Destini Fireball Drawn To Beat Miata In Superstayers Final

Destini Fireball will be aiming for back-to-back Group 1 victories at The Meadows after drawing box one in the Macro Meats Superstayers over 725 metres next Saturday night.

The son of Where’s Pedro and Greys Destiny was easily the fastest heat winner, rocketing to a brilliant seven and three quarters win in 42.39, his personal best time over the half-mile journey.

Trained by Norm Rinaldi, Destini Fireball is unbeaten at five attempts over 725 metres (including victory in last week’s Group 1 Zoom Top), and will again take on the likes of champion Miata, who brought the house down with a huge win in the last heat of the night.

The West Australian star made it 41 wins from 49 starts with an amazing come from behind victory, spotting early tearaway leader Xylia Allen (near record splits of 15.80 and 29.38) more than 10 lengths before storming to victory in 42.81. If Miata takes out next week’s final, she would push her prizemoney to over $790,000.

The other heat was taken out by the brilliant Proven Impala, scoring at her 725-metre debut at The Meadows with an all the way win in 42.59. The daughter of Velocette and Thanks Blue took out last week’s Group 1 Rookie Rebel and would push her prizemoney to over $285,000 if victorious.

Next Saturday night will also see the running of the Group 1 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup, worth $250,000 to the winner. Entry is free and former Australian Idol star Jessica Mauboy will be part of a huge night of entertainment next Saturday night.

2013 Superstayers Final Box Draw

$100,000 to the winner. Group 1. (525m)
Box 1 – Destini Fireball – Emilio Rinaldi – 42.39
Box 2 – Double Jeopardy – Jeff Britton – 42.73
Box 3 – Mission Complete – Michelle Mallia-Magri – 42.87
Box 4 – Xylia Allen – Graeme Bate – NBT
Box 5 – Erica Allen – Andrea Dailly – 42.92
Box 6 – Irma Bale – Graeme Bate – 42.82
Box 7 – Proven Impala – Joe Borg – 42.59
Box 8 – Miata – Paul Stuart – 42.37
1st res – Lektra Scarlett – Andrea Dailly – NBT
2nd res – Mimicking – Rob Britton – NBT

Proven Impala Takes The 2013 Group 1 Rookie Rebel

The Joe Borg-trained Proven Impala once again highlighted her class with a brilliant 34.22 win in the Group 1 Macro Meats Rookie Rebel over 600 metres at The Meadows.

The black chaser began well from her favourable draw of two, finding a position behind tearaway leader Cailyn Bale with a lap to run. With the leader carving out amazing splits of 8.85 and 21.82, Proven Impala stuck to her task, slowly wearing down Cailyn Bale in the home straight while holding off a late challenge from Metz Magic to win in a very fast 34.22.

The daughter of Velocette and Thanks Blue won the Group 1 event by three quarters of length ahead of Metz Magic, with Cailyn Bale a further two lengths away in third. Second favourite Jethro ($3.70) missed the start and chased the field home, finishing last.

Owned by Larissa Darragh, Proven Impala enhanced her record to 21 wins from 56 starts, improving her prizemoney tally to $178,820.

The Group racing continues at The Meadows next week with heats of the Group 1 Macro Meats Superstayers (725 metres) and heats of the Group 1 Maurice Blackburn Lawyers Australian Cup, this year worth $250,000 to the winner.

Proven Impala Winning 2013 Group 1 Rookie Rebel

Johnson Predicts Bright Future For Litter Mates

Greyhound trainer Gary Johnson is predicting a good future for litter-brothers Buckle Up Myke and Buckle Up Kade, which both greeted the judge at the Tote Racing Centre on Monday night.

By Velocette from the former top stayer Buckle Up Tina, both chasers were impressive in winning their respective events and are scheduled to race again at Tattersalls Park tonight.

Buckle Up Myke has now won seven races for owner Robyn Johnson and on Monday night accounted for the very smart chasers Zavance Man and Olwyn in the Jet Pets Animal Transport Invitation.

“We received a decent offer for him recently, but have decided not to sell and his immediate future will be in 600 metre events,” Johnson explained.
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Johnson Kennel Firing On All Cylinders

Leith greyhound trainer Gary Johnson’s kennel is enjoying an extraordinary run of success, it having produced the winners of six races in the space of a week.

“We all have those runs – your luck will be out for months and then it will turn around and the winners start to come, thank goodness for that,” he said this week.

Litter-sisters Li Li and Tiny Tilly, both from the highly successful Head Bound – It’s A She litter, have been the stars of the team and appear likely to continue winning while in their present form.
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Race Record Falls As Glen Gallon Flies

Star Queenslander, Glen Gallon provided the highlight run of the Perth Cup heats, when flying around the 530m Cannington trip in 29.87.The run enters the books as the fastest time ever recorded during a Perth Cup series, replacing High Earner’s previous best of 29.93 during his successful 2010 campaign.

What made the performance even more impressive was the way he went about it. It wasn’t simply a ping-and-win affair, as the events of the first 100 metres would no doubt have cost him some time overall and could have been made a lot worse.

