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Paws Of Thunder winner Fancy Will with Anthony Azzopardi. The brilliant sprinter will bypass the TOPGUN and be set for the Group 2 Lismore Cup heats scheduled for October 18.
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AT WENTWORTH PARK last Saturday night, Anthony Azzopardi claimed his third Group 1 title when Fancy Will scored a determined victory in the Greyhound Recorder Paws Of Thunder. This young man has really made his mark on Group racing, producing strong, honest chasers to perform at their best in elite company. The Azzopardi runner may not always be the fastest dog in the race, but they do the little things right when it matters. This $100,000 to winner final was the most open Group 1 in years, with every runner having support, and that was reflected with a wide-open betting market that saw Allen Harper start favourite at 3/1. The start of the 520 metres journey was always going to be crucial, particularly for the outside drawn
NSW Ron Arnold division, and boxrise saw Fancy Will step really well from the rails box, as too did Allen Hertz from box two, going stride for stride into the first corner. At this stage the wider drawn dogs were gone, as they could not get across and were never going to give the leaders any start. With the two inside drawn runners heading to the back in front, the only other runner to give supporters any hope was the white vested Oaks Road, who had slotted-in on the fence
in the early part then chased the leaders into the back straight. With the aid of the inside, Fancy Will held Allen Hertz at bay and by the top corner had pinched a small break, while Oaks Road was looming large but needing that crucial run. The trio bunched coming to the home corner, with Oaks Road angling between the other, but the gap was not quite wide enough and both Oaks Road and Allen Hertz collided. This gave Fancy Will one last break and the 31kg chaser kicked clear again. As they neared the post both Oaks Road and Allen Hertz rebalanced and charged again, but under “hard riding” from his trainer, Fancy Will held his nerve and grabbed victory by a length to Oaks Road, with a half head to third placed Allen Hertz.
Clocking 30.02 when notching his fourth win at the Glebe venue, Fancy Will, a son of Where’s Pedro and Sweet Fancy, is owned by the Will Power Syndicate, a group of guys based at Lithgow who have hotel and restaurant interests. To date the blue chaser has had 32 career starts for nine wins and 16 placings. Oaks Road (Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Pace), trained by Mark Gatt, after 26 starts has eight wins and 15 placings, whilst Allen Hertz (Collision x Clementine Bale) from the Wheeler/Bate team has had 39 career starts for 12 wins and 19 placings.
Collerson goes to Cowra
Where there’s a will, there’s a way. A big group of supporters joined Anthony Azzopardi trackside at Wentworth Park on Saturday night after the 2011 Paws Of Thunder winner Fancy Will landed his first Group 1 event.
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PART OF THE ACTION on the night included “The Collerson”, named after legendary greyhound journo, Jeff Collerson, who is in his 49th year of covering the greyhounds for Sydney’s newspapers owned under the Packer and Murdoch banner. The bookies were the happiest on the track when $30 chance, Dana Bel gave them a big result by scoring a narrow victory. From box four, Dana Bel did it all right in the early part and led from Sienna’s Delight, with Mr. Clydesdale wide on the track. Prince Diablo was in trouble from box eight and never raised the hopes of his supporters. From the top bend it was a race in
two, with Dana Bel leading and Mr. Clydesdale trying to rein her in. But Dana Bel turned for home in front, while Mr. Clydesdale switched back to the inside and made a late charge. However, Dana Bel held on by a head to beat Mr. Clydesdale in 30.06, with the winner’s kennelmate, Good Thing third, two and three quarter lengths away. By Collide out of Dana Betty, Dana Bel and Good Thing, both trained by Rod McDonald at Cowra. Dana Bel having raced on 71 occasions for 15 wins and 22 placings for earnings now in excess of $50,000. Good Thing has had 59 career starts for 22 wins and 20 placings, whilst Mr. Clydesdale (Knocka Norris x Takeover Teddy), trained by Rob McColm, has recorded nine wins and eight placings from 24 starts.
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SINCE winning a Grade 5 heat of a classy series at Sandown in August, Angela Langton has taken her middle distance star to nation’s capital for the Canberra Cup and then to Wentworth Park for the just completed Paws Of Thunder.
