Slippers’ Tonic

Trainer: Ken Gill

Owner: Helen Deacon

2013 Record: 18 starts 16-1-0  $146,620

Greyhound of the Month – July, September, October & December

Won – Heat, Semi & Final Champion Puppy

Heat & Final Schweppes SA Derby (G3)

Heat & Final Triple M Adelaide Cup (G1)

Heat, Semi & Final Brian Johnstone (G3)

The obvious candidate, Ernie Bung Arrow burst on to the scene in the second half of the year. Rising from the age-restricted races, Ernie Bung Arrow quickly garnered national attention via his explosive early speed and lightening sectional times.

Giving his rivals a head start in age, class and experience, he became the first dog in eight years to keep the Adelaide Cup trophy on home soil, before taking his place in the Invitation-only Topgun as a result. Having started 2014 in brilliant fashion with a fourth Group victory, Ernie Bung Arrow will be front of mind for panelists when the voting takes place.

FIRE TYSON

Breeding: Emerley Carlos – Avid Willow

Owner/Trainer: Tony Lagana

2013 Record: 42 Starts.17-7-8 $71,650

Greyhound of the Month – January & February

Won –   Final SA Sprint Championship (G3 – third in heat)

Heat SA St Leger (third in semi & third in final)

Heat & Final Breeders 2013 Prelude (2)

Heat & Semi Howard Ashton (G3 – third in final)

Heat Gawler Breeders 2013 (second in final)

Consolation Gawler Gold Cup (G3 – third in heat)

Staking the claim of ‘Mr Consistency’, Fire Tyson did all of his racing at the top level in 2013. His tendency to use the middle of the track has meant he has been able to overcome poor draws on several occasions. His tenacious nature and rare ability culminated with a final berth in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup.

KALDEN KURAGEOUS

Breeding: Collision – Abbadale Affair

Trainer: Troy Murray

Owner: Saliba Di Manno (Syn)

2013 Record:  34 Starts. 12-5-10 $40,590

Won – Heat West End Anniversary Cup (G3 – second in final)

Heat Gawler South Bakery Cup (third in final)

Heat Gawler Gold Cup (G3 – third in final)

Heat Strathalbyn Cup (fifth in final)

Simply brilliant at his best, Kalden Kurageous came across from W.A in late 2012 and started the new year with a bang. With several sub-30 times at Angle Park, Troy Murray’s chaser would go on to win over five different distances at three different tracks in 2013. While he was unable to capture his best form in the middle part of the year, Kalden Kurageous bounced back like a good dog should, ensuring his nomination was well deserved.

TERCEL

Breeding: Falcon – Liza Brown

Owner/Trainer: Karen Bearpark

2013 Record: 51 Starts 20-11-8 $45,355

Won – Heat John Gray (second in final)

Final Shane McQueen (second in heat)

Previously known as a talented sprinter, Tercel changed his strategy in 2013 by stepping up to the 600-metre journey with instant success. Quickly knocking up 12 wins over the middle distance, as well as keeping his form over the sprints, no-one would begrudge Tercel a GOTY nomination. Interestingly, Tercel changed kennels in January 2014, racing under the care of Kim Johnstone in recent weeks.

TOKEN MCLAREN

Breeding: Token Prince – Stevie Mclaren

Owner/Trainer: Don Foster

2013 Record: 40 Starts 17-6-8 $30,150

Won – Heat Breeders Prelude 2013 (1) (second in final)

Heat Howard Ashton (G3 – sixth in semi)

Also sixth in Triple M Adelaide Cup consolation

6 starts over 731m at Angle Park for 5 wins and a second.

2 starts over 600m at Angle Park for 2 wins.

While the overall numbers don’t look impressive, anyone that saw Token Mclaren’s runs over 600 and upwards in 2013 will understand his nomination. Uncovered as the state’s next staying star, Token Mclaren had seven wins with a margin of over 10 lengths, including a 17-length demolition job over Angle Park’s 731-metre trip in November. His times over all three distances were red hot, and are comparable with some of the great stayers in recent years. Expect 2014 to be even better for this highly talented chaser.

Tonk Sizzles Around Horsham In An Electric 26.88

In a training career exceeding a decade, no dog has come close in quality to current kennel star Tonk for St Albans based trainer Charlie Mercieca.

“I’ve had Casey Jones win a few in city, both at Sandown and The Meadows, and she was lucky enough to win a couple of the 2k added Go Distance Racing events. I’ve currently got an unraced dog that goes ok, although he seems like more of a short courser at this stage and I’ve also got Devil’s Own coming back shortly. We only have three dogs in the kennel, so to have Tonk as part of the team is really exciting for us.”

After watching the son of Bartrim Bale demolish his rivals in a blistering 26.88 at Horsham, you couldn’t help but wonder what he could have done at the Ballarat Cup,

“I’m not disappointed we went the way that we did. If he hadn’t fallen at The Meadows we would have tackled Ballarat, but our main priority has been about getting the dogs confidence back. We feel that the last few wins have done that, which will really help him for the Silver Chief, which is the main target for the dog at this stage.”

“There was no benefit in getting the dog knocked about and taking two steps backwards. So we will look for another race in the country next, possibly a Grade 5 at Geelong, before going to the Meadows next Saturday night full of confidence.”

“We intend on chasing country cups and group races after the Silver Chief, form and injury permitting. He was very lucky to get through his fall relatively unscathed with only some minor scratches.”

In just sixteen career starts Tonk has won seven races and been placed a further eight times, which posed the question of what has been his best run in his young career, “I actually think his best run was in the SA Derby when he ran second to Ernie Bung Arrow, who is something special. Although his run at Horsham was his best against the clock, there is a big difference between racing in Grade 5’s and coming up against group class dogs”, explained Charlie.

“Because I’ve never had a dog with his ability before, it’s hard to know how far the dog can go. I think he has the attributes to win a feature race, he has early pace and is strong at the end. I’m sure that the dog will run a strong 595 at Sandown and 600 at The Meadows, which will open up more possibilities down the track.”

The exciting part about the last three wins for Tonk is that they have come on one-bend tracks, which adds another dimension to the greyhound’s future, with many lucrative country cups now on offer. “Early doors we definitely thought that he was a better dog around the circle tracks, but his recent form around the horseshoes have been phenomenal. He has run 25.29 at Ballarat prior to this, but the Horsham run was amazing, very few dogs can go that time.”

With the prospects of a group race win down the track, one can’t help but wonder about a possible stud career for the regally bred sprinter, “That would be the ultimate. He has great bloodlines with Bartrim Bale, who has a great strike rate, but is now based in China. His mum Coulta Gold is also a fantastic producer, so there is no doubt he is bred in the purple. But he will have to win a really good race to get noticed.”

Tonk’s 26.88 Horsham Replay


Yogi Blue’s – Outdated Rule Surrounds Ipswich Gold Cup Final

Last Saturday night the Ipswich Greyhound Club hosted six sensational Gold Cup heats for this weekend’s feature Group 3 final. With the 6 first placegetters and 2 fastest seconds progressing to the final, controversy surrounds the event following the suspension of heat winner Honey Bouquet for a first marring offence.

The Stewards report taken from the Greyhound Racing Qld website is reproduced below:

Race 7 – Ipswich Gold Cup Heat 4 520m
Shortly after the start HONEY BOUQUET shifted ground inwards. Approaching the winning post on the 1st occasion ZIPPING HURF was tightened for racing room between CEE EH OH and HONEY BOUQUET. Entering the bottom turn as a result of CLONAKILTY MAN shifting ground outwards CEE EH OH, RUSH OF POWER, HONEY BOUQUET and ZIPPING HURF were hampered in running with ZIPPING HURF losing ground. Approaching the 630m boxes CEE EH OH and ZIPPING HURF were racing tight and bumping losing ground. Racing over the concluding stages HONEY BOUQUET improved on the inside of YOGI BLUE and commenced shifting ground outwards, turned its heads outwards and made muzzle contact with YOGI BLUE on 1 occasion marring the running of YOGI BLUE.

Stewards spoke to the trainer of HONEY BOUQUET Mr. J Conlon and advised Mr. Conlon that the greyhound HONEY BOUQUET would be charged under Rule 69 (1) (a) Marring, 1st offence, and stood down for a period of 28 days plus a satisfactory stewards’ trial 520m all tracks.

The outdated rule that dogs found guilty of marring not being disqualified needs to change – the cost is too great for those other greyhound in the race being affected. Take last Saturday’s heat. Though it was visible to everyone watching the event live and on the slow motion replays, Honey Bouquet marred. At the conclusion of the race her trainer was informed that she had been stood down and suspended. She would not take her place in the final. Despite this – and because of this outdated rule – she still wins the race. Then because it is a heat race she is drawn for the Group 3 final. She is immediately scratched from box 3 and the first reserve takes her place in the final. This racing rule lacks common sense.

Where is the compensation for those greyhounds directly affected by Honey Bouquet’s performance? Those who were competing in the same race? Admittedly Honey Bouquet should have won her race easily. It was an enormous run and great performance, she made wonderful ground to peg back the leaders to win by the narrowest of margins.

Should Yogi Blue who finished second to Honey Bouquet been afforded the win and the place in the final? Why do stewards conduct a box draw on track with a greyhound that they have just suspended? When will the rules change to disqualify greyhounds from their race performances where they have been found guilty of marring and other like offences?

The victim in this instance is clearly Yogi Blue. While he didn’t perform to his best in last weekend’s heat race he does have an exceptional record at Ipswich including a super-fast 30.28PB here. That time is the second fastest of all the finalists. Only Surfin’ Kawati has run quicker – 30.19 PB set in his heat win which is the 4th fastest of all time at the track and trip. Changes need to be made. At his best Yogi Blue would be considered a strong chance – his race and chance will never be run.

Coincidentally, Yogi Blue was suspended in September 2013 for the SA Derby Final when second in his heat behind up and coming SA superdog Ernie Bung Arrow. The reason – Failing to Pursue due to injury. He was never drawn for the final after stewards made the decision to hold the draw over until the following morning. Perhaps a similar decision could have been made here with Honey Bouquet.

Nevertheless the race will go on and Saturday night will see the 2013 Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup Champion crowned. The winner will join the list of past winners including: 1987 winner and great New Tears, 1989 winner Acacia Ablaze for trainer Brian McEvoy, 2003 winner Freedom Bale for an up and coming trainer Tom Tzouvelis and 2011 winner Cold Fusion who saluted in a race record 30.34 for trainer Neil Falls.

The finalists in box draw order:

Box 1 – Semi Earner (High Earner – Seminole)

Ex Victorian Semi Earner draws the cherry box for the group final after finishing a close second behind Swap in last weekend’s heat. Trained by Selena Zammit out of her Willow Vale base, the daughter of ill-fated sire High Earner has had a wonderful career registering 10 wins. Better known for racing over the middle distance events, the Ipswich 520m is a tough 520m and with her strength she will be running on strongly. Yet to win here she looks a place chance.

Box 2 – Swap (Collision – Velocity Miss)

Heat winner in a solid 30.54 PB winning by a length despite starting at big odds of $24.00 and being awkwardly drawn in box 4. Trained by Glen Smith he has an outstanding track and distance record with 13 starts resulting in 5 wins and 4 placing’s. Raced by the Velocity Lodge Partnership he is a live each way chance after coming up with a favourable box draw in box 2. Three wins in succession indicates his ability and he is racing in peak form. Quick early and runs a nice race here where his running and racing style perfectly suits the showgrounds circuit.

Box 3 – Honey Bouquet (Bit Chili – Honey Mist)

Scratched

Box 4 – Captain Clarrie (Elite And Classy – Where Are You)

The Peter Reutschi trained chaser produced a 30.63PB in his heat win last week when jumping well from box 8 in his all the way win. The 520m looks as far as he wants to go and he was paddling to the line when just hanging on. Draws box 4 in the final. The winner of 14 races with 9 placings from 37 career starts, the small 30 kilogram black dog has been another honest chaser throughout his race career winning $32,000 in prizemoney. Consistent and not without a chance.