Jumping from the awkward six alley, Glen Gallon was one of the last away, and soon took a path heading towards the rail. It was at that time that Big Jo King shifted inwards causing Or Else, who had drawn box one, to fall heavily. Big Jo King then came out and clipped Glen Gallon, but instead of hesitating, the powerful fawn chaser kept his mind on the job and burst through to find the front, going 5.71 for the first section.
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Track Record Breakers Secure Final Two Spots In Sandown Shootout

As speculated here on Australian Racing Greyhound, 2011 Topgun winner Allen Harper, and 2011 Golden Easter Egg winner and 2011 Topgun runner up Radley Bale were morals to be included in the elite four to contest the $40,000 to the winner Sandown Shootout; and the selection panel have confirmed that position by naming them in the Shootout field tonight.

Allen Harper comes into the Group 3 feature on the back of his last start win in the Group 1 Sky Racing Topgun, and has already won more than $200,000 in just 20 career starts. The two time Group 1 winner has yet to race at Sandown Park but does boast a 29.58 seconds best time at Wentworth Park, 29.82 at the Meadows, and 29.47 at Angle Park. Trained by master mentor Graeme Bate, Allen Harper will join kennel mate Radley Bale as Bate attempts to win a second Macro Meats Shootout, following his success with Velocette in 2009.

Radley Bale has been one of the best chasers of 2011, having won the Golden Easter Egg in April, and running second in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup and Group 1 Top Gun in his last two starts. Radley Bale has won 32 races in his 83 start career – 17 of which in the best time of the night – and has 11 wins from 25 starts at Sandown Park. Radley Bale boasts an impressive best time of 29.29 at Sandown Park.
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Horsham’s Time To Shine With Cup Heats This Wednesday

The country cups circuit swings into Horsham Wednesday night with six heats of the Group 2 Exchange Hotel Horsham Cup. The short series, which concludes with Sunday Night’s final, always attracts a high quality field looking to tame the long straights of the 480m layout.

Finishing second in last year’s final, Enry Walt’s strong racing style is suited by the Horsham track and he is the highlight of a very good first heat. Starting from four, with a vacant box on his outer, Enry Walt should get the galloping room he needs to put himself in the finish. In a race which all seven entrants could win without surprising, you would have to suggest the box draw suits Leprechaun Chloe and Stanford Bale from two and eight respectively.

After a game third placing in the Australian Cup final, Mid Levels gets a chance to continue its good form. Drawing the red box, she should lead all the way trainer Peter Giles. Lethal Power looks the immediate danger from the outside draw, especially after recent provincial wins over Miss Bel Air and Marbro Man. Look for the ever-consistent Sandhog and Lektra Fly to be up near the top placings.

Smoke Home has proven himself as a serious contender after holding good form this year. Having his first look at the track but he has the class to progress through in heat three. Silent Guardian bounced back after a below-par run in his Australian Cup heat and will appreciate the space given to him in box eight. Salvador Bale never wastes box one while Flash Drive looks the classiest of the rest.

Greta Bale looked the hottest provincial dog in Victoria at one stage and should add another win to the tally here in heat four. With a repeat dose of her Ballarat Cup winning form, Greta Bale can make a strong presence in the series as a whole. Ed Pacino debuted at the track last week with a great win and will be dashing home at the end. Led Zeppelin can’t be discounted either after showing form in Group company interstate.

Heat five is arguably the most even heat with the middle boxes looking the most likely to take victory. Mint Power is a wonderfully bred youngster from the Darren McDonald Kennel who is more than capable. Malta is the strongest in the field but cannot afford to put a paw wrong in the early stages from box four. Old-timer Birthday Boy keeps running good races and rarely runs poorly at Horsham. Best of the others look to be Where’s Hannibal and Lektra Express.

Moving onto the final heat where Blazing Chaos has the red draw. Likely to be giving away a start, Blazing Chaos has shown in recent efforts that he is back to the form that saw him represent Queensland in the 2010 National Sprint Final. Also needing a return to form is Radley Bale for Graeme Bate. He has been costly in his past two runs but gets a chance to atone if it can get luck from an ordinary draw. Hot Grille, Gaelic Bale, and Vee Best Vane look the most likely to make up the minor placings along with the veteran, Amakler Girl.

The winners of the six heats will join the two fastest seconds for a chance to grab the $28,000 Group 2 Horsham Cup title for 2011. Our Toyman was the 2010 champion while Velocette who won in 2009.

AGRA Greyhound Of The Year Awards

At a gala AGRA Awards night held on the infield of the Cannington race Complex in West Australia the Australian Greyhound Racing Association last Friday night announced Cindeen Shelby the winner of the 2009 AGRA Australian Greyhound of the Year.

It was a night of nights on the National scene with Delegates and club members coming together from all over Australia to celebrate the AGRA Awards night with all the stars under stars.