And whilst Push The Paint was beaten by Rewind at Sandown then ran third to Prince Diablo at Canberra and was run out in a semi-final of the POT, he was in his element at The Meadows last Saturday night. After beginning fast from the two
trap in the 600 metres Le Pine Funerals Mixed 4th/5th Grade, Push The Paint was beaten for early pace, as Galaxy High took them past the post the first time in 9.11, with Ed Pacino near enough if good enough. Down the back Push The Paint ($8.80) took closer order and had run to the front by the next checkpoint, clocking 22.16 before opening a handy break. With Barry Blowout and Bling It On finishing well, the gap was quickly reduced in the run to the judge. Making it a double for Langton, Push The Paint held on to beat Bling It On ($2.60 fav) by three quarters of a length in Best Of Night 34.90, with Barry Blowout ($9.90) next past the post, two and a half lengths further adrift. Notching his first win at the trip when on debut for the Champagne Push The Paint continues the great run for Angela Langton’s kennel with Syndicate, the son of Where’s Pedro and Creative Spice has contested 51 a strong win at his 600 metres debut at The Meadows on the weekend. races gathering 13 wins, 20 placings and a tad over $60,000 in stakes. ANGELA had sampled success earlier on when $2.70 favourite, Karanji enjoyed the rails draw and was far too good for his rivals in the TAB Grade 5. Very much in-form with two good recent victories at Sandown working in his favour, Karanji wasn’t well served at boxrise, settling down fourth on the rail behind the pacesetting Bitten in 5.10 a lap out. Interference occurred rounding Simply Charlie broke through for his first success at The Meadows after the first bend that presented a posting three consecutive provincial wins during September. charmed run for Karanji, who was hot on the leader’s heels coming off the back. After Bitten chimed-in with a 17.97 split he found bother nearing the final turn and Karanji sprinted to the front. Racing away over the (Brett Lee x Cosmic Goddess) concluding stages, the son 55 STARTS : 23-9-7 of Bombastic Shiraz and Sionara Baby passed the post six and a half lengths clear of the luckless Bitten ($4.20), running the 525 metres trip in 30.28, while there was just over a length to third placed Bullicourt Dylan ($3.70). Also raced by the Champagne Syndicate, Karanji opened his account at the Broadmeadows layout, whilst after his 12th lifetime start his record reveals five wins and three placings. FASTEST SHOOTOUT WINNER PARTNER of Angela Langton, Jeff Britton took EVER SANDOWN IN 29.33 out the Meadows ConferGROUP WINS ence Centre Grade 5 via the efforts of Lucy’s Rose. • 2010 Group 2 Warrnambool Cup Stepped up to the 525 • 2010 Group 3 Shootout metres at The Meadows GROUP PLACINGS following a 460 metres • 2d 2010 Group 1 National Sprint Championship (Angle Park) win at Warragul, Lucy’s • 3rd 2010 Group 1 Paws Of Thunder Rose was alongside the GROUP FINALIST front running Queen Of • TOPGUN Cyprus in 5.13, with Pure • Ballarat Cup Show next into the initial • The Dawson bend. Along the back it was STUD FEE : $880 Frozen - $1,500 Natural Lucy’s Rose in charge, and after she’d paused the timer at 17.93, she ran to the line a length and three quarters ahead Rocky Ridge Farm : Dressed in the stripe Sam : vest, the daughter of Head Bound and Lucille’s Ball or Louise : clocked a new PB 30.41 when defeating Queen Of
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Cyprus and Pure Show. Raced by the Blitzem Racing Syndicate, Lucy’s Rose has won half of her four Meadows outings, whilst career-wise she’s secured seven times with three placings from 22 attempts.
Charlie’s in charge POSSESSING good country form heading into the 525 metres Sky Racing Mixed 4th/5th Grade, Simply Charlie cut towards the rail, and although he led in 5.09, Walter Bale was hugging the rail, while Mamie Bale and Limburg Gold were close at hand heading to the first bend. There wasn’t much separating Simply Charlie and Walter Bale as they traversed the back straight, and at the end of the next phase Walter Bale held a one length advantage in 18.13. A $5.20 chance sporting the pink singlet, Simply Charlie was by no means a spent force, toughing it out all the way to the line. The Paddy Twohig owned son of Where’s Pedro and Paddy’s Ember did fractionally too well and won by a head to the popular elect, Stack ’Em Flat, who came from last to grab the runner-up cheque, with Walter Bale occupying third spot.
Trained at Tanjil South by Peter Giles, Simply Charlie has faced the starter 32 times for a 12 wins and 12 placings whilst last weekend he notched his first success at the Northcorp Boulevard raceway.
Radley’s return JUST PRIOR to The Meadows embarking on their TOPGUN and Silver Bullet sprint features, it is good to see that honest chaser, Radley Bale has regained his best form. Following-on from a fast win at Sandown, the red fawn racer cut down to the rail from the seven gate and registered 5.11 to lead Dyna Tron at the post the first time. From thereon the son of Big Daddy Cool and Minkara Bale was never caught. Having run 17.83 down the back, Radley Bale proved too god for Shintaro Samurai in Best Of Night 30.03, while powerful railer, No Justice finished third ahead of Dyna Tron. It was the fourth victory from 10 starts at the northern suburbs layout for the Paul Wheeler owned Radley Bale, and the February 2008 whelp’s 30th win after 80 career runs. -Allan Hawkswell
Radley Bale is one of Australia’s best sprinters and the fawn chaser was never going to be beaten at The Meadows on October 1.