Box 5 – Surfin’ Kawati (Surf Lorian – Tarzane’s Girl)

The Lois Neal owned and trained Surfin’ Kawati made it win 3 wins in succession when destroying his heat in a best of night 30.19 PB by 7 lengths after leading throughout. Fast early it was a dominant display from the boxes to the catching pen for the son of Surf Lorian. Racing in career best form it followed from his two previous sub 30 sec BON performances at Albion Park. Peaking at the right time and in career best form he looks to be the dog to beat, despite drawing box 5. The jump will decide his chances in the final and followers will hope he has luck early and from there all eyes will be on the clock for times and margins. Deserves a win like this.

Box 6 – Not Held (Mogambo – Velocity Held)

The Shane Ellis trained chaser finished a close 2nd in his heat when losing by the narrowest of margins to Captain Clarrie who he just failed to run down in the straight. In a race full of interference it was a good performance for the consistent chaser who lines up in Box 6 for the final. It is the second finalist for the Velocity Lodge Partnership. 26 career starts for 10 wins and 7 placing’s and close to $20,000 in prizemoney. A bread and butter chaser who may need luck from this draw – each way.

Box 7 – Spirited Flame (Vapour Whirl – Fire Goddess)

Despite winning his heat in the slowest time, it was a great performance by Box 7 finalist Spirited Flame who copped a number of bumps and checks throughout – overpowering them to the line in a blanket finish. The white and black bitch looked a little lost throughout the race and it was no surprise as she hadn’t been to Ipswich for a long time. The winner of $80,000 in prizemoney, she has a wonderful career record of 21 wins from 51 starts. Owner and trained by Christopher Riordon – she can win this despite her poor box speed.

Box 8 – Regal Lauryn (Surf Lorian – Queen Lauryn)

Brilliant heat winner in a fast 30.28PB after leading throughout from box 6. The recent Lismore Cup winner is looking to go back to back cups after drawing ideally in Box 8 for the final. She is beautifully bred being by Surf Lorian – Queen Lauryn – the dam being the Queensland great and holding the Ipswich Track Record at a supersonic 30.01. The winner of 8 from 10 here, and 16 from 33 overall she has already accumulated $85,000 in prizemoney throughout her short race career. In the hands of leading mentor Tony Brett she looks a strong winning chance despite her tendency to use all of the track.

Reserves

Box 9 (Box 3) – White Hornet (Cosmic Rumble – Skinny Magic)

Park Ridge trainer Ray Burman’s luck continues in 2013 with his young chaser White Hornet being afforded the advantage of Honey Bouquet’s suspension. Drawn as the reserve White Hornet will start in box 3 for the final – the same box he competed from in his heat when second behind fastest heat winner Surfin’ Kawati. Just 2 years of age White Hornet has recorded 11 wins from just 22 career starts, including 6 starts here for 3 wins and 3 seconds. Second successive group 3 final after recently finishing second at Albion Park in the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup final behind brilliant speed bitch Punch One Out. Each Way chance.

Box 10 – Thunder Rocks (Surf Lorian – Kaycee Diva)

The Stephen Arnold owner and trained chaser had a wonderful heat when a gallant second behind Regal Lauryn. It was a wonderful training performance to have the November 2010 son of Surf Lorian reverse his recent form where he has raced without luck at headquarters, including in his heat of the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup. A career record of 57 starts for 7 wins and 20 placings. Slow early but chasers hard and is an each way chance if he can gain a start in the final.

Selections – 5 – 8 – 9 – 2

The Ipswich Gold Cup Final is race 8 on a full 10 card program this Saturday night at Ipswich. Racing in the later timeslot – the race will be run and won at 10.04pm Qld time. ARG wishes all connections the best of luck for the final.

2013 Group 1 Topgun Preview

This Saturday Night the Meadows plays host to the 21st edition of the invitation-only Group 1 Topgun.  With a wonderful field of sprinters engaged the race features champion greyhounds from 4 different states. Victoria,  South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia – each entrant with their own realistic chance of taking out the first prize and the title of Topgun winner.   This year’s event will also be the final race of champion Queensland greyhound Glen Gallon, who with victory would surpass Miata as Australia’s highest stake winning greyhound.

As Greyhound racing’s most controversial race, arguments have continued around the Topgun format since the first running in 1993 when the race finished in a dead heat between Golden Currency and Worth Backing.  The Topgun creates media attention and is marketing genius. It gets participants talking and butting heads, participants argue for and against and ultimately the result is media attention on a race that many don’t believe should exist, let alone carry the status that it does.  A walk up start, Group 1 status and $150,000 to the winner.  These arguments add to the aurora of the event, the build-up, the spectacle.  It is what the industry needs – fuelling discussions between participants, stakeholders, observers and punters alike.

Adding to the furore to this year’s event is the drawing of champion greyhound Xylia Allen in box 5. Whilst definitely deserving her place in the final field, Greyhound Racing Victoria have done themselves and the integrity of the industry no favours by allowing Hall of Fame trainer Graeme Bate to be listed as her trainer.  Recently disqualified for elevated Testosterone levels Bate is facing nine months on the sidelines if an appeal before VCAT is not successful. GRV have since approved the transfer of Bate’s team to his son in law Peter Hunt. Some would say that in fairness to others in the industry, Bates punishment should have affected his whole team, not just changed the name of the dog’s trainer.

Nevertheless, the aurora of controversy surrounding the Topgun will continue and with a quality field assembled, Australian Racing Greyhound looks into each of the 8 finalists and 2 reserve runner’s chances.

Sky Channel TOPGUN – The Meadows Race 8 – 525meters – 9:52PM Vic Time

Box 1 – Peter Rocket (Where’s Pedro – Belron Blue) – Vic

The Keith Hellmuth-trained Victorian sensation has been a wonderful performer since first gracing the track some 49 starts ago.  With a career record of 20 wins and 19 placing’s, the August 2010 whelp has won in excess of $225,000 in prizemoney. With group wins in the Group 1 Megastar and the Group 2 Horsham Cup he is a multiple group finalist capable of running sub 30 at
the Meadows. With wonderful track form (12 starts – 5 wins and 6 placing’s) he looks well drawn in the cherry with the bonus of a wide runner drawn to his outside. Should have room to move early.

Box 2 – Punch One Out (Knocka Norris – Little Egyptian) – Qld

Owned and Trained by Grant Fennelly, the 27 kilogram speed machine is coming off her first group win when successful at her most recent start- the Group 3 Gold Coast Cup when running a flying 29.75 (BON) at Albion Park.  Often mistaken as being a he, she is a flying machine as evidenced by track records at Wentworth Park and Richmond.  With 44 career starts resulting in 22 wins and 14 placings, the February 2011 whelp has won in excess of $125,000 in prizemoney.  She is a speed machine capable of anything on her day.  Whilst yet to win at the Meadows (1 start – 1 third),, she did trial just .10 seconds outside the track record last week when scorching in a solo trial running 29.55.  Well drawn and with fast beginner to her immediate outside she will have every chance.

Box 3 – Tomac Bale (Dyna Lachlan – Princess Bale) – Vic

The first of three finalists for Australia’s greyhound dynasty The Wheeler Family.  Trained by Victorian Mentor Mark Delbridge, Tomac Bale headlines a kennel who have had an amazing 2013.  Loves the Meadows with 7 wins from 11 starts here including a 29.67 PB. Group 2 winner of the Launching Pad, he is a multiple group finalist and was second at his most recent start, the Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final. 23 starts resulting in 12 wins and 4 placing’s and in excess of $150,000 in prizemoney.  If he begins will take plenty of catching. A speed machine who can be risky (at times) at box rise – followers will know his chances in the first few strides.

Box 4 – Spud Regis (Bombastic Shiraz – Phiona) – Vic

December 2010 whelp who has faced criticism and negative comments about his invitation into this year’s event.  Returning from a brief stud career, his last performance was very impressive winning at this track and trip in BOD 29.83 one month ago. Track specialist with 10 starts resulting in 6 wins and 1 placing. The son of legendary greyhound Bombastic Shiraz, he is himself a 3 time group winner including the 2012 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, Group 3 SA Derby and Group 1 Australian Cup. With 31 careers starts returning 16 wins and 10 placing’s, he has been a superstar on the track winning $450,000 in prizemoney.  In the kennel of leading Victorian Mentor Andrea Dailly, Spud Regis will have plenty of support despite the awkward draw in box 4.  He is a tenacious chaser who is brilliant early – a win would not surprise despite a limited preparation.

Box 5 – Xylia Allen (Turanza Bale – Tayah Bale) – Vic

Champion bitch who has had a wonderful 2013 campaign, including 4 Group wins (3 Group 1’s) – Group 1 National Sprint, Group 1 Sapphire Crown, Group 1 Peter Mosman and Group 2 Launceston Cup.  Tenacious chaser who would run through a brick wall. Can be tardy early but does have excellent race awareness and field sense. 42 Career starts resulting in 17 wins and 16 placing’s including $377,000 in earnings.  Fast PB of 29.63 at this track and distance. Second of the Wheeler runners and is a winning chance.

Box 6 – Glen Gallon (Flying Stanley – Incoherent) – Qld

Queensland Champion and third on the overall all-time prizemoney list with $618,000 in career earnings. Regular group performer in the hands of leading Queensland mentor Tony Brett. The four year old superstar is having his final race start before retiring to stud and is looking for his 4th Group 1 win (Brisbane Cup 2011, Winter Cup 2012 and 2013).  A TOPGUN win would take his prizemoney past the great Miata as the all-time highest.  70 career starts resulting in 37 wins and 15 placing’s. Champion dog sure to be well supported in this despite the terrible draw.

Box 7 – Ernie Bung Arrow (Lochinvar Marlow – Slipper’s Tonic) – SA

Up and coming superstar from South Australia in the hands of popular mentor Ken Gill.  The November 2011 whelp is the baby of the field and has only faced the starter on 14 occasions for 13 wins and 1 second. Last start Group 1 Adelaide Cup winner where he was ultra-impressive in what was his toughest test to date.  The TOPGUN will be his first start at the Meadows and outside of South Australia. Trialled well and is sure to be improved after having his first look. Exceptional from the boxes, he has the ability to lead and is a definite winning chance.

Box 8 – Dyna Nalin (Ashom Bale – Tally Bale) – WA

West Australian speed machine and the third runner owned by the Wheeler dynasty.  In the hands of leading WA trainer Paul Stuart (Miata) who is no stranger to winning big events away from home.  Strong chaser who was victorious in winning the Group 1 Perth Cup in devastating fashion. Well drawn in box 8 as he can be a little tardy at box rise.  Group performer who possesses a powerful motor and can finish over the top of these.  Career earnings in excess of $278,000 from 38 starts for 25 wins and 7 placing’s.  Has raced well at the Meadows with 3 starts resulting in 2 wins and a second including a 29.89 PB. Winning chance.

Reserves

Box 9 – Gold Town (Surf Lorian – Golden Gwen) Vic

Trained by Lara mentor Peter Hunt, Gold Town has been a group performer throughout his 64 start career. Does have wonderful Meadows form with 19 starts resulting in 5 wins and 11 placings.  Was in outstanding racing form prior to last start, when he fell in a heat of the Group 2 Geelong Cup.  Recent form includes fast wins at Wentworth Park (Group 2 Bob Payne winner in 29.59BON) and Geelong (29.81B). Bank balance in excess of $191,000 – he is a strong greyhound capable of surprising if fortunate of gaining a start.

Box 10 – Marcus Joe (Velocette – Mojo Glory) Vic

Out of form recently, including a last start fall in a heat of the Group 2 Geelong Cup series.  The April 2011 whelp is owned and trained by Marcus Hill mentor Barry Maloney.  Has an incredible 29.66 PB at the Meadows and did win the Group 1 Maturity here in July 2013 beating Dyna Nalin.  25 career starts resulting in 7 wins and 10 placing’s he has close to $150,000 in career earnings. Is in a strong winning chance if he can rediscover his earlier career form

Selections – 2, 3, 8 and 1

With the race full of chances and conjecture, this year’s winner will not only be added to the honour role, but will be listed alongside some of Australia’s all-time greats – including: Rapid Journey (1998), No Intent (2001), Bombastic Shiraz (2003) and Meticulous (2007) as well as a host of famous Australian greyhounds of years gone by.

Hall Of Fame Trainer Graeme Bate Disqualified For 9 Months Over Positive Swab

Greyhound Racing Victoria have today advised that Victorian Hall Of Fame greyhound trainer Graeme Bate has been handed an effective nine month disqualification for returning an elevated Testosterone level in one of his greyhounds.

