It has been a very long time since master trainer Graeme Bate has lead one of his chasers to the boxes, but when the quality field for the Group 3 Sport 927 Silver Bullet was paraded the punters were clamouring to back the dog on the end on the multiple group winners lead â€“ Turanza Bale.
Obviously confident, not even Graeme himself could predict what was to unfold as his black speedster overcame a moderate beginning to muster quickly and smash one of Australiaâ€™s most sought after mantles – The Meadows track record. Running home in 11.90, Turanza Bale shaved 0.01 off Big Daddy Coolâ€™s record that has stood since 2004.
Positioned just behind the early leader Dyna Lachlan and kennel mate Velocette through the first turn, Turanza Bale was finely poised to at last break his hoodoo at the highest level and win his first group race after seven desperate attempts.
Continue reading Amity Bale And Turanza Bale Salute In Style
AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for October 2009 is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained sprinter Cindeen Shelby. The brilliant fawn bitch had memorable month of October winning two Group 1 finals and a heat of another.
Her success started with the final of the Group 1 Paws of Thunder on October the 3rd she begun brilliantly from box four to lead all the way recording a best of the night 30.08 on the rain affected track.
Back home in Victoria she would have been the first picked to take her place in the invitational Group 1 Top Gun on October 24. Settling third on the rails she never left the fence railing hard on the home turn to reach the lead and hold the fast finishing Velocette for another stunning win.
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Hot off her stunning Macro Meats Crown Classic heat run of 29.42 â€“ the fourth fastest time ever recorded at the Lightwood Road venue â€“ Queen Lauryn will be out to seek revenge for her 2008 Shootout loss to Mantra Lad, who has also nominated.
Graeme Bate has nominated Velocette and Turanza Bale in his search for a first Shootout title, while Darren McDonald has nominated Cosmic Rumble and Vintage Octane as he aims for a third victory in the race.
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Trained by Kelvyn Greenough of Pearcedale, Cindeen Shelby accounted for a crack speed squadron in notching her 22nd win from 39 starts. Her stakes spiralled to $312,000.
Continue reading Airborne Cindeen Shelby Wins Group 1 Topgun
Big night of Topgun being run at The Meadows, along with the heats of the Group 2 Hume Cup for the stayers. In Sydney the champions of tomorrow go around in the Group Vic Peters Classic for the young greyhounds and despite the scratching of potential superstar Outa Credit, there is still plenty of depth in the semi finals. Over in Perth the final of the $40,000 to the winner All Stars Sprint has attracted a good field including 5 time track record holder Queen Lauryn.
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Saturday 24th October 2009
Now in the care of leading Devon Meadows trainer Darren McDonald, the former New South Wales chaser was given plenty of room from box 2 and the son of Spiral Nikita took full advantage, driving underneath Queenslander Queen Lauryn ($10) to take the early lead.
Cosmic Rumble ($4.30) opened up a three length lead down the back straight and looked to have the race at his mercy before Queen Lauryn took off in pursuit.
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First round invitattions were sent out earlier this month to twenty four of the nations best chasers in the opinion of the Topgun selection panel.
That “expert” panel will meet again on Friday 9th October 2009 to decide the final field which will be announced on Saturday 10th October 2009.
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AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for September 2009 is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained sprinter Dyna Lachlan. The star speedster has been in consistent winning form having won nine races and a second since early July.
He started the month off in Perth when he just got nailed on the post in the National Sprint final lowering his colours to Dashing Corsair. The following week he made his first appearance at Wentworth Park winning from box three in a fast 29.93.
Stepping out in his heat of the Paws of Thunder on September 19 he again recorded a brilliant win in 29.79. In his semi final Dyna Lachlan went better again recording a best of the night 29.74.
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Box 1 held no joy for odds on favourite Dyna Lachlan – after a slow start and a chequered passage early her chances disappeared.
NSW featured strongly as the winner is owned in NSW, while second and third are both NSW owned and trained.
All honours were with the winner which started third favourite at $7.50. Take The Kitty for trainer Ken Cheetham ran second as a $4.90 second elect.
Continue reading Cindeen Shelby All The Way in Paws Final
Twenty four first round invitations to nominate for the 2009 $100,000 to the winner Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun were released by the Topgun selection panel last night following nearly 4 hours of intense discussion.
The expert 9 person panel consists of a number of industry media, race callers, graders and managers; all of which have an extensive history and knowledge of.