TRAINERS of 30 of the best greyhounds across Australia have been sent a first-round invitation to nominate their stars for this year’s Group 1 Sky Racing TOPGUN to be run at The Meadows on October 22, worth $125,000 to the winner. In a clear sign of their quality, the first-round invitees (listed below) have won over $3.1 million on the racetrack, with further riches available in Australia’s greatest “by invitation only” spectacular in less than four weeks time. The Meadows Manager, Marg Long said the 2011 version of Group 1 Sky Racing TOPGUN promises to be a fantastic race. “What a great list of chasers with an almost endless supply of Group victories and track records among the quality greyhounds.” “The final field promises to be full of amazing quality, and we can’t
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wait for October 22 to come around.” The first-round invitees include a lion’s share from Victoria and New South Wales, with 15 and nine representatives respectively, with Queensland (three), Tasmania (two) and Western Australia (one) rounding out the list. The final field for the Group 1 Sky Racing TOPGUN will be announced on track at The Meadows on October 8 (Saturday night meeting), with the box draw to take place at headquarters on October 15, also during a Saturday night meeting at the track. Please note: The panel also have a poli cy wher eby ex ceptional performances by a greyhound between the first and second TOPGUN panel meetings may justify the extension of a late invitation.
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THOSE KIWIS don’t know a bargain when they see one. At least that’s what top Queensland trainer, Tom Tzouvelis reckons. Tom is just back from a rushed trip to the South Island of New Zealand with a greyhound called Marshall Star. He went there for the Sister Cities Cup final in earthquake-ravaged Christchurch. Marshall Star drew poorly and never got into the race, finishing fifth behind Another Dollar, beaten almost eight lengths. Tom liked the run. But, apparently the Kiwis didn’t. Whilst in New Zealand, Tom thought he would take the opportunity to sell Marshall Star. “I got a couple of offers, but none for the money I wanted, so the dog came home,” said Tom. And at Albion Park last Thursday night he won a 520 metres Fifth Grade by six and three quarter lengths. Marshall Star (Bombastic Shiraz Ice Sind) led throughout to win. “His run in New Zealand was pretty good, as he drew poorly bumped with one of the other runners all the way around the track.” “He travelled well there and back, and I decided to do nothing with him after the flight home.” Marshall Star drew perfectly at Albion Park last Thursday night with the rails alley and never looked likely to be beaten when he began brilliantly and led throughout in 30.22. He scored by a widening six and three quarter lengths to Degas Vegas, with a length and a half to Mystical Duk third. Marshall Star ran at Albion Park last Monday night, and Tzouvelis will give him 10 days off before coming back for another Thursday night race. He has now won eight races in 44 starts, all at Albion Park. Long-time friend and kennel client, Mick Balderson shares in the syndicate that owns Marshall Star. Three runs back Marshall Star had drawn the rails when beaten three lengths into second behind Group 1 National Sprint winner, Metz Magic in the Albion Park heat of the Sister Cities Cup. It was pretty good form for a lowly Fifth Grade at Albion Park last Thursday night, and Marshall Star didn’t let punters down. Tom was wondering if those Kiwis, who declined to buy him, were watching the race.
Royal Cup plans GARY CLARKE reckons that Royal Oscar would be a special greyhound around a track like Maitland. But Gary also knows there is little chance the dog will ever race there. Northern Rivers galloper, Royal Oscar will be given his chance to
QLD David Brasch contest the Group 2 Lismore Gold Cup series. Kyogle owner trainer, Clarke said this after the son of Black Enforcer and Best Pins had led throughout to win a 520 metres Fifth Grade at Albion Park last Thursday night. He ran 30.41 and scored by a length and a quarter over the fast finishing but luckless Here’s To You, with a nose to third placed Leadfoot Katie. Clarke admits that Royal Oscar is much better suited to a one-turn track, but he’s such a bad traveller that Gary cannot contemplate taking him away. “Maitland would suit him perfectly but it would be no good taking him there because he would make a mess of himself on the trip,” he said. Royal Oscar has been a great buy for Clarke, winning nine races and being placed in 12 of his 35 starts. “I bought him as a pup from Gary Peel,” said Gary. “I like the breed, and I’ve bought a pup from Best Pins’ litter to Collision. “The trouble is they all like to get wide in their races.” Royal Oscar is desperate for a wide box. “In 35 starts he has drawn box eight only twice,” said Gary. “I’ll bring him back next week to Albion Park and then go to the Lismore Cup heats after that.” “He deserves his chance.” Royal Oscar drew the four box and hot favourite, Here’s To You was charging up to get to the front at the first turn when Royal Oscar started to get off the track. Here’s To You was turned sideways. Royal Oscar dashed away, and it proved to be a winning break. “That’s racing,” said Gary.