Following advice from Racing Analytical Services Laboratory, the Stewards of Greyhound Racing Victoria conducted an investigation into the results of a pre race urine sample taken from greyhound ‘Gunda Bale’ at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 28 March 2013.

During the investigation, Stewards heard evidence from registered trainer Mr. Graeme Bate, Mr. Joe Briffa (Registered Trainer), Paul Zahra (Racing Analytical Services Laboratory) and Dr. Steven Karamatic (Greyhound Racing Industry Veterinary Officer), Dr. Alastair Smith (Veterinary Surgeon at Sandown Veterinary Clinic) and Mr. Tony Vandenberg (General Manager of Compliance and Governance at the National Association of Testing Authorities, Australia).

After considering the evidence, Stewards charged Mr. Bate with a breach of Greyhounds Australasia Rule 83(2) and (3) in that he did fail to present the greyhound ‘Gunda Bale’ free of any prohibited substance for an event at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 28 March 2013 given that the pre race urine sample taken from the greyhound indicated the presence of the prohibited substance 5β-ANDROSTANE-3α, 17β-DIOL at a mass concentration greater than 10 ng/mL.

Under Rule 47.1 of the Greyhound Racing Victoria Local Rules this constituted a Serious Offence. As a result, on Monday, 14 October 2013 the matter was heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the first instance under Greyhound Local Racing Rule 47.3 and Sections 83C(b) and 83M(1) of the Racing Act.

Mr. Graeme Bate was represented by Mr. Phillip Boulton SC who was instructed by Mr. Vincent Murphy Solicitor.

Mr. Paul Holdenson QC with Mr. Chris Winneke represented the Greyhound Racing Victoria Stewards Panel instructed by Corrs Chambers Westgarth Solicitors.

Mr. Bate pleaded guilty to the charge.

After hearing all the evidence tendered and having regard to GAR83 (6), the RADB determined that Mr. Bate was guilty as charged and disqualified him for 12 months (with 3 months of this disqualification suspended pending no further breach of GAR83 during this period) effective from midnight Wednesday, 23 October 2013.

Acting under GAR83(4), the RADB also disqualified ‘Gunda Bale’ from Event 7 – City of Greater Geelong Mixed 4/5 – at the Geelong Greyhound Racing Club meeting held on Thursday, 28 March 2013 and amended the placings accordingly.

Graeme Bate spoke with Australian Racing Greyhound in the wake of today’s decision and was “naturally very disappointed and a bit taken aback” by the sentence. But it was the severity of the nine month disqualification which shocked the leading trainer, “I was expecting something, but I was not expecting that” said a despondent Bate.

Bate intends to appeal the decision with the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT). He will be seeking a stay of proceedings from VCAT and GRV Stewards to allow him to continuing training until the VCAT appeal ruling can be decided upon. That VCAT hearing is expected to be heard and finalised within four to six weeks.

In recent years Bate has had what many believe to be a lucky run with positive swabs, having never been disqualified despite return a positive swab to Morphine in 2002, two positive swabs to Procaine in 2009 and 2010, and a positive swab to Diclofenac (an NSAID) in 2011. Those recent positive swabs have cost Bate an SA Derby and a Darwin Cup victory.

Graeme Bate’s Recent Positive Swabs

Ironically, Bate was instrumental in a research project started in 2005 by Greyhounds Australasia (GA), Racing Analytical Services Limited (RASL), the Australian Greyhound Veterinary Association (AGVA), and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) which helped establish the current Testosterone threshold levels in bitches.

Gill’s Arrow Is Shooting Straight For Stardom

With an unusual name and an adorable roman-nose, Ernie Bung Arrow was always going to stand out on the racetrack. On Thursday night, the highly talented youngster emerged on an all new level when he took out the Group 1 Adelaide Cup in front of a bumper crowd at Angle Park.

Trained at Lewiston by Ken Gill, Ernie Bung Arrow has now won 13 of his 14 race starts with his only defeat occurring in August when he ran a close second behind Emerley Zodiak at Angle Park.

The son of Lochinvar Marlow was the favourite heading into the event on Thursday evening, despite being drawn out wide in box eight and facing a sharp rise in class against proven group performers such as Tomac Bale, Ronan Izmir, Peter Rocket and Kokoda Spirit.

However, punters evidently knew a good thing when they saw it.

When the lids flew open for the $75,000-to-the-winner final, Ernie Bung Arrow showed the electrifying early speed that has become a trademark for the black powerhouse, finding the front on the first corner and shooting away.

As the runners turned for home, Ernie Bung Arrow was in no danger as he ran to the line five and a half lengths ahead of the Mark Delbridge-trained Tomac Bale in a scintillating 29.70s. Filling the trifecta was dual group winner Ronan Izmir for Jason Thompson, with fellow Victoria Iona Seven finishing seven lengths behind the winner in fourth.

For Gill, it was the biggest win throughout his 42 year training career. While he had previously trained winners of both the SA Derby and the Gawler Cup, up until last Thursday, the illustrious Group 1 win had eluded him. However, with an ideal draw going into the race, Gill knew he had his best chance of snaring a win at the top level in the SA’s most prestigious event

“I’ve been in a group 3 a couple of times- I’ve won the Derby before and I have won the Gawler Cup before- but a Group 1 is a little bit better”.

“I was reasonably confident without being over-confident going into the race- box eight suits him because he gets a clear run and nothing is going to hit him early”

“He has early pace and it wins 90% of races if they can lead, so I hope he can keep it”.

Remarkably, it was also the second Group victory for Ernie Bung Arrow from just his last three starts. Last month, the ultra-talented youngster claimed the Group 3 SA Derby and the $25,000 winner’s cheque. While he does not turn two until the end of next month, Ernie Bung Arrow has now accumulated a wealthy bank account just shy of the $120,000 mark- not bad for a pup that was purchased for just $800.

Ernie Bung Arrow’s victory in the Adelaide Cup has now earned him an interstate vacation this weekend. The 31.8 kilogram dog will head to Victoria this Saturday night where he will trial at The Meadows. It is anticipated he will be racing at the track in just under a fortnight when the stars of the canine world assemble for the Group 1 Topgun.

“We are hoping (He gets a start in the Topgun). He is booked to fly over there Saturday morning and we are going to trial him Saturday night at The Meadows whether he gets a start in the Topgun or not”.

After the Topgun, Gill is likely to avoid the tempting Melbourne Cup series in favour of a feature race closer to home, before looking at some age-restricted series’ for the dog he proclaims to be ‘the best dog I’ve trained’.

“I don’t know about the Melbourne Cup because he has got one back on over here in Adelaide that he is just about a shoe in for, the Brian Johnstone, and that’s worth 30-odd thousand and is a group 3. He is still only a young dog so I don’t think we will head to the Melbourne Cup. We will try and keep him in his own age as much as we can”.

Whatever series he goes on to target, if Ernie Bung Arrow maintains his brilliant early speed and tenacious chasing attitude, he looks set for a fruitful career ahead on the track.

Time To Go The Tonk

Remarkably, last Thursday’s SA Derby winner Ernie Bung Arrow, ran all over the shop but still managed a PB of 29.55 and the hard-railing Tonk was unable to catch it. Both were assisted by the middle trio – Kiss Me Ketut, Hawk Alone and Allen Makato – striking early trouble and recording slower sectional times than they were capable of. Local dog Kalden Gambino excelled himself by crossing the field from box 7 with a sectional of 4.46 and then running third.

However, punters using the SA formguide started off with a big disadvantage. Half the sectional times were missing.

That formguide, published now by GRNSW, ignored all sectional times run in Victoria and WA. That meant that of the last 40 runs by the eight dog field, only 19 times were included. The home states did record all these times but they failed to make it across into the oddball NSW system.

One outcome was that the GRNSW tipster showed Tonk, the favourite and eventual second placegetter, coming out well behind the rest of the field. That followed its ordinary jump in the heats. However, its career form in Victoria was much better than that so it was reasonable to expect it to improve in the final, having now had experience on the track and moving from box 6 to box 1. And so it turned out. It still did not jump as well as it might but ended up running 4.50, as opposed to the 4.69 it ran in the heat while SA star Ernie Bung Arrow darted out in its usual smart fashion in 4.37. The SA dog now has an extraordinary 13 wins and one 2nd from 14 starts, which is approaching Miata standards. (Our records show one more run/win than published by GRNSW, something I have cross-checked elsewhere).

The GRNSW suggested price of $4.00 for Tonk was therefore well over its true odds. It actually started at $2.50 in NSW, which probably went too far the other way. But that’s what happens on the tote with good dogs in the rails box.

This continues the amateurish approach by GRNSW to form presentation. The frequent shortage of sectional times from provincial tracks and the omission of interstate times can turn good punting into guesswork, even for its own tipsters.

However, it also points up the lack of coordination amongst Australian racing authorities. The absence of national leadership leaves a yawning gap in the industry’s public profile, and also in the way it operates.

It’s now 19 years since I started campaigning for the establishment of a national form database, similar to the stud database run by Greyhounds Australasia. Victoria was of a like mind at the time and put up a formal proposal to GAL (which was then ANZGA). The idea was that not only would it offer a single reliable source for all concerned, including punters, but it would also save heaps of money because authorities would not have to duplicate work already done by clubs and interstate authorities.

The mind boggles at the benefits that would have offered the industry over those 19 years. We are talking millions of dollars here, all thrown down the drain because of petty rivalries and sheer incompetence.

The proposal got knocked on the head by none other than the NSW GRA, the GRNSW predecessor, which said it would be too much trouble for all its clubs because their computers were all running on floppy disks (remember them?). I think they were Commodore models built before the days of hard disks. I was tempted to offer to buy each of them a new computer.

In all that time, we still have not managed to build a credible and accessible national system. Even the current tri-state operation under the GRNSW banner (soon to be five-state) has not been able to develop a reliable output, nor one which people can use in a friendly or efficient manner.

It is not rocket science. Currently, National Tabform, a Melbourne-based family organisation, manages to do a thorough nationwide job, including a supply of all the information missing from the GRNSW model, and some more besides. You have to pay a monthly subscription but the service is there. Otherwise, Victorian and WA authorities provide very respectable free formguides for their local meetings, albeit usually missing many of those elusive interstate sectional times. Tasmanian and Queensland local guides prepared by their authorities are third rate by comparison but have now been superseded by the GRNSW version, or soon will be.

Let’s hope it will not be another 19 years before we get professionally produced greyhound form.

Meantime, we can record that last Friday that sectional offender Casino, or GRNSW, or both, re-started their previous practice of publishing sectional times for 411m events. We still have to guess what dog ran them but the times are there. May others follow! And may they then eventually start providing them for all runners, not just the leader, as occurs in Victoria.

TRACK QUERIES PERSIST

Our updated survey of falls and interference shows some tracks are still not doing well while some others have worsened.

Nationally, 5.3% of races involve a fall. Trips which are at the nasty end – say 9% to 12% – include Ballarat 390m, Bathurst 307m, 450m, 520m, Casino 411m, 484m, Cranbourne 311m, Horsham 410m, Nowra 520m, Sandown 515m, Shepparton 390m, Traralgon 298m, Warrnambool 390m and Warragul 400m. Note the heavy presence of short trips with starts which are close to the nearby bend. Six of these are newly constructed tracks which suggests authorities are not paying enough attention to the “unintended consequences” of their work.

Some longer trips are also posing hassles. The new 650m/660m bracket in Victoria – at Ballarat, Bendigo, Shepparton and Warrnambool, as well as Richmond 618m and Casino 620m in NSW – all reveal very high proportions (over 60%) of races where 20+ lengths margins are recorded. These are all awkward bend starts where the field is quickly chopped in half as they round the first corner. The national average is 28.3%.

Richmond 535m is also poor in this respect but that is undoubtedly due to runners failing to hold the flat first turn and then causing disruptions to others. The same could be said of Dapto 515m. Both tracks have been re-built at least once yet the old faults were repeated.

On the plus side, Hobart, Devonport, Mandurah and Northam continue to perform well. So does the re-built Healesville straight track, with a new lure and a loam surface. It replaced an aging grass track where runners regularly crashed over from the outside. Somebody found the secret there.

Those better results give the lie to claims that dogs themselves cause all the problems. Well, some may do, but most of the hassles are due to how man laid out the tracks.