The panel has a mandate to select the best field taking into account both group race results and current form when sitting down to discuss possible candidates.
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Classy Victorian sprinter Remo Rubik ($2.50fav) made no mistakes in his comprehensive victory leading all the way to win his second Group 2 this year when was successful in the Chris Humphrey Office National Traralgon Cup last Friday night.
Unfortunately due to a clash on the Group race calendar a number of runners that made the Traralgon Cup final had to choose between contesting the three week Group 1 Paws of Thunder at Wentworth Park and the Group 2 Victorian country cup.
Continue reading Remo Rubik Leads All The Way Traralgon Cup
Last week, Traralgon stayed put in their twilight timeslot which means half the country missed the Traralgon Cup heats. But for those that missed it Graeme Bate trained three through to the final with Dyna Forte running a near record, only to be upstaged by Karen Leek’s Din’s Son who went .01 second better running 29.50, just .04 second outside Keeko Bale’s track record. Unfortunately after the draw all the Bates trained runners drew next to each other in the squeeze boxes and Din’s Son drew the outside in 8. Geoff Mitchell’s Wangaratta Cup winner Remo Rubik has ended up favourite drawing box 1 after a 29.75 heat win.
Some very nice collects last night in the Drifting paying the best of them at Albion Park, paying in excess of $4 as Sportbset and .
Continue reading Greyhound Racing Tips For Friday 18th September 2009
The results of the Grand Finals at Cannington on Saturday night are what the National series is all about.
On the one hand we have the might of Australiaâ€Ÿs largest breeders, Paul Wheeler and Hall Of Fame trainer Graeme Bate winning the Distance Title with Jarvis Bale, and on the other we have Dwyer and Desley Lennon victorious with Dashing Corsair in the Sprint Championship, new comers to the sport with six dogs in their kennel.
It was by far the Lennonâ€Ÿs biggest win in the sport, with a chaser that has lived in the shadow of fellow Queenslander High Earner, who had beaten Dashing Corsair in two Derby Finals.
Continue reading 2009 National Sprint And Distance Championship Results
Welcome to Wentworth Park (New South Wales), and Cannington (West Australia).â€™s for Saturday 5th September 2009 with tonight from The Meadows (Victoria),
Highlights tonight are definitely coming from Cannington with the running of both the $50,000 to the winner Group 1 National Distance and National Sprint Championship finals. Both races have a number making up the field and only a few hopes so should present some opportunities to make a profit.
With Wentworth Park (New South Wales), and Cannington (West Australia), letâ€™s recap out betting advice for tonightâ€™s tracks.
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With the rankings out, and unchanged since June 2009, Thai Again (Token Prince ~ Thia Magic) still leads the Australian dam rankings with 41 points from Al Fresco (32), Roxy Reason (25), Texan Lady (23) and Tranquil Goddess equal with Go Shoopa on 20 points.
As seems to be the case this year, the majority of leading dams have failed to throw litters in years gone by that produced multiple group class greyhounds and the majority of dams in the Australian dam rankings are their by virtue of only one son or daughter.
Continue reading Thai Again Australia’s Leading Greyhound Dam, Again
As was the problem with the AGRA rankings for racing greyhounds, the Australian greyhound sire rankings haven’t changed since July 2009 due to a lack of group racing finals.
Again, we hope that while the AGRA enjoy their annual junket at Cannington this week, they might sit down and talk about some of the shortcomings of their current system regarding how they ackowledge the best in the country. Under the current system, the State National Distance Championship and State National Sprint Championship winners weren’t even recognised, nor their sires or dams.
So, as the rankings are unchanged from July 2009, all we can really do is compare them to June 2009 to get some idea of emerging trends in the sires ranks.
Continue reading Collision Australia’s Top Greyhound Sire To August 2009
AGRAâ€™s Greyhound of the Month for August 2009 is Western Australian stayer Red Shilling. The former Victorian has been in scintillating form since she made her way to the west in February where she won first up over 715 metres at Cannington.
Since that first win at Cannington she has won six races over the 642 and another six over the 715 including the heat and final of the state National Distance Championship.
Red Shilling goes into next weekâ€™s national final as the greyhound to beat as no dog is racing better over the 715 at Cannington than the red fawn bitch by Big Daddy Cool.
Continue reading WA Stayer Red Shilling Named Greyhound Of The Month