Breathe Cody! HOPE and Travis Elson breathed a sigh of relief when Miss Cody led throughout to win at Albion Park last Thursday night. The youthful couple has been concerned about their star bitch. The daughter of Surf Lorian and Domaaf has gone through a form slump in recent weeks and Travis decided to give her a short break from racing. Miss Cody led throughout to win a 520 metres Fifth Grade by a neck over Runaway Rebel, with three quarters of a length to Gozo’s Gift third. Hope and hubby, Travis race the top class bitch, who took her record
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Holler for a Marshall. Donna Stodart and Marshall Star after the black chaser led all the way at Albion Park on September 29, recoding splits of 5.76 amd 17.49 in his new 30.22PB victory. to seven wins and three seconds from 15 starts with the victory. Hope held her breath for just as long as Miss Cody. By the time Miss Cody arrived in the catching pen at Albion Park last Thursday night she wasn’t in as good condition as Hope. “She’s a dog that holds her breath from the moment she jumps from the boxes until she gets to the catching pen,” said Hope. “Tonight it affected her.” The bitch collapsed in the catching pen. While it takes only a few minutes for her to recover, it was a concern for the Elson kennel last Thursday night. The bitch was also slightly underdone for the race. “We gave her a couple of weeks off and tossed her in tonight’s race,” said Travis. “She had done nothing at all for those two weeks and was underdone for the race.” That’s why Hope was concerned. Immediate plans for the bitch are up in the air. “We will wait for a few days to see how she recovers, and especially she how she gets over the catching pen problem,” said Travis. “She certainly had gone off the boil lately.” “We are just happy to see her back in form.” Miss Cody was a noted brilliant beginner when at her best early in her career. She had been missing the start in recent runs. Last Thursday night she began quickly and led, but the Elsons were concerned her condition would give out. It didn’t. That came later… in the catching pen.
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WHERE’S PANCHO rounded out his preparation for the Group 1 Adelaide Cup in fine style at Angle Park last Thursday night when the Richard Pearce trained speedster won the Adelaide Cup Prelude. Poorly drawn in box seven yet sent out at $4.60 in a strong field that included favourite, Random Test ($2.90), Where’s Pancho made his own luck early by jumping well and showing sizzling speed to lead easily over Bad Boy Pedro through the first turn. Showing the way by a couple of lengths in the back straight, Where’s Pancho was making every post a winner and reached the top turn still holding a two lengths break over Bad Boy Pedro. Rounding the final bend under pressure from Bad Boy Pedro and Rawson Reason, who was closing fast, Where’s Pancho responded well and held his rivals at bay over the closing stages. A son of Where’s Pedro and Excuse Me, he crossed the line three quarters of a length clear of Bad Boy Pedro in 30.17, while Rawson Reason was a close third. A prolific winner who’s had his share of bad luck, Where’s Pancho took his record to 24 wins and 11 placings from 43 career starts. GOLD TIGER returned to his winning best at Angle Park last Thursday night when he took out the Kelsey Building Maintenance Free For All for trainer, Lesley Sermon. A $9.00 chance from box three, behind race favourite, Point Two Over ($2.35), Gold Tiger began fast and hugged the rail, settling second
SA Paul Rehmann behind Ruarc Entity through the first turn. Tracking Ruarc Entity closely down the back straight, Gold Tiger looked set to pounce when reaching the top turn camped on the leader’s heels. Railing hard through the final bend and straightening for home with a share of the lead, Gold Tiger finished the race off well. Drawing clear over the closing stages, the son of Collide and Sweet Babe Blue scored by a length and a half to Ruarc Entity in a fastest of the night 29.99 gallop, with Jessenia Bale making good ground in third place.
Napalm burns NAPALM BALE ‘burnt’ favourite backers by saluting at big odds for trainer Shaun Matcott in the Heat N Tint Mixed 4th/5th Grade at Angle Park last Thursday night. A reserve runner coming from the five gate, Napalm Bale ($31) jumped fast but was beaten for early pace and settled down third through the first turn, where Where’s Cisco showed the way . Dropping back to fourth along the back straight, Napalm Bale looked to have a tough job ahead as he reached the top turn still fourth and four lengths behind leader, Where’s Cisco.
Rail hugger: Gold Tiger worked hard for his one and a half lengths victory in the 515 metres Free For All, clocking Best Of Night 29.99 at South Australia’s premier greyhound venue last week.
Adelaide Cup Trials The excitement is building up to next week’s series with a couple of Interstaters trialling yesterday and tonight as a lead up to the Group 1 Adelaide Cup heats on October 6. Yesterday Victorian trainer Jamie Ennis trialled a couple of his outstanding chasers in the one trial before the first race at Angle Park. They were Dino Ferrari who beat Strong Intention by 4¾ lengths over the 515m. It was a rain effected track with Dino Ferrari running a handy 4.52,17.02, 30.07 and Strong Intention 30.40. Bosco Stamenkovic trialled Midget Farrelly from New South Wales for Pavka Stamenkovic during the meeting who went nicely over the 515m running 4.64,17.24,30.17.
Port Augusta back on Melbourne Cup Day Approval has now been given for the Port Augusta Greyhound Racing
SA KENNEL CAPERS Club to continue racing in the 2011/2012 season with their first date due to be Melbourne Cup Day Tuesday 1st November. This is a great day for Port Augusta to return as Melbourne Cup Day in past years has been very well patronaged in the North. They will race as Non TAB meetings with approximately one meeting programmed every month. The club was hopeful to have started in October but due to various factors this was unable to be achieved. Nominations for the meeting on Tuesday 1st November will close with GRSA at 9.00am on Thursday 27th October. More dates for Port Augusta up until the end of the year are – Saturday night 3rd December, Saturday night 17th December.