Anyone interested in the details of our Interference Survey is welcome to click here to see it: Greyhound Track Statistics

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

Sad to see that GWA CEO David Simonette has retired due to ill health and a search is on for a replacement. David was always helpful and communicative. Best of luck to him for the future.

Meantime, work is under way on detailed planning for a new Cannington track, due to open in 2015. It will need some government financing which maybe a problem as, like in Queensland. the Premier is currently busy telling the world the once flourishing state is now short of money.

Ernie Bung Arrow Keeps The SA Derby At Home

In a race where local victories have been few and far between, Ernie Bung Arrow for Ken Gill has overcome recent history and a more seasoned group of rivals to win the Group 3 S.A Derby at Angle Park last Thursday night.

After a lead-all-the-way heat win over Yogi Blue, Ernie Bung Arrow would start the final as a $3.70 elect, with Tonk ($2.60) from the Charles Mercieca kennel getting the most support from punters with the rails draw expected to be a big advantage.

Kiss Me Ketut ($4.60) would be wearing blue for the Derby final, alongside his nemesis from last week, Hawk Alone ($6.00) who would need luck from five and also drawn poorly was Mark Delbridge’s Allen Makoto ($6.00) in box six.

Troy Murray was represented by Kalden Gambino ($13.00) while Andrea Dailly would be hoping for a boilover with Osbourne Bale ($31.00) drawn off the track. Rounding out the field was surprise finalist Senni Tony who again would start big odds at around $21.00.

With much anticipation, the lure started to run on the main event for Thursday night, and while Ernie Bung Arrow was the first to show, it was his running line that put a quick end to half the challengers in the race. Moving swiftly towards the outside rail, Ernie Bung Arrow immediately checked Senni Tony, who in turn crunched Kiss Me Ketut, Hawk Alone and Allen Makoto. Tonk was the first to benefit from all this activity, obtaining a lovely run along the fence, but despite the collisions, Ernie Bung Arrow would show the way out of the straight with lightning first split of 4.37.

The other local chaser, Kalden Gambino was able to cross most of the field from box seven, and along with Osbourne Bale were poised and ready to strike down the back.

But the pace was too furious up front, with Ernie Bung Arrow being pursued ferociously by Tonk. Those two drew away to have the race amongst themselves with 150 metres to go and the typical Victoria versus South Australia battle was taking shape.

Entering the home straight, Ernie Bung Arrow again ran up the track, leaving the door wide open for Tonk to run over the top if possible. But the damage was being done on the clock, with Ernie Bung Arrow holding the lead and setting a new personal best of 29.55. Tonk was more than game in defeat with Kalden Gambino and Hawk Alone finishing several lengths behind the winner.

Owned by Helen Deacon, this son of Lochinvar Marlow and Slipper’s Tonic has been at the Lewiston property of Ken Gill throughout his short racing career. Bringing up a maiden Group victory, Ernie Bung Arrow has now improved his overall record to 11 wins and a second from 12 starts and adds $25,000 to his purse, plus a $3500 breeders’ bonus heading the way of Barry Jones.

With such an electric display, it looks likely that the S.A racing scene will have one of its own heading towards bigger and better things in the coming months.

Both the S.A Oaks and Derby have traditionally been excellent form races for the Adelaide Cup since it moved to the current October position. Indeed last years’ Derby winner Spud Regis would go on to win the State’s only Group 1 event after surviving the now infamous Dailly car and trailer accident.

With an eye on the 2013 Adelaide Cup, the performances of both Tonk and Hawk Alone over the course of this series have been very impressive, along with some of the chasers returning home after the Oaks final last week. None better than Iona Seven who carved up the Sandown track with a slashing 29.18 win last night for astute trainer Robert Britton, who is no stranger to winning races in the Festival State as well.

Tasmanian Hellyeah Bolt also proved that the wraps on him are warranted after he beat up the Free-For-All field, which included Encosta Kahn and Fire Tyson in 29.76 from box one. Previously with Anthony Bullock, the now Paul Hili-trained sprinter has set some amazing times in his home state in recent months, and with several weeks acclimatising to the Angle Park layout under his belt should be at the peak of his powers once the Group 1 heats get underway on October 3rd.

Thursday, 19 September 2013


Greyhound Box Draw For Angle Park – Thursday, 19 September 2013

Race No. 1Port Vincent Ventnor Hotel Stake…7:11 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KOUBEK221429.96Rebecca Mcauley-fry
2ROUSE FLYER1611NBTBarry Shepheard
3BENCHMARK633829.92Petar Jovanovic
4GLAD MAN128529.97Nicole Price
5DYNA DAINA225730.17Shaun Matcott
6DEE DEE CORSAIR462229.84Robyn Mackellar
7WAVE JOCKEY482230.27Karen Bearpark
8IKARI PEDRO454730.10Michael Giniotis
Race No. 2Js Sports Stake Cta Division17:35 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,270 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,590 2nd: $455 3rd: $225.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BOB BALE412430.28Shaun Matcott
2LONG GULLY COURT452530.02Paula Hearnden
3FROM THE TOP322330.12Janice Jones
4DOUBLE BUBBLE713230.33Raymond Barkla
5TYSON WILLOW212329.96Tony Lagana
6DYNA ULTRA431130.62Lisa Rasmussen
7WILD SOUL115230.05Kim Johnstone
8ALLEN HANZ825330.28Tony Rasmussen
Race No. 3Cross Keys Hotel Stake Cta Divis…7:55 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RAUCOUS468830.82Leanne Fagan
2ALLEN QUINCY656730.44Shaun Matcott
3MISS LILY ROSE843530.08Robert Harris
4KALDEN KAPONE115529.88Troy Murray
5BOOK OF SHADOWS534X29.85Petar Jovanovic
6CHLAUS BALE364330.14Shaun Matcott
7WATS FOXY545330.22Michael Giniotis
8LIFE’S COOL243330.14Lisa Rasmussen
Race No. 4Bsg Australia Free For All Cta D…8:14 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,745 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SHEZA TEN615743.56Petar Jovanovic
2DYNA ALINE511343.52Shaun Matcott
3LONG GULLY SURF1132NBTPaula Hearnden
4SUPER PICK224643.76Barry Shepheard
5HUSKY DREAMER422443.62John Gale
6CRIMSON STAR163543.86Robert Harris
7KALDEN MAYHEM181243.22Troy Murray
8YARRAMUNDI STAR147744.28Todd Kelly
Race No. 5Woodside Hotel Stake Cta Divisio…8:38 PM
5 event over 600 metres at Angle park Of $3,240 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,265 2nd: $650 3rd: $325.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1KIHAEL KLOSE755135.48Raymond Barkla
2COSMIC WAY112134.96Zbigniew Wudarczyk
3CAMDALE BUDDY6617NBTPaul Hili
4FINBAR BALE732635.76Steve Meimetis
5VICTA SCOTT276735.71Ronald Schadow
6DANGER SIGN532635.18Terrance Cahalan
7BETSY ALLEN522535.21Lisa Rasmussen
8ALLEN BARDOLF122435.23Shaun Matcott
9ROCK OBSESSION375635.39Desmond Denton
Race No. 6Onkaparinga Meats Adelaide Cup S…8:58 PM
OPEN event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,265 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,985 2nd: $855 3rd: $425.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1PENNY ALLEN411530.33Shaun Matcott
2YOUNG SNOZZ334129.80Petar Jovanovic
3WONDER WHIRL141429.67Michael Giniotis
4ALLEN ILLEM572430.02Tony Rasmussen
5GRAINNE O’MALLEY617129.78Robyn Mackellar
6PANDORA KIST111129.97Peter Hurley
7VICTA BROOKE556429.77Ronald Schadow
8ALLEN DIRK451530.10Shaun Matcott
Race No. 7Para Hills Community Club Free F…9:22 PM
FFA event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $4,265 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,985 2nd: $855 3rd: $425.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HELLYEAH BOLT111330.18Paul Hili
2FAIR CHANGE515129.91Todd Kelly
3CARLOS TYSON621829.86Tony Lagana
4CONTRARIAN166329.70Karen Bearpark
5ENCOSTA KAHN123329.80Kathleen Johnstone
6FIRE TYSON218129.71Tony Lagana
7HELLYEAH MISSILE112430.77Paul Hili
8VICTA SAM724329.86Ronald Schadow
Race No. 82013 Schweppes Sa Derby F Cta Di…9:41 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $34,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $25,000 2nd: $6,000 3rd: $3,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TONK221329.99Charles Mercieca
2ERNIE BUNG ARROW121129.57Kenneth Gill
3SENNI TONY257129.95Colin Swain
4KISS ME KETUT111230.20David Burnett
5HAWK ALONE142129.82Andrea Dailly
6ALLEN MAKOTO516130.06Mark Delbridge
7KALDEN GAMBINO121229.81Troy Murray
8OSBOURNE BALE542230.29Andrea Dailly
9HELLYEAH BOLT111330.18Paul Hili
10ENCOSTA KAHN123329.80Kathleen Johnstone
Race No. 9Sussex Hotel Stake Cta Division310:05 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1CAWBOURNE FLUTE533630.03Raymond Barkla
2DYNA GARTH643830.18Shaun Matcott
3KIKO’S BOY772530.39Leanne Fagan
4MISS MOZOLTOV2247NBTTroy Murray
5NIAMH PREMIER452730.05Robin Harnas
6GISELLE BALE473130.29Tony Rasmussen
7YICHE245731.17John Thorpe
8MARVEL534630.56Lisa Rasmussen
Race No. 10Abh Contracting Stake Cta Divisi…10:24 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOJO JUNIOR856530.86Corey Ormsby
2DYNA ERWIN753430.13Shaun Matcott
3HOLLY KAYE681831.32Leanne Fagan
4JOJA STAN172230.10Zbigniew Wudarczyk
5IZZY ALLEN6854NBTTony Rasmussen
6FIERY MCBAIN537630.19Todd Kelly
7CHEMICAL MAKER2734NBTTroy Murray
8BO BONNIE341330.30Angela Modra
Race No. 11Kloses Supermarkets Stake Cta Di…10:42 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,270 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,590 2nd: $455 3rd: $225.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BO FLIGHT444330.66Shaun Matcott
2SIENNA BALE8763NBTTony Rasmussen
3MURF’S ANGEL484130.08Terrance Cahalan
4HARELESS CHASER224430.29Kathleen Johnstone
5MIMIC MASTER873630.00Steven Coates
6UMIKA BALE237530.35Shaun Matcott
7GALAXY SNOW245430.01Zbigniew Wudarczyk
8POISON841730.40Lisa Rasmussen

Greyhound Betting Tips For Thursday 12th September 2013

Its a huge card of racing tonight, with some cracking heats of the SA Derby at Angle Park; and then later on we see the final of the SA Oaks with the champ Xylia Allen engaged. Dapto has the final of the rich Maiden series and what a super race that will be. There’s also a cracking 600m race at Albion Park with Metz Magic, Starliner and the booming finisher Tweed Bah Day. All in all a huge night of racing with the countrys best engaged.

Albion Park Greyhounds Race 4 Box 3 Cecil Henry 7.41pm

Cecil Henry will be looking to bounce back here after a dissapointing run last start. Generally speaking he flys the lids, and carve out brilliant sectionals. He needs to begin tonight if he is to have any chance of winning this, but with slow beginners all around he should have no trouble bouncing straight to the front. He’s had a little freshen up and he does seem to go better after a let up. There’s not really a great deal of danger here, but boxes 6,7 both have motors but will both need to ping and get up into the leading division from the get go. Dulcie Dee does look to be quite talented and Id be keeping a close eye on her in the future. Cecil Henry should lead and should be to quick for them here hes a great bet and fixed price will be on offer by one of our many sponsors – Iasbet, Sportingbet, Sportsbet and Luxbet.

Angle Park Greyhounds Race 7 Box 4 Tomac Bale 9.22pm

We all know how good Tomac Bale is,and I think tonight is the night we see this fellow shine. He will be perfectly suited to Angle Park and if he begins hes capable of running 29.30. There’s a couple of good young dogs engaged but this fellow should start even
money and at that price he looks tonight best bet. He has a huge motor if he’s able to lead and dictate running on the bunny; this will be an absolute walk in the park. It’s just a shame he hasn’t come up against harder opposition to increase his starting price. Behind Tomac Bale its quite hard to find the placings and it appears as if all runners have an equal chance. Tomac Bale to win and win well.