Hosted by GreyhoundsWA the association’s team is led by CEO David Simonette and Chairman Pat Tassell. They staged a unique and glittering affair out in the open and have certainly set the bench mark for the other states to follow in the years to come.
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Prankster Named AGRA December 2009 Greyhound Of The Month

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

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

Prankster carried that solid form into his heat of the 1000 and looked impressive with a commanding win first up on the Hobart track recording 26.34 on December 10th.
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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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Velocette Officially Retired To Stud

Champion sprinter Velocette – named after an iconic English motorcycle marque – has pulled in for a permanent racing pit stop.

He sustained a dropped back muscle in a heat of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup on November 19 and subsequently has been retired to stud.

A winner of five Group races, including the Group 1 Australian Cup, Velocette took Lara owner breeder Ron McCullagh on the ride of his life.
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Turanza Bale Named As November Run Of The Month

AGRA’s Run of the Month for November 2009 has been awarded to brilliant Victorian sprinter Turanza Bale. In a breathtaking performance the Graeme Bate trained speedster recorded a new track record at the Meadows on November the 2nd when he took out the Group 3 Silver Bullet in 29.61.

The talented black sprinter who had made a number of Group finals without winning overcame a moderate beginning to muster quickly and smash one of Australia’s most sought after mantles – The Meadows track record. Running home in 11.90, Turanza Bale shaved 0.01 off Big Daddy Cool’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.
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Amity Bale Is November’s Greyhound Of The Month

AGRA’s Greyhound of the Month for November 2009 is New South Wales owned and Victorian trained stayer Amity Bale. The outstanding Graeme Bate trained black bitch has had a sensational five months of racing and capped it off by winning two Group 2 finals and finishing third in another in the month of November.

November started with a super win in the final of the Group 2 Hume Cup not only did she win the final effortlessly by broke the Meadows track record in the process. Next it was back to Wentworth Park for the heats of the Summer Cup she had no trouble making yet another final winning in the fastest time of the night 42.14.

In the final a week later she had to work hard but once in the lead she raced away to win her sixth Group race in a row holding off the fast finishing Forty Twenty.
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Lord Ducal Takes Out Greyhound Racing’s Biggest Prize

Devon Meadows husband and wife team Jon and Jenny Roberts took out Australia’s richest and most prestigious greyhound race, the $250,000 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park tonight.

“It’s unbelievable,” said triumphant trainer Jon.

“I’ve been in greyhounds a long time and I never thought this would happen.”
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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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Melbourne Cup Heats All Break 30 Seconds

Mr. Moorooduc ran the second fastest Solo Melbourne Cup heat time in the race’s 54 year history in a scintillating night of racing at Sandown Park tonight.

Beginning well from box 2, Mr. Moorooduc ($3.90) was never threatened, racing away to defeat fast finishing favourite Birthday Boy ($3.70F) by five lengths in a stunning 29.57 seconds.

Joining the white and brindle speedster in the $250,000 final is dual country cup winner Remo Rubik.
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2009 Melbourne Cup Preview And Form Analysis

After the high drama and remarkable scenes that dominated last years Melbourne Cup Fiasco, both during and after the race; the Sandown Greyhound Racing Club will hopeful this years series will be remembered purely for the greyhound racing action.

Eight heats of Group 1 racing face us tonight from the Lightwood Road track, with most of Australia’s best credentialed greyhounds lining up for a shot at one of Australia’s most prestigious greyhound races.

Of the top sprinting greyhounds in the AGRA rankings that haven’t retired, only High Earner and Nova Surf** are missing from the lineups. High Earner was never considered for the series after a sub-optimal trial last week and the dog has subsequently shown a blood irregularity.
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2009 Melbourne Cup Pre Post Market Released

Sportsbet have released the pre post market for tonight’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup heats at Sandown Greyhound Racing Club and there is some substantial value on offer and from a casual glance it is a much fairer market than that showing at TAB Sportsbet which is way unders.

Anyone signing up for a new Sportsbet account is entitled to our $200 Free Bet Bundle by using our Sportsbet Code 27110.

The Sportsbet Free Bet Bonus Code 27110 is simply the best that the racing and sport betting industry has to offer. The code will get new players a massive $200 Free Bet Bundle at Australia’s leading sportsbook, Sportsbet.
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Bate And McDonald Search For Their Fourth Melbourne Cup

Sixty four of the nation’s finest greyhounds will battle it out for the richest prize in Australian greyhound racing this Thursday night with the heats of the $250,000 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park.

Thursday night’s races feature arguably the finest array of canine talent ever assembled for a Group race series.

The combined winners of 976 races and over $5.6m in prizemoney, the fields feature 20 greyhounds that have tasted Group race success (eight at Group 1 level), and hold a total of 41 Group race titles (12 at Group 1).
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Melbourne Cup Heats Thursday 19th November 2009

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Macro Meats The Shootout Thursday 12th November 2009

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Sport 927 Silver Bullet Monday 2nd November 2009

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Amity Bale And Turanza Bale Salute In Style

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 – 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 Australia’s most sought after mantles – The Meadows track record. Running home in 11.90, Turanza Bale shaved 0.01 off Big Daddy Cool’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.
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Cindeen Shelby Named AGRA October Greyhound Of The Month

AGRA’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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