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Switching out wide and moving through to third place through the final bend, Napalm Bale finished powerfully, swamping Where’s Cisco over the closing stages. The son of Big Daddy Cool and Fiona Bale won by a length to Where’s Cisco in a new personal best 30.21, while Mr. Winkler made late ground for third. KALDEN KOMOTO ran fastest time of the night at Angle Park last Thursday when he took out the H Barber West Lakes Grade 5 for trainer, Troy Murray. Nicely drawn in box two and starting the $1.50 popular elect, Kalden Komoto jumped safely and showed good pace on the rail to hold the early lead over Set The Drag through the first turn. Leading by a couple of lengths down the back straight, Kalden Komoto was under pressure at the top turn, with Set The Drag closing to be within a length. Rounding the final bend with Set The Drag in full flight, Kalden Komoto found plenty straightening for home and kicked away over the closing stages. The son of Premier Fantasy and Pamela Rose coasted home nearly three lengths clear of the gallant Set The Drag in a new personal best 29.86, with My Boy Pedro holding down third place.
Mayhem in Strath Cup KALDEN MAYHEM added the Strathalbyn Cup to his impressive resume by winning the final for trainer, Troy Murray last Sunday. Posting a track record time of 30.88 in his heat win two weeks ago, Kalden Mayhem was all the rage in betting, starting the $1.90 favourite ahead of his kennelmates, Kalden Kamikaze ($3.00) and Aston Elite ($5.00). Poorly drawn in box six, Kalden Kamikaze began fairly and rode a check shortly after the start to settle down fourth through the first turn, where Kalden Kamikaze was in charge. Holding his place behind new leader, Crafty Lucy down the back straight, Kalden Mayhem hit the accelerator and rushed into second place at the top turn. Railing past Crafty Lucy to take a clear lead through the final bend, Kalden Mayhem finished full of running. Careering away, the son of Big Daddy Cool and Abbadale Gold
THE Board of Greyhound Racing SA has announced that a new shortcourse trip will be implemented at Angle Park from November, with works due to commence in the weeks immediately ahead. The introduction of the new distance is a strategic response to the nomination pressure facing Wednesday meetings and reflects the Board’s view that the State’s premier venue must be sufficiently versatile to accommodate racing over all relevant distances. The scheduling of short-course racing at Angle Park will be restricted to Wednesday (day) meetings only and will not be utilised for the Monday or Thursday night timeslots. Track work will commence shortly in order to accommodate
Happy smiling faces at Angle Park: Richard Pearce and Narvette Treloar with Where’s Pancho, winner of last Thursday night’s 515 metres Adelaide Cup Prelude in which he recorded 30.17. posted a six and a half lengths victory over Crafty Lucy in best of day 31.05, while Aston Elite finished third. A likely starter in this week’s Group 1 Adelaide Cup heats, Kalden Mayhem took his record to 24 wins and 16 placings from just 54 career starts. The win also brought up back to back success in the Strathalbyn Cup for Murray, who trained the first five runners past the post in last year’s event that was won by Aston Rachael. JAKIAH BALE won the Cup Consolation for trainer, Lisa Rasmussen, after finishing fourth to Kalden Mayhem in a heat. Donning the pink vest and starting a $4.00 chance behind race favourite, Bandanna Lad ($1.60), Jakiah Bale jumped fairly and showed good acceleration to cross into third place through the first turn behind early leader, Bandanna Lad. Moving into second place along the back straight, around four lengths off the front, Jakiah Bale maintained
short course racing, under the supervision of leading Australian track design and engineering firm David Allan Consulting. The firm has been responsible for overseeing track work at a number of metropolitan and regional tracks interstate. The starting boxes will be slightly set back from the mid-point of the 1st and 2nd turns, and positioned to reflect the most current thinking in relation to the strategic placement of turn starts. The new distance measures out to approximately 390m. GRSA Chief Executive Officer Mr Matthew Corby said the GRSA Board believes short-course racing will enable the industry to utilise its existing racing stock to fulfill its commitments to the weekly Sky
her strong run to reach the top turn within two lengths of Bandanna Lad. Railing through to share the lead with Bandanna Lads through the final bend, Jakiah Bale finished full of running and came away for a top win. The daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Ambrosia Bale crossed the line three and three quarter lengths ahead of Bandanna Lad in 31.50, with Scotty Goes Red s close third.
Short course races GRSA has announced that short course racing will be available at Angle Park’s Wednesday meetings starting in November. Hopeful that the short course option will address the lack of nominations for the Wednesday meetings, work will commence shortly with new starting boxes to be installed and the distance to be somewhere around 390 metres. There are no plans for the new distance to race on Mondays or Thursdays, and it will only be utilized for the Wednesday day time meetings.