Dapto Greyhounds Race 9 Box 3 Greek Drama 10.20pm

I’m going to give this fellow one more chance here from the inside box. He’s not a bad animal and I feel once he does win one, he’ll go on to win a couple. He has the speed to bounce out and lead in this, and I think that will make the difference
to his form. His time of 30.72 is only fair but he should be able to get down around the 30.45 mark with a quick beginning and clear running. My only concern is he’s starting to turn into a serial placegetter, and at times has had his chance to win one. The biggest danger looks to be the perfectly boxed Speedy Marlow, and he too should spear the lids and take running down. At around $6.00 Greek Drama looks a great eachway bet.

Hobart Greyhounds Race 3 Box 5 Li Li 7.58pm

Li Li is the sister to champion stayer Bell Haven and looking at her previous few starts, she looks as if she’s ready for the step up to 700m racing. It’s not a hard race and Happy Tiger is the one to beat on exposed form but I’m not so sure he’s 100 percent ready for 700. For that reason I’m going to go with Li Li. She should be able to lead here and that will make all the difference here in this. In her last start at Launceston she got home really hard, against Holyheath who is quite a strong runner and has won over the 700. So based on that form line Li Li looks as if she get her chance here tonight to win. Win only as I think she’ll be short.

Sandown Greyhouns Race 6 Box 2 SuperSonic Hawk 8.52pm

Very tough race and I’m hoping we find value in backing Supersonic Hawk. He’s not the strongest runner but he has plenty of speed and he might be able to get the fly here and skip away. He has run a quick 34.41 here just a mere length and a half slower then the very talented but slow early runner Dyna Oats. Box 2 will make the difference here in this and all that’s needed for Supersonic Hawk to win, is a good jump and a clear run and he may just pinch this a good odds. Dyna Oats is the only danger, but box 1 runner Stetson Donna does need to play her part. She needs to get out fast and drag Dyna Oats in to the race. If she begins slowly and hampers him early the two runners might find themselves back in the pack and fighting for room to move. Based on that Supersonic Hawk looks the one.

Best Of Luck

$$ Another Day Another Dollar $$

Thursday, 12 September 2013


Greyhound Box Draw For Angle Park – Thursday, 12 September 2013

Race No. 1Coffex Coffee Mixed Stake Cta Di…7:14 PM
3/4 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,525 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,470 2nd: $705 3rd: $350.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HOPE’S UP116129.77Cameron Butcher
2ALLEN ILLEM157230.02Tony Rasmussen
3COUSIN CALLUM341429.75Petar Jovanovic
4VICTA SAM372429.86Ronald Schadow
5FRIDLI BALE317530.05Shaun Matcott
6CAWBOURNE FLUTE353330.03Raymond Barkla
7FIRE TYSON721829.71Tony Lagana
8GRAINNE O’MALLEY661129.78Robyn Mackellar
Race No. 2Only At The Dogs Mixed Stake Cta…7:35 PM
4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $3,240 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,265 2nd: $650 3rd: $325.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1TOKEN SPINNER165230.20Michael Stewart
2TEDDY TOOL733430.13Clarence Christensen
3CARLOS TYSON862129.86Tony Lagana
4ALLEN DIRK345130.10Shaun Matcott
5YOUNG SNOZZ333429.80Petar Jovanovic
6GO HARVEY GO134130.17Carole Scott
7MAGIC MUZZLE1123NBTMark Grima
8RIGHT TIME113229.96Cameron Butcher
9GOOD ODDS PUNK417529.89Walter Harkins
10MISS LILY ROSE843530.08Robert Harris
Race No. 3Coffex Coffee Free For All Cta D…7:55 PM
FFA event over 731 metres at Angle park Of $4,065 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,745 2nd: $880 3rd: $440.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MIMICKING421643.08Robert Britton
2CAMDALE BUDDY3661NBTPaul Hili
3CRIMSON STAR616343.86Robert Harris
4KALDEN MAYHEM518143.22Troy Murray
5UNO LESSON312543.63Shaun Laffin
6MISS WOODS334443.47Gino Grgurovic
7HUSKY DREAMER842243.62John Gale
8DYNA ALINE351143.52Shaun Matcott
9YARRAMUNDI STAR147744.28Todd Kelly
10WIRADJURI RUSH317844.69Vadim Roz
Race No. 42013 Schweppes Sa Derby H Cta Di…8:14 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HAWK ALONE214229.89Andrea Dailly
2ENCOSTA KAHN112329.80Kathleen Johnstone
3FRONT KNOCKA1111NBTSteven Withers
4ZAMBORA MAGIC7681NBTRobert Britton
5GALACTIC IMPACT166230.51Robert Chuck
6EASTON BALE5345NBTAndrea Dailly
7KISS ME KETUT1111NBTDavid Burnett
8AMRAM ALLEN6862NBTGraeme Bate
9DYNA FULCRUM1384NBTGraeme Bate
10NOBBY BALE13NBTGraeme Bate
Race No. 52013 Schweppes Sa Derby H Cta Di…8:38 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1DYNA HAKON211429.87Shaun Matcott
2PELOTON BALE251NBTGraeme Bate
3YOGI BLUE1232NBTRobyn Mackellar
4CRUMP3346NBTTroy Iwanyk
5JOSHUA BALE651129.96Mark Delbridge
6TONK1221NBTCharles Mercieca
7ERNIE BUNG ARROW112129.57Kenneth Gill
8VELOCEMENTE217530.63Andrea Dailly
9DYNA FULCRUM1384NBTGraeme Bate
10NOBBY BALE13NBTGraeme Bate
Race No. 62013 Schweppes Sa Derby H Cta Di…8:58 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1RAPIDO GRIS3256NBTGraeme Bate
2VICTA SCOTT427629.89Ronald Schadow
3AWESOME PROJECT1313NBTBradley Canty
4XENOS BALE2168NBTGraeme Bate
5ALLEN MAKOTO2516NBTMark Delbridge
6HELLYEAH BOLT1111NBTPaul Hili
7KALDEN GAMBINO412129.81Troy Murray
8YODA BALE5843NBTAndrea Dailly
9LONG GULLY BILL463130.31Paula Hearnden
10DYNA FULCRUM1384NBTGraeme Bate
Race No. 72013 Schweppes Sa Derby H Cta Di…9:22 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HELLYEAH MISSILE4112NBTPaul Hili
2BOGIE PRINCE711129.83Ben Rawlings
3DYNA ISHAAN3453NBTGraeme Bate
4TOMAC BALE6112NBTMark Delbridge
5OSBOURNE BALE154230.29Andrea Dailly
6BUCKLE UP MASON2732NBTGraeme Bate
7SENNI TONY625730.01Colin Swain
8KALDEN KAPONE311529.88Troy Murray
9NOBBY BALE13NBTGraeme Bate
10LONG GULLY BILL463130.31Paula Hearnden
Race No. 82013 Coffex Coffee Sa Oaks F Cta…9:41 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $34,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $25,000 2nd: $6,000 3rd: $3,000.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LETHAL THREE133230.21Mark Grima
2KOKODA SPIRIT426129.68Mark Morrissey
3WIREGRASS111229.96Ben Rawlings
4WONDER WHIRL414129.67Michael Giniotis
5XYLIA ALLEN141230.05Graeme Bate
6IONA SEVEN222129.97Robert Britton
7PURCELL BALE111130.08Graeme Bate
8LONG GULLY COURT245230.02Paula Hearnden
9GURU DOLL613330.18Mark Morrissey
10BLACK VEIL422330.25Robert Britton
Race No. 9Gap Racing To Retirement Stake C…10:05 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1FAIR CHANGE351529.91Todd Kelly
2BETSY ALLEN452230.04Lisa Rasmussen
3DEE DEE CORSAIR146229.84Robyn Mackellar
4NIAMH PREMIER745230.05Robin Harnas
5BENCHMARK326329.92Petar Jovanovic
6WELL QUOTED111230.17Carole Scott
7SIR AL364230.35Steven Coates
8ALESSI BALE257229.95Lisa Rasmussen
9DYNA GARTH716430.18Shaun Matcott
10IKARI PEDROX34530.10Michael Giniotis
Race No. 10Coffex Coffee Stake Cta Division…10:24 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,960 Prizemoney.
1st: $2,075 2nd: $590 3rd: $295.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOJA STAN117230.10Zbigniew Wudarczyk
2LIFE’S COOL224330.14Lisa Rasmussen
3DYNA ERWIN217530.13Shaun Matcott
4FINBAR BALE773230.28Steve Meimetis
5TRICKY NIGEL441630.43Kim Johnstone
6BOURNE SURFER526330.22Petar Jovanovic
7PEDRO’S FIRST582130.15Robyn Mackellar
8GURU DOLL613330.18Mark Morrissey
9FIERY MCBAIN553730.19Todd Kelly
10MARVEL534630.56Lisa Rasmussen
Race No. 11Cash Up Your Club @ Grsa Stake C…10:42 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $2,270 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,590 2nd: $455 3rd: $225.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1HARELESS CHASER572230.59Kathleen Johnstone
2UMIKA BALE423730.35Shaun Matcott
3WILD SOUL111530.05Kim Johnstone
4VELOCITY DAFF232230.26Kim Johnstone
5MIMIC MASTER787330.00Steven Coates
6WEBLEY BALE276230.43Shaun Matcott
7TYSON WILLOW221229.96Tony Lagana
8POISON684130.40Lisa Rasmussen
9DYNA ULTRA431130.62Lisa Rasmussen
10LONG GULLY BILL463130.31Paula Hearnden

Wednesday, 28 August 2013


Greyhound Box Draw For Angle Park – Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Race No. 1Find Grsa On Facebook Mixed Stak…1:39 PM
4/5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1POWER MERC186430.08Angela Modra
2GLAD MAN421129.97Nicole Price
4FINBAR BALE687730.28Steve Meimetis
5ASTON FORT312730.99Nicole Price
7BLUE VIPER121429.94Dennis Male
8AIR KISSES254530.21Karen Bearpark
Race No. 2Tattsbet.com Open Maiden Stake P…1:55 PM
M event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1MILLION VOICES8747NBTLisa Rasmussen
2EMERLEY TRICKS446NBTPeter Hurley
3EXECUTIVE POWER263522.95Raymond Barkla
4NEVER SAY NEVER-NBTKim Johnstone
5BOSS CHIEF5845NBTJohn Hancock
6SPRITELY CASH337223.76Tony Rasmussen
7COWBOY JURY3828NBTKaren Bearpark
8AGENT OF CHANGE4657NBTShaun Matcott
9VICTA GEORGE76NBTRonald Schadow
10LAUREN’S MY GAL8823.74Raymond Barkla
Race No. 3Fundraising @ Chasers Stake Prv …2:14 PM
6 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1VICTA CASEY554322.73Ronald Schadow
2JOE BELLO774322.88Angela Modra
3IMA GENIUS866822.91Lisa Rasmussen
4NOBLE KAHN122.51Kathleen Johnstone
6WALLY ALLEN642222.53Shaun Matcott
7LOCUST FUND5642NBTJohn Hancock
8JITTERY KNOCKA664523.04Douglas Frith
Race No. 4Grsa.com.au Stake Prv Division22:30 PM
6 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1COME ON CARRUMBA3864NBTShaun Matcott
2TUMULTUOUS658622.98Raymond Barkla
3ALL MY SIZE116523.01John Mundy
4VICTA RONALD821722.67Ronald Schadow
6KIPSANG2317NBTTony Rasmussen
7ALWAYS SOMETHING247222.78Gary Rawlings
8SHEZA DIVA413622.38Marie Whyte
Race No. 5Mcqueens Tavern Stake Prv Divisi…2:47 PM
5 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ASTON BUZZ273822.58June Sharpe
2VICTA TINA616822.29Ronald Schadow
3BILLY KAHN676822.50Kim Johnstone
4FRIDLI BALE865523.21Shaun Matcott
5LITTLE OLIVE385322.69David Neal
6JIMMY GIAMEOS234822.58Shaun Matcott
7TILKA ON FIRE511522.54Oswald Chegia
8CETTE COURSE663822.86Gary Rawlings
Race No. 6Chasers.net.au Mixed Stake Prv D…3:05 PM
3/4/5 event over 388 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1JOJO JUNIOR7438NBTCorey Ormsby
2BELFORD258622.55Bozidar Stamenkovic
3MR. PIPELINE346421.99Karen Bearpark
4DARYL BALE562522.66Shaun Matcott
5ALLEN QUINCY867622.39Shaun Matcott
6SHIRAZ DREAM613422.66Gary Rawlings
7BRAHMA BOY116622.31John Mundy
8FLYING CANDY414622.37Angela Modra
Race No. 7Schweppes Sa Derby Prelude (1) P…3:22 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $700 2nd: $200 3rd: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1WIRED FOR SOUND225230.40Robert Isaacson
2EMERLEY ZODIAK881130.06Peter Hurley
3RUNAGATE3265NBTNicole Price
4GALACTIC IMPACT316631.00Robert Chuck
5DUSTNADO111229.59Steve Hoffman
6FIERY MCBAIN523530.19Todd Kelly
7BOGIE PRINCE171129.83Ben Rawlings
8ALMIGHTY TITAN213230.19Karen Butcher
Race No. 8Schweppes Sa Derby Prelude (2) P…3:42 PM
SE event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $1,000 Prizemoney.
1st: $700 2nd: $200 3rd: $100.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1SIR SCRAPPY732330.50Karen Butcher
2VICTA SCOTT154229.89Ronald Schadow
3GALILEE SPIRIT211129.80Robert Isaacson
4DYNA HAKON362229.89Shaun Matcott
5WOODNEAR622130.16Matthew Payne
6WILD SOUL811130.05Kim Johnstone
7GHOSTLY THOUGHTS187830.71Robert Isaacson
8NICHOLAS JACK448730.03Todd Kelly
Race No. 9Be Active Stake Prv Division14:02 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1BIG SHRIMPIN541430.72Gary Rawlings
2JUNGLE BARK512730.72Simon Gesler
3GALACTIC BLUE616731.00Robert Chuck
4KALDEN KAPONE413129.88Troy Murray
5VICTA MERRILL182530.47Ronald Schadow
6BOMBER KAHN266430.31Kim Johnstone
7FOOTROT FLARE16130.24Bozidar Stamenkovic
8IRISH ANGEL471530.51Terrance Cahalan
Race No. 10Tattsbet.com Stake Prv Division24:22 PM
6 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1LEKTRA BLING465630.52Shaun Matcott
2MR. PUNTING165630.30Simon Gesler
3DAYSBREAK385730.90Gary Rawlings
4BUBBA RAY DUDLEY545630.12Karen Bearpark
5ULTRA LIL122430.50Yvonne King
6MURF’S ANGEL234830.08Terrance Cahalan
7TOM TOM SURPRISE527630.54Gary Rawlings
8HAIRY BEAR841530.83Cameron Butcher
Race No. 11Gap Sa On Facebook Grade 5 Serie…4:42 PM
5 event over 515 metres at Angle park Of $785 Prizemoney.
1st: $545 2nd: $160 3rd: $80.

No.NameFormBestTrainer

1ZIPPERED254130.14Karen Bearpark
2AWESOME FIVESOME566330.22Karen Bearpark
3MARVEL6153NBTLisa Rasmussen
4FAUST’S FOREVER282129.97Bozidar Stamenkovic
5TOKEN MCLAREN537129.67Donald Foster
6SCREEN KISS874430.13Karen Bearpark
7JUST TED642430.59Douglas Frith
8KIHAEL KLOSE466730.10Raymond Barkla
9TOTAL DOMINATION527330.60John Hancock

Spud Regis Retires To Stud At The Top Of His Game

Champion Victorian sprinter Spud Regis has been retired after his emphatic victory in the Group Three Ambrosoli at Wentworth Park on Saturday night. The stunning black powerhouse was a winner of fifteen races from 27 starts including two group one’s and two group three’s with prize money earnings over the $440,000 mark. With the curtain closing on such a tremendous racing career, it is only fitting to pay tribute to a greyhound who has proven to be one of Australia’s best.

Spud Regis is by legendary sire Bombastic Shiraz out of the smart race bitch Phiona: a winner of twelve races and was whelped on the 7th December 2010. The chaser was trained by industry mogul Andrea Dailly and owned by Brian Treloar who named him after former AFL great and St Kilda skipper Danny Frawley.

Spud Regis showed plenty of potential from the start of his career winning ten of his first thirteen track appearances including the 2012 Group 3 SA Derby at Angle Park; however it was his emotional win in The Group One Adelaide Cup that really captured the attention of racing participants and the public as a whole. On the way back to their training property in Anakie (Victoria) after the heats of the feature where Spud Regis was victorious, Co-trainer George Daily was involved in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of fellow heat winner, and Spud Regis’ highly talented litter brother Big Black Mac. The heartbreaking night drew attention Australia wide, and put Spud Regis’ Adelaide Cup start in danger; however after being carefully monitored just one week after the horror crash, the extraordinary racer recorded one of the most sentimental victories in modern racing history, taking out the $75,000 final in a sensational 29.75 seconds for the 515 metre trip.

After his popular victory, Spud Regis’ form tapered off- albeit against the top echelon of Australian sprinters- as he hit a losing streak that lasted an agonising eight runs, however a change of scenery brought back the old Spud Regis, with the enigmatic dog bouncing back to the winners list in the 2013 Perth Cup Consolation at Cannington in February.

Upon his return home to Victoria, Spud Regis continued on his winning way, saluting in the 2013 Group One Australian Cup at The Meadows. Beginning brilliantly from the cherry, the talented campaigner made every post a winner clocking a scintillating 29.63 seconds for the 525 metre trip where he defeated fellow Victorian El Brooklyn by four and a quarter lengths on the line.

This win certainly dispelled any doubts surrounding the chaser and firmly established him as one of the nation’s best. The dual Group one winner made his final interstate venture just a few weeks ago for a stint at the Group One Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park. The speedster made quite an impression in his heat, scoring a dominant victory in a red hot 29.69 seconds, and was very unfortunate not to gain a start in the $250,000 final, running a solid third in his semi-final behind flying Hunter Valley bitch Punch One Out who ran a blinding race and in turn set a new track record of 29.27 seconds for the 520 metre distance.

Spud Regis returned to Wentworth Park last Saturday night and took out the Group Three Ambrosoli in fine style. The race was for those greyhounds that ‘just missed out’ on a chance at the Golden Easter final and carried a winner’s cheque of a lucrative $25,000. Showing his class, the 34 kilogram two year old carved across the field and eventually chased down the Graeme Bate prepared Fully Advanced to take out the race by three and three quarter lengths over roughie Amadeus Strikes in a breathtaking 29.73 seconds. While it would have been a very hard decision for Treloar to retire the powerful and talented chaser whilst he was racing so consistently and injury free, it was fantastic to see him end his career on a high note- with the vast majority of owners and trainers only able to dream of such a departure from the racetrack.

As they say, when one door closes another door opens and this will definitely be the case for Spud Regis; after such a successful racing career he will stand at stud with Tony Lockett, where he should receive a great reception from Australian breeders who will have the chance to tap into a fantastic bloodline.

Being a devoted Spud Regis fan I was honoured to see the champ race with my own eyes last week, and whilst I am personally sad that he will never grace the track again I wish connections all the best in the breeding barn with the ‘Spud’ and hope to one day see his pups emulate the success of their dad on the racetrack.

Spud Regis’ Adelaide Cup Glory After Brush With Death

It’s going to take more than a car accident to hold Spud Regis down. The resilient greyhound shook off his brush with death to score an emotional victory in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup at Angle Park on Thursday night.

Less than a week after being involved in a serious crash that claimed the life of his litter-mate Big Black Mac, Spud Regis collected the biggest pay cheque of his career and stamped himself as a genuine star of the sport.

Shooting for his eighth straight win, the son of Bombastic Shiraz showed his class flying out of box five to be second to the first turn.
Continue reading Spud Regis’ Adelaide Cup Glory After Brush With Death

Adelaide Cup Greyhounds Involved In Tragic Accident

After a successful night of greyhound racing at South Australia’s Angle Park track for the heats of the 2012 Adelaide Cup, several of the Group 1 finalist greyhounds and their co-trainer George Dailly along with handler Carl, have been in involved in an tragic car accident in the early hours of the morning.

The accident is believed to have claimed several greyhound lives and both George and Carl have been hospitalised with injuries. Those injuries are considered “minor” but George is believed to be suffering from broken ribs.

One greyhound is confirmed to have been killed in the accident. Big Black Mac, who had qualified for the $175,000 Adelaide Cup final by winning the first heat of the Cup in 29.66 has been confirmed by Police as having died at the accident scene.

Big Black Mac was a very promising young greyhound winning 6 of his career 11 starts, with earnings of over $25,000 and had already registered a best time of 29.59 at Sandown. He wasn’t due to turn 2 years of age until December this year.

Lektra Ottens is also confirmed as missing, having fled the scene in panic. Police have confirmed that local CFA volunteers are still searching the area for the missing fawn greyhound.

Fourteen greyhounds are known to have been onboard when the accident occurred, having all competed for trainer Andrea Dailly at last night’s meeting. Several greyhounds are said to be “pretty banged up” and while it was believed there may have been multiple greyhound fatalities, only one greyhound is confirmed dead at this time.

A Police spokesperson has confirmed that a vet attended the accident scene to assist and assess all greyhounds.

Among those on board were Heston Bale, nominal favourite for the Adelaide Cup final after drawing box 1 in the final, and the winner of nearly $100,000 in prizemoney. High profile greyhound and SA Derby winner Spud Regis, another Adelaide Cup heat winner, was also onboard at the time of the accident.

The combined prizemoney earnings of the greyhounds known to have been involved in the accident is in excess of $450,000, where the real value of the greyhounds involved would be multiples of that with potential stud prospects Heston Bale and Spud Regis involved.

Dyna Lowell and Dyna Morris, who quinellaed the 2012 Traralgon Cup were both involved in the accident, with career prizemoney earnings of $131,000 and $130,000 respectively.

The accident is believed to have occurred in the early hours of the morning while George Dailly was sleeping and Carl was at the wheel. The accident occurred approximately 10kms east of Nhill, near the small rural town of Kiata about half way between the South Australian border and Horsham.

The Victorian Police spokesperson also confirmed that the Dailly’s “ute and trailer carrying 14 greyhounds traveling in an easterly direction, left the road at approximately 3:45am, crashing through a fence and a vacant paddock before impacting upon the western verandah and wall of a house where a male and female occupant were asleep. Both home occupants were unhurt in the incident” although they were said to have been thrown from their beds by the impact of the crash.

Amazingly there were no human fatalities from the accident, and the only confirmed greyhound fatality is that of Big Black Mac, although grave concerns are held for Lektra Ottens, and the racing careers of many of the injured greyhounds may be in doubt. Sources close to the Dailly kennel are suggesting already that neither Spud Regis, nor Heston Bale will return to Adelaide to take their places in the $175,000 final.

The accident is said to have “written off” the Dailly’s F250 truck and their expensive US imported dog trailer which was capable of transporting at least 16 greyhounds.

The Dailly’s greyhounds were returning to their Victorian Anakie training base having just won three heats of the $175,000 Adelaide Cup with Big Black Mac, Heston Bale and Spud Regis, all qualifying for the final. The Dailly’s also provided a further five placegetters during the eight heats.

Bookmakers such as TAB Sportsbet betting pre-post on the Adelaide Cup final have currently suspended all betting in the wake of the accident.

GRSA have already confirmed that the Angela Langton trained first reserve Quo Vadis, will take fatally injured Big Black Mac’s place in the final, and further announcements will be made as the other greyhounds injuries become known.

George Dailly’s brother Tom is currently in transit to the Horsham Hospital to attend upon George and Carl and to collect the remaining greyhounds.

This tragic accident comes just one night after Victorian greyhound trainers Steve and Heather Collins suffered a similar loss when kennel hand Jay ran off the road near Geelong on the way back from Warrnambool greyhounds and rolled the trailer, subsequently killing several greyhounds including Sisco Diamond and losing Lektra Ice who fled the scene.

Both the Dailly’s and Collins’ are prolific Victorian greyhound trainers who train greyhounds for leviathan greyhound breeders and owners, the Wheelers and the Lenehans.

UPDATE – 6/10/2012
Reports from the Dailly kennel today are that both Spud Regis and Heston Bale have faired well since the accident, and both are highly likely to return to Adelaide next week to contest the 2012 Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final. Lektra Ottens remains missing in the Wimmera area but no other greyhound fatalities have been confirmed.