Racing schedule. “The recent introduction of stakemoney increases, support of local breeders, and the introduction of short-course racing at Angle Park, have all been designed to increase industry participation and maximise the racing opportunity for current and projected stocks, said Mr Corby. “At the same time, GRSA remains committed to developing a scheduling strategy that maximises the returns from Sky Racing to industry participants in SA. “The new start will also provide additional capacity for Angle Park to offset the temporary closure of regional tracks for programmed maintenance, major capital works or events such as the Gawler Show.”
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NOVICE TRAINER, Brendan Pursell looks set for a bright future in the industry, given the success that has come his way in the first three months of his training career. In Hobart last Thursday night his lightly raced dog, Lika Whisper scored a game win in the final of the M A Morgan St. Leger over 461 metres at Tattersall’s Park. The dog began brilliantly from box seven and eventually crossed to the fence nearing the top turn. The son of Solve The Puzzle extended his lead turning for home and then had enough in reserve to hold out the fast finishing Rob Pines, who rattled home along the rail but failed by nose. Lika Whisper made his way into the final with a sensational heat win in which he led throughout to score by over three lengths in quick time. Whilst his winning margin in the final was the narrowest possible, it was still a powerful victory as he did all the bullocking work in front and was there to be beaten at the business end of proceedings. The dog has had only four starts in Tasmania for three wins and a second, with this latest success taking his stake earnings to almost $8,000. Pursell has only been training greyhounds for just under three months but already has amassed five wins with his kennel of two, namely Lika Whisper and Cash Lyrics. “I’ve had an amazing start to my greyhound training career but there’s no doubt I’ve been lucky to get two handy dogs first-up,” Pursell said. “I’ve spent most of my life with pacers, but about two years ago I wanted a change so I just packed it in (harness training).”
Tassie Peter Staples “One of my owners wanted to get out of horses, so we started up a car wash business and that got to a stage where it pretty much runs on its own.” “I had more spare time on my hands so I decided to give greyhound training a go.” “I’ve always had an interest in greyhounds, and I was lucky to have some good people around me who were willing to help me learn, in particular, Rod Ransley,” he said. Pursell spent nearly 25 years in the harness racing industry, firstly in his home state of Tasmania, where he worked with horses for three years before moving to Victoria when 16 years of age. “I was 13 when I went to work for Ian Thallan, before working with Maurice Keating, and I finally ended up at Wayne Rattray’s place.” “My big chance came when Victorian trainer, John McLean asked me to go and work for him, and I was four years with him before spending a year with Gavin Lang.” “I went out on my own when I was 21 and set up stables at a few places before making the big move back to Tassie in 2003,” he said. Pursell says the transition from harness to greyhounds has been easier than he expected. “I have always been a quick learner but I thought it would take a
lot longer to get into the swing of things.” “I’ve made a few mistakes along the way, and I’m sure I’ll make some more, but overall I’m happy with how things have progressed,” he said. The Pursell’s are big on family values, and Brendan says greyhound training has been just as good for their son, Blake. “Blake used to help me with the horses, but it got a bit daunting for him at times and he’d lose interest, but the greyhounds are a different story.” “Blake gets really involved with walking and feeding the dogs, as well as taking an interest in my training methods.” “When we got the two dogs in the kennel, Blake decided that Lika Whisper was his favourite, so he helps with the training of that dog and it gives him a keen interest,” he said. Pursell says a lot of the methodology he applied to harness training he also uses on greyhounds. “The key to successful horse training is looking after a horse’s well-being and identifying each horse’s idiosyncrasies so that you can apply suitable training technique.” “It is the same for greyhounds, but the big difference between the two is that you know a lot sooner if a dog is going to make it to the racetrack, and it’s also a lot cheaper to get to that stage,” he said. Pursell said he intends to expand the size of his team to up to six kennel tenants. “We’ve decided to build some new kennels, but I reckon I’ll never have any more than six at one time.”
Lika Whisper with Brendan and Blake Pursell after the former NSW chaser landed the M.A. Morgan St. Leger at Hobart on September 29. “That number would be manageable as a hobby trainer, and that’s all I want to be,” he said.
Still unbeaten MILLE GRACE expanded her owners’ run of wins in feature races when she outclassed a hot field in the Charmer Lodge Laurels final over 461 metres at Tattersall’s Park, Hobart last Thursday night. The Mick Stringer trained bitch again showed early brilliance to lead from box six and had set up a winning break by the time she reached the home turn. Irinka Julie made a late charge
over the concluding stages, but Stringer’s bitch dug deep and went on to win by a length and a half. Millie Grace, owned and raced by Karlene Cuthbertson and Sally Wilson, was having only her second start, with her only other outing resulting in a win in a Laurels heat. “She is a very smart bitch with good manners and that’s going to help her when she gets up in grade,” Stringer said. “She will improve with racing, so I’d say she has a bright future.” Millie Grace clocked 26.30 when winning a Laurels heat but she cut that down to 26.12 in the final.