2012 Adelaide Cup Final Box Draw

Last night at Angle Park we witnessed Group 1 racing at the highest level with eight heats of the Triple M Adelaide Cup where some of the best sprinters in the land battled it out for a chance to qualify for the Group 1 Final on October 11.

The fastest qualifier for the final was the Jason Thompson trained Victorian Proven Nitro in heat 3 who raced his way into favouritism for the final after a blistering display of high speed chasing. He made it three wins in a row when he began well from box 3 to pounce on the early lead and peeled of a sizzling 29.36 for the 515m journey in winning by 3½ lengths with his second split time to the back of 16.71 one of the quickest seen in recent years.

The last greyhound to go quicker at the Angle Park circuit was exactly one year ago when Cape Hawke rated 29.33 in winning his heat of the Cup and ultimately finishing third behind the flying Mepunga Nicky in the final. Proven Nitro has blistering speed and will have to show that in next weeks final after drawing box 7 with plenty of speed on his inside.

Jason Thompson produced his second qualifier for the final earlier in the night in heat 2 when strong chaser Coal King staked his claims with a powerful display of chasing. He began fairly from box 5 to initially race midfield before stretching out down the back straight and racing past leader Mepunga Geordie over the concluding stages to win by a lengthening 5½ lengths in a flying 29.71. It was his fifth win in his last 6 starts and his run home time of 12.61 was one of the quickest on the night.
Continue reading 2012 Adelaide Cup Final Box Draw

2012 Adelaide Cup Heats This Thursday Night

Eight heats of the Triple M Adelaide Cup have been drawn for this Thursday night’s (4th October) meeting at Angle Park. GRSA received 65 final nominations for the Group 1 series with 34 from South Australia, 29 from Victoria, 1 from Queensland and 1 from New Zealand.

The Interstate contingent is led by exciting Group performer Heston Bale who is one of sixteen Andrea Dailly representatives in the heats.

She also has last start SA Derby winner Spud Regis engaged that will be looking to continue his winning run at Angle Park after sweeping the Derby series.
Continue reading 2012 Adelaide Cup Heats This Thursday Night

Spud Regis Storms In To Group 3 SA Derby Final Favouritism

Victorian chaser Spud Regis stamped himself as a real star of the future with a dominant display in the Group 3 Coca Cola SA Derby last night at Angle Park.

The Andrea Dailly trained flyer blitzed his rivals in a best of night 29.63 for the 515m journey leading throughout and winning by over 3 lengths from kennel mate Grigorieva Bale with fellow Victorian Peter Rocket for trainer Keith Hellmuth finishing third.

Spud Regis flew the lids early running a sizzling 4.32 to the winning post on the first occasion and from there was never headed recording his 7th win from just 10 starts and claiming the $25,000 first prize.
Continue reading Spud Regis Storms In To Group 3 SA Derby Final Favouritism

Dailly Dominates SA Derby With Six Finalists

While the S.A Oaks may be over for another year, the Group 3 Coca-Cola S.A Derby is just heating up with four heats run last night at Angle Park. As usual, a host of Victorian greyhounds have made the trip across the border, with many of them likely to stay on and compete in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup in less than a months’ time.

Andrea Dailly’s ever-present team was at the forefront again and has qualified a staggering six out of the eight finalists, starting with young star Spud Regis who increased his already imposing record, with an effortless victory in the opening heat. Starting from box one at a very short quote of $1.70, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Phiona was untroubled in front and found it no problem to record a slick 29.64 to cruise home with four lengths to spare. The promising black dog has now won seven of its ten career outings and feature race victories are now appearing on the horizon.

Battling away behind Spud Regis for most of the journey was the kennelmate Schnikey Bale, who was game in defeat but would need to improve sharply to trouble to favourites in next week final.
Continue reading Dailly Dominates SA Derby With Six Finalists

Dailly’s Dominate Coca Cola SA Derby Heats & Final Box Draw

The Interstate raiders were in force last night at Angle Park where they dominated the four heats of the Coca Cola SA Derby led by leading Victorian trainer Andrea Dailly who qualified an amazing 6 runners for next week’s final. She won three out of the four heats conducted last night, with up and coming sprinting star Spud Regis qualifying the fastest after a brilliant front running display in the first heat.

He made it 6 wins from his last 7 starts leading throughout in a blistering 29.64 for the 515m journey defeating kennel mate Schnikey Bale by 3¾ lengths and will start the clear favourite next week after drawing perfectly in box 1.

The second heat was a carbon copy of the first with the Dailly combination greeting the judge when strong chaser Bagget Bale ran home powerfully to score in a sizzling 29.66 in winning by 7¼ lengths defeating kennel mate Allen Dion who showed pace and hung on well for second.
Continue reading Dailly’s Dominate Coca Cola SA Derby Heats & Final Box Draw

Graeme Bate’s Up And Away Laurels Victory Tempered By Positive Swab

While it was all cheers and beers after the second running for 2010 of the Laurels at Sandown last night when the Graeme Bate trained Up And Away prevailed over Kalden Athena, news has broken today that the victory has been tainted by a recent positive swab hearing before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.

Despite Greyhound Racing Victoria not releasing any information whatsoever with regard to a Stewards Inquiry about Bate’s positive swab, it is understood a RADB hearing was held on the 21st December 2010 and Bate was found guilty or presenting a greyhound to race under the influence of a prohibited substance.

The positive swab stems from a swab taken from Jarvis Bale back in July 2010 when running third in the Group 2 AWM Distance Championship at The Meadows. On that occasion, Jarvis Bale was beaten by West Australia Blue Lorian for the $25,000 first prize.
Continue reading Graeme Bate’s Up And Away Laurels Victory Tempered By Positive Swab

Coca Cola SA Derby Final Thursday 7th October 2010


2010 Group 3 Coca Cola SA Derby Final Thursday 7th October 2010

Greyhounds Qualified Through The SA Derby Semi Finals Thursday 30th September 2010
Open To Male Greyhounds Whelped On Or After 1st July 2008
$23,100 To The Final Winner
Angle Park, SA

Race No. 82010 Coca Cola Derby Final09:11PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $32,400 Prizemoney.
1st: $21,500 2nd: $6,350 3rd: $3,150 Unplaced: $200.

No.NameFormTrainer

1WALTER BALE14222G J Bate (Lara)
2OCTANE ASSASSIN13814G R Greig (Tea Tree)
3SALVADOR BALE14233G J Bate (Lara)
4KILTY LAD11122K M Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5PENTHOUSE72411J Thompson (Pearcedale)
6VEE BEST VANE14311J S Ennis (Lara)
7WONGAWILLI SIMON22333G J Bate (Lara)
8STANFORD BALE26244G J Bate (Lara)
9SHOWTIME11535G R Greig (Tea Tree)
10JUSTUS BALE42125G J Bate (Lara)

Coca Cola SA Derby Semi Finals Thursday 30th September 2010


2010 Group 3 Coca Cola SA Derby Semi Finals Thursday 30th September 2010

Greyhounds Qualified Through The SA Derby Heats Wednesday 22nd September 2010
Open To Male Greyhounds Whelped On Or After 1st July 2008
$23,100 To The Final Winner
Angle Park, SA

Race No. 5Coca Cola Sa Derby Semi Final 108:08PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1WONGAWILLI SIMON62233G J Bate (Lara)
2STANFORD BALE72624G J Bate (Lara)
3BRAHMA BOY11112J Mundy (Lewiston)
4WALTER BALE11422G J Bate (Lara)
5TURNERS CROSSING65184M J Harvey (Lewiston)
6VEE BEST VANE31431J S Ennis (Lara)
7SHOWTIME31153G R Greig (Tea Tree)
8IMA HOLOGRAM17111J Thompson (Pearcedale)
9BIG BUD12654K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
10TUNKALILLA41125K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
Race No. 6Coca Cola Sa Derby Semi Final 208:28PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1ARCHER STREET43374R W Harnas (Lewiston)
2OCTANE ASSASSIN21381G R Greig (Tea Tree)
3PENTHOUSE77241J Thompson (Pearcedale)
4KILTY LAD61112K M Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5MR. KOTZO35224K N Gill (Lewiston)
6JUSTUS BALE24212G J Bate (Lara)
7ALL IS COOL53332Y B Maxwell (Whyalla Norrie)
8SALVADOR BALE41423G J Bate (Lara)
9MIDDLETON POINT1415K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
10EMERLEY LEE33135P E Hurley (Two Wells)

Thursday 30th September 2010


Greyhound Box Draw For Angle Park – Thursday 30th September 2010

Race No. 1Gpa Race For Emily Stake06:44PM (SAtime)
Grade 5 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1DAKOTA DRIVE42235C A Simes (Two Wells)
2MIDFIELD GENERAL71713G Grgurovic (Brahma Lodge)
3LENIRA SUNSET56442M B Stewart (Onkaparinga Hills)
4ALVANIA BALE72144S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
5BESSIE BALE74337S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
6FLAMINIA BALE82388K A Johnstone (Hove)
7MAD MAGIC15824M S J Payne (Middleton)
8ARTHUR’S ROSE13174A Randall (Christie Downs)
9COOL ROCK HERO66671D W Decrea (Andrews Farm)
10BUBBA’S OCTANE77628L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
Race No. 2Prestige Dry Cleaners Stake07:05PM (SAtime)
Grade 6 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $1,930 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,195 2nd: $350 3rd: $175 Unplaced: $30.

No.NameFormTrainer

1KAMA BALE86184L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
2MIDDLETON POINT1415K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
3AUNTY CHOPPER12536L D Stewart (Hackham West)
4MR. REVERE34514J F Johnstone (Elizabeth Park)
5TOKEN SMILES67F2UM J Harvey (Lewiston)
6JAKIAH BALE22233L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
7SATANIC DELTA65526K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
8WOODSIDE FRED53424G T Smith (Woodside)
9SATANIC RULER67567K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
10ALLY BALE57828L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
Race No. 3Competitive Plumbing Service Stake07:25PM (SAtime)
Grade 5 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1MY MYSTERY52836A K Burns (Murray Bridge)
2COUNTRY CADET64522A M A Modra (Gawler River)
3CHAMBERLAIN44254L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
4BAMBI BALE41336G J Bate (Lara)
5BALLY MARIE13422M S J Payne (Middleton)
6PISTOL PETE43742M B Stewart (Onkaparinga Hills)
7NAPALM BALE8F541S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
8CLASSY DINERO51235P Jovanovic (Lewiston)
9SURFELLA68654R W Harnas (Lewiston)
10DYNA SAW88647S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
Race No. 4Cross Keys Paint & Panel Stake07:44PM (SAtime)
Grade 4 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,550 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,525 2nd: $450 3rd: $225 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1HUDSON BALE76824K Johnstone (Two Wells)
2MANHATTAN ANGEL76335L Cahalan (Grange)
3SHELLY LOUISE64171G C Pidgeon (Owen)
4SIKEM TEX54161C J Christensen (Woodville South)
5ONLY JESS21551A M A Modra (Gawler River)
6KATCHA KIHAEL23652P Jovanovic (Lewiston)
7MR. MAVROSS75121R W Harnas (Lewiston)
8KENYA BALE83333S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
9BITTA FAITH36723M J Harvey (Lewiston)
10WOODSIDE WOODY61344G T Smith (Woodside)
Race No. 5Coca Cola Sa Derby Semi Final 108:08PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1WONGAWILLI SIMON62233G J Bate (Lara)
2STANFORD BALE72624G J Bate (Lara)
3BRAHMA BOY11112J Mundy (Lewiston)
4WALTER BALE11422G J Bate (Lara)
5TURNERS CROSSING65184M J Harvey (Lewiston)
6VEE BEST VANE31431J S Ennis (Lara)
7SHOWTIME31153G R Greig (Tea Tree)
8IMA HOLOGRAM17111J Thompson (Pearcedale)
9BIG BUD12654K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
10TUNKALILLA41125K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
Race No. 6Coca Cola Sa Derby Semi Final 208:28PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1ARCHER STREET43374R W Harnas (Lewiston)
2OCTANE ASSASSIN21381G R Greig (Tea Tree)
3PENTHOUSE77241J Thompson (Pearcedale)
4KILTY LAD61112K M Bravo (Lovely Banks)
5MR. KOTZO35224K N Gill (Lewiston)
6JUSTUS BALE24212G J Bate (Lara)
7ALL IS COOL53332Y B Maxwell (Whyalla Norrie)
8SALVADOR BALE41423G J Bate (Lara)
9MIDDLETON POINT1415K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
10EMERLEY LEE33135P E Hurley (Two Wells)
Race No. 7Sonnex Engineering Mixed Stake08:52PM (SAtime)
Mixed 2/3/4 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,800 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,700 2nd: $500 3rd: $250 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1SAINT NYASALAND71783A Randall (Christie Downs)
2BRAVETY31152A M A Modra (Gawler River)
3STRICTLY MAMBO12141J W Jones (Eden Valley)
4TINASHE BALE52432N C Hains (Murray Bridge)
5SUCH IS LIFE11211M Giniotis (Two Wells)
6FASTA THAN FITZY21462P Jovanovic (Lewiston)
7KIHAEL KOFI12312P Jovanovic (Lewiston)
8BITTA BEER12434M J Harvey (Lewiston)
9RED LESTA52886G J Bate (Lara)
10DYNA GARTON84517S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
Race No. 8Coffex Coffee Oaks Final (group 3)09:11PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $32,400 Prizemoney.
1st: $21,500 2nd: $6,350 3rd: $3,150 Unplaced: $200.

No.NameFormTrainer

1PILLOW TORQUE34241D R Biddle (Bayswater)
2THECLA BALE25112G J Bate (Lara)
3YILKI53723K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
4PROVEN QUE TEE21114J Thompson (Pearcedale)
5GALAXY HIGH36512D B Curtain (Drouin)
6TAMEIKA BALE56523G J Bate (Lara)
7VALENTINE BALE21324G J Bate (Lara)
8KALDEN ATHENA72121D R Biddle (Bayswater)
9WONGAWILLI WALA53535G J Bate (Lara)
10SHAIANE BALE17635G J Bate (Lara)
Race No. 9O’furno Original Italian Bread Stake09:35PM (SAtime)
Grade 6 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $1,930 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,195 2nd: $350 3rd: $175 Unplaced: $30.

No.NameFormTrainer

1BURNING DAYLIGHT11F44B Stamenkovic (Two Wells)
2PURE ALARM21172R W Harnas (Lewiston)
3ARTHUR BEECH28115C Scott (Glandore)
4KYLIE DAKOTA75635C A Simes (Two Wells)
5TINKER BALE34424L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
6BRUGAL BALE13631L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
7ELIJAH BALE52263L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
8JACOB JAY34512K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
9BIG BUD12654K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
10BLACK COGNAC88436D C Denton (O’Sullivan Beach)
Race No. 10Tradelink Plumbing Centres Stake09:55PM (SAtime)
Grade 5 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1DANDY BOY73423M S J Payne (Middleton)
2DYNA GINA67463L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
3RHONDA’S CHANCE43F21K A Johnstone (Hove)
4SHAIANE BALE17635G J Bate (Lara)
5BOO’S POLLY48423P Jovanovic (Lewiston)
6KATRIN BALE35256S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
7SEA OF PASSION11711L R Harris (Willaston)
8TILDON31274A M A Modra (Gawler River)
9BIG YELLA53534K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
10DUNK BALE22755S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
Race No. 11Sign Services S.a. Stake10:12PM (SAtime)
Grade 5 event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $2,500 Prizemoney.
1st: $1,490 2nd: $440 3rd: $220 Unplaced: $50.

No.NameFormTrainer

1AIDEN BALE63524S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
2NIRIMBA KNIGHT32643P C Luxton (Gawler)
3PATTIE’S RETURN25432K A Johnstone (Hove)
4GYPSY SPY46617A M A Modra (Gawler River)
5KIOWA BEE11688P Jovanovic (Lewiston)
6MICA BALE53166L M Rasmussen (Murray Bridge)
7KISSED A GIRL77416L Cahalan (Grange)
8DYNA VITO35215S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)
9NOT MY SON43F66W Harkins (Reynella)
10ACOUSTIC BALE16458S D Matcott (Murray Bridge)

SA Oaks Dominated By Biddle’s Raiders While Vee Best Vane Lights Up Derby Heats

When trainer Dan Biddle made the long trek from Western Australia to Angle Park for a tilt at the Group Two S.A Oaks, it’s fair to assume he didn’t expect to have two semi final winners from two starters. But that’s exactly how it panned out last Thursday with Pillow Torque and Kalden Athena easily accounting for some of their more highly regarded rivals.

After heats were run the Wednesday prior, with most of the Victorian visitors looking the sharpest, the series took to the night stage. The first four placegetters from the semis would progress to the $25,000-to-the-winner final to be held this coming Thursday night.

The first semi final was expected to be a one act affair, with Jason Thompson’s Proven Que Tee ($1.80) expected to be far too speedy, but after Parker Bale ($15.60) began well from box five, Proven Que Tee found all sorts of bother, allowing the sandgroper Pillow Torque ($15.60) to race into contention and take over down the back. By then there was a traffic jam behind the leader, and Pillow Torque had dashed away before going on to score in 29.95.
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Coca Cola SA Derby Heats Wednesday 22nd September 2010


2010 Group 3 Coca Cola SA Derby Heats Wednesday 22nd September 2010

Open To Male Greyhounds Whelped On Or After 1st July 2008
$23,100 To The Final Winner
Angle Park, SA

Race No. 3Coca Cola Derby Heat 112:52PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $1,120 Prizemoney.
1st: $690 2nd: $195 3rd: $95 Unplaced: $20.

No.NameFormTrainer

1PENTHOUSEF7724J Thompson (Pearcedale)
2JUSTUS BALE42421G J Bate (Lara)
3*** VACANT BOX ***
4TURNERS CROSSING66518M J Harvey (Lewiston)
5OLLAXON53367R A Schadow (Victor Harbor)
6*** VACANT BOX ***
7EMERLEY LEE33313P E Hurley (Two Wells)
8SALVADOR BALE24142G J Bate (Lara)
9*** NO RESERVE ***
10*** NO RESERVE ***
Race No. 4Coca Cola Derby Heat 201:12PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $1,120 Prizemoney.
1st: $690 2nd: $195 3rd: $95 Unplaced: $20.

No.NameFormTrainer

1IMA HOLOGRAM21711J Thompson (Pearcedale)
2BRAHMA BOY11111J Mundy (Lewiston)
3ARCHER STREET74337R W Harnas (Lewiston)
4CULLEN BALE73714G J Bate (Lara)
5*** VACANT BOX ***
6WONGAWILLI SIMON16223G J Bate (Lara)
7TUNKALILLA4112K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
8HURRY ON MURPHY25266R B Harris (Murray Bridge)
9*** NO RESERVE ***
10*** NO RESERVE ***
Race No. 5Coca Cola Derby Heat 301:27PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $1,120 Prizemoney.
1st: $690 2nd: $195 3rd: $95 Unplaced: $20.

No.NameFormTrainer

1MIDDLETON POINT141K A Corby (Victor Harbor)
2VEE BEST VANE73143J S Ennis (Lara)
3MR. KOTZO53522K N Gill (Lewiston)
4EMERLEY KRUZA53231P E Hurley (Two Wells)
5*** VACANT BOX ***
6SHOWTIME13115G R Greig (Tea Tree)
7TYSON MAX22135T Lagana (Gawler River)
8WALTER BALE41142G J Bate (Lara)
9*** NO RESERVE ***
10*** NO RESERVE ***
Race No. 6Coca Cola Derby Heat 401:47PM (SAtime)
S/E No Penalty event over 515 Metres at Angle park Of $1,120 Prizemoney.
1st: $690 2nd: $195 3rd: $95 Unplaced: $20.

No.NameFormTrainer

1EMERLEY ROAD41425P E Hurley (Two Wells)
2STANFORD BALE37262G J Bate (Lara)
3BIG BUD53126K J Mcauley (Lewiston)
4ATLANTA MCLAREN512H Foster (Mclaren Vale)
5*** VACANT BOX ***
6ALL IS COOL55153Y B Maxwell (Whyalla Norrie)
7OCTANE ASSASSIN12213G R Greig (Tea Tree)
8KILTY LAD16111K M Bravo (Lovely Banks)
9*** NO RESERVE ***
10*** NO RESERVE ***

Sergio To Make A Triumphant Return To The Gardens

Highly talented chaser Sergio makes his return to The Gardens in race eight today, over the 515 metres.

Sergio has not raced at The Gardens since beginning his race track career in the Laurie Healon Memorial maiden series for champion trainer Kel Greenough, where he won his heat and semi-final in sizzling fashion. In the final he was a credible fourth to another boom youngster Lochinvar Marlow, after being slowly.

The beautifully bred son of Collision and Tarawi Tess would go on to win six of his first seven starts and was an odds on favourite in the Group Two South Australian Derby at his eight race track appearance.
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Greyhound Racing Tips For Wednesday 9th December 2009

Greyhound Racing Tips for Wednesday 9th December 2009 with Tips tonight from Ballarat (Victoria), Warrnambool (Victoria), The Gardens (New South Wales), Ipswich (Queensland) and Cannington (West Australia).

If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon yet get yourself set up with an account at Sportsbet. By using the Sportsbet Free Bet Code 27110 you can get yourself up to $200 in free bets just by opening a new account.

Nice night of racing with the final of the Group 2 Ballarat Cup with ultrra consistent Dyna Lachlan drawn in box 1 trying hard to beat the Darren McDonald trained pair of Timberland and Rev Limiter. Should be a fantastic race with plenty of pace and Galba Chris a rough chance to upset the party.
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Bate Loses SA Derby, Fined $3000 Over Positive Swab

GRSA Stewards have just advised that in relation to the shock positive swab from 2009 Group 3 SA Derby winner Dyna Forte, Graeme Bate has been found guilty and has lost the $21,500 to the winner race.

Bate has also been fined $3,000 but has not received any suspension or disqualification for the positive swab to Procaine.

The leading Victorian trainer, who has had a shocking run of bad luck lately, with Velocette and Amity Bale suffering career ending injuries; was due to face a GRSA Stewards Inquiry today in to the positive swab.
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2009 Melbourne Cup Final Detailed Form And Analysis

The 2009 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup offering $175,000 to the winner is Australia’s richest greyhound event and the richest free entry greyhound race in the world.

In the interest’s of helping you find the 2009 Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner Australian Racing Greyhound have scoured the history books to find all the facts and figures you need to know (and a few of the ones you don’t) to help steer you in the right direction.

Group 1 Melbourne Cup Facts and Figures

  • Fastest time : 29.51, Betty’s Angel (2006) out of box 4
  • Winners Sex : Dogs 42, Bitches 11
  • No. Of Times The Favourite Salutes : Favourites have won on 22 occasions
  • Shortest Priced Winner : Gold Grotto 1/2 ($1.50) 1972
  • Longest Priced Winner : Classic Capri $25.90 2001
  • Most Successful Trainer : Graeme Bate (3 winners): Satan’s Shroud (1981), Fair Sentence (1989), Kantarn Bale (1999), Darren McDonald (3 winners) : Hallucinate (2004), Shanlyn Prince (2007), Surgeon (2008).
  • Greyhounds Who Won At Their Second Attempt : Saskaview (1963, 3rd 1962), Cheltenham Lass (1966, 2nd 1965), Classic Capri (2001, 2nd 2000)
  • Biggest Winning Margin : 9 lengths – Fox Hunt 1991
  • Smallest Winning Margin : A neck – shared by Chief Ranee 1960, Chris’ Dandy 1970, Black Aztec 1980, City Blitz 1995
  • Track Records Run In The Melbourne Cup : In 1988 Hua set a new track record in winning of 30.01 over 511m
  • Sires Who Sired The Melbourne Cup Trifecta : Chariot Supreme sired the trifecta in 1990 (Highly Blessed, Singalong, Black Pirate) and New Tears sired the trifecta in 1994 (Light of Fire, Zippity Magic, New Fox)
  • Trainers To Go 1-2-3 : Graeme Bate trained the trifecta in 1999 – Kantarn Bale, Devon Road, Flying Law
  • Distance Changes : 1956-1963 565 yards, 1964-1971 555 yards, 1972 507.5m, 1973-1985 513m, 1986-1995 511m, 1996-Present 515m
  • Winners By State : 39 Victoria, 11 New South Wales, 2 Queensland, 1 South Australia

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