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IN A HUGE weekend of sport, it was Wentworth Park that took centre stage last Friday night with an excellent 10-race card that attracted a good size, long weekend crowd. On a night blessed with a host of impressive efforts, particular notice was made of the win by God Star in a 520 metres 5th Grade heat. Trained by Ruth King, who has just returned from a well-deserved European family holiday, the rising four year-old handed in his best effort at headquarters, breaking the 30seconds mark for the first time at his 21st course appearance. Boxrise saw God Star step straight to the front from box three to lead Spring Ferrar and Nat’s The One into the first corner. It was obvious the clock was ticking over fast, as God Star went down the back with the two immediate
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Zippity do da chasers unable to make any impression. God Star turned for home with his fourth city win in sight and held his advantage strongly to the judge when downing Spring Ferrari by one and a quarter lengths in 29.92, with Nat’s The One a further five and three quarter lengths away third. God Star, by Collision from Toe Line, has now raced 66 times for 18 wins and 16 placings and $47,000 in earnings. Spring Ferrari (Bombastic Shiraz
God Star holds off Spring Ferrari at Wentworth Park on Saturday night in 29.92.
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THOSE “Zipping” siblings staged a super finish in the Centrebet Stake, with a narrow victory for Zipping Jewel over brother, Zipping Lad in a fast 42.11 over 720 metres. From the outset Zipping Jewel showed good pace from the rails alley to outpace Thrilling Frank into the first corner. Zipping Lad settled down midfield from box seven draw but had room to manoeuvre. In the straight the first time Zipping Jewel took up the lead, with Rambling Gypsy next and Zipping Lad had moved up, with his sister well in sight. The order stayed the same until they came down the side, where Zipping Lad started to hit top gear and reduced the leeway. The battle was intense down the home straight, with Zipping Jewel lifting and Zipping Lad charging home. Passing the post it was the ‘Jewel’ that defeated the ‘Lad’ by a head, with Rambling Gypsy a distant seven lengths away third. The quinella duo is by Malfoy out of Or Catra, with both being prepared for the Hallinan family by Jason Mackay. Zipping Jewel has now had 20 starts for 11 wins and three placings,
Zipping Jewel made it back to back wins at Wentworth Park with his weekend victory in 42.11. whilst her brother has contested 21 races for 12 wins and five placings. Trained by Ken Staines, Rambling Gypsy (Bank Manger x Silver Banquet) to date has had 80 career starts for 10 wins and 43 placings.
Very bright HAVING HER FIRST start in town, the Glenn Suter trained Floodlit is definitely worth following in coming weeks and a good race win is certainly on the cards. Floodlit is another superbly bred chaser, who’s from a 2008 litter of Where’s Pedro and Floodfawn. It’s a credit to her trainer that she is on the racetrack, as numerous issues have been met on the ride so far, with this being only her 10th race start. Exiting box four, Floodlit went
straight to the front and led clearly at the first bend. With slick sections, Floodlit opened a handy break down the back and continued in that dominant manner to record a powerful win. At the judge Floodlit had nine lengths to spare over John’s Dream in 30.10, with third p0laced Non Fiction a further three and a quarter lengths adrift. Floodlit has now won five times with three placings, and this win made it four victories in succession. John’s Dream (Knocka Norris x Awesome Opal), trained by Darrell John, has had 32 career starts for six wins and 12 placings, whilst Non Fiction (Give Me Five x Hannah Jane) from 10 starts has registered four wins and one placing for trainer, Ivan Hanna.
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Mepunga Nicky wins the Meticulous At Stud Oaks last week at Warragul .
Handler Paul Burke with Meticulous At Stud Oaks winner Mepunga Nicky plus Warragul GM Sean Stanton after the brilliant bitch won the $7,000 to the winner puppy classic. Born, bred and reared by the squire of Allansford, Barry Smith, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Diamond came out running and led throughout the 460 metres event in a BON 25.96. A recent winner of the prestigious Group 3 SA Oaks, Mepunga Nicky is trained by Jeff Britton at Anakie and has now built up an impressive record of 11 wins from her 18 career starts to date.
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SA OAKS winner, Mepunga Nicky took out the final of the Meticulous Lodge Oaks over 460 metres on Tuesday, September 27. Sent to box one as favourite at $1.40, the white and black chaser scored by four and three quarter lengths over Best Perfume ($19.00), with the winner’s kennelmate, Lucy’s Rose ($6.30) picking up third money, a half length in arrears. Mepunga Nicky, who returned the new PB and BON time of 25.96 to make it 11 wins in 18 tries, was the second leg of a winning litter double for owner trainer combo of Barry Smith and Jeff Britton. Mepunga Geordie was the first leg of the litter double for Barry and Jeff, posting 25.99 when an all the way winner of heat two of the Top Cat Video St. Leger over 460 metres. The son of Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Diamond came from box four at $7.60 to get in by a half head over Wy Yung Tiger ($2.60 fav), with Dr Aye Jay ($59.60) 10¾ lengths further astern. There was a Grade 5 run over the 680 metres and More Moo took that out with a gallop of 39.84. Rated at $3.90 out of box three, the Charles Farrugia owned and trained stayer
scored by four and three quarter lengths over Ba Ba Boom ($2.00 fav), with Free Roll ($14.80) a length and a half back in third spot. More Moo, who’s won 11 of his 48 starts, is a son of Where’s Hoover and Jaymack. Cougar Ty led throughout to take out the final of the Restricted Win Stake over 400 metres. The white and blue sprinter came from box four at $2.90 to defeat Liquid Fix ($14.90) by three and three quarter lengths, with Beljay Blitz ($12.30) the next to arrive, a length and a half away. Cougar Ty, a son of Where’s Pedro and Mystic Gale, owned and trained by David Agius, stopped the clock at 22.91. Blazing Sky took time honours over the 400 metres by recording the new PB of 22.61 when an all the way winner of the Mixed 4th/5th Grade to remain unbeaten at the trip. The Tony Attard owned and trained sprinter came from box two as favourite at $1.70 to beat Lonely Delight ($3.80) by five lengths, with Pure Ink ($29.90) three and a quarter lengths back in third spot. A winner of eight of his 16 starts, Blazing Sky is a son of Big Daddy Cool and Renee’s Special. -Darryl Embling
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NEVILLE BROWN has Dana Travis going great guns, and the son of Big Daddy Cool was most impressive when winning the 600 metres Sportingbet Stake at Dapto last Thursday night. The 28kg chaser took the step up to middle distance at his previous start and has now made it back to back wins following this solid run. When the lids rose the centre drawn Miss Montgomery went straight to the front, with Dana Travis from box two away next from
NSW Ron Arnold Hockey Fan and Lizzie Taylor. That quartet stayed in the same order at the lap mark, however, Dana Travis started to warm to the task and applied pressure to the leader.
Down the back Dana Travis issued his challenge to Miss Montgomery and coming off the back he kicked away, with Travel Bug Miss running on from a long way back. Turning for home Dana Travis was nicely clear and maintained a strong advantage to the line, defeating the late finishing Travel Bug Miss in 34.84, while third placed Miss Montgomery was three quarters of a length further afield. Dana Travis is from an April 2009 litter of Dana Gretel and has
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now had 30 career starts for eight wins and 14 placings. Travel Bug Miss (Over Flo x Cokie Royal), trained by John Little, has faced the starter 32 times for seven wins and 12 placings, whilst Miss Montgomery (Bombastic Shiraz x Micro Lee), prepared by Jimmy Micallef, from 39 career starts has produced 11 wins with seven placings. RICHARD DEAN may have scaled-back his training operation over the past few years, and his forté was having the ability to get a dog out of the boxes quickly. Again this was the leading factor for Thai Champ, who led throughout in the Dapto Citizens Bowling Club Stake over 520 metres. Exiting box four, Thai Champ held out the speedy pair of Brandi Allen from box seven and Unplayable from the widest alley in the run to the first turn. Ticking over slick sections, Thai Champ opened a good lead to the back, with Brandi Allen trying to stay in touch, but the leader was looking solid. Nearing the home turn Thai Champ was still high flying and after making the final corner was untroubled, defeating Brandi Allen by three and three quarter lengths in a smart 30.02, with Unplayable holding on for third, a further three and a half lengths back. Thai Champ, superbly bred being by El Galo out of Thai Again, to date has had eight starts for three wins and three placings. Trained by Simon Rhodes, Brandi Allen (Collision x Olivia Al-
len) has had 14 starts for two wins and five placings, whilst Unplayable (Run The Risk x Wez Da Picnic), trained by Pauline Moran, after nine starts has snared two wins and three placings. PAULINE MORAN went a couple better when Bazmo’s Babe led throughout to keep her good form intact since coming into the care of the Londonderry based trainer. From box five, Bazmo’s Babe jumped well and had too much pace for her rivals, leading Beejay Sunrise into the first corner. Heading to the back Bazmo’s Babe led with Beejay Sunrise sitting right on her heels and Laurie’s Fantasy next in line. Down the side Bazmo’s Babe was stalked by Beejay Sunrise but found another gear and had booted away again by the home corner. In the straight Bazmo’s Babe pulled out plenty and maintained her advantage to ther line, winning by one and a half lengths to Beejay Sunrise in a smart 30.22, while No Repayments was a half length away third. Bazmo’s Babe, who is by Run The Risk from Wez Da Picnic, has had 14 starts for five wins and eight placings. Beejay Sunrise (Bombastic Shiraz x Irinka Olivia), trained by David Robertson, has had 14 starts for three wins and five placings, whilst Anthony Lord puts the polish on No Repayments (Collision x Token Whiz), who has produced six wins and four placings from 15 career starts.
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Loves the dogs NOEL OVINGTON, a man steeped in Harness Racing history, is a former editor of ‘National Trotguide’, however, it is his affection for the greyhound that saw the journo take up training a decade or more ago. Training from his Southern Highlands abode, the South Coast dog tracks are now home to the light harness man and he enjoyed the spoils of success when Lucky Leshana led throughout to win the Country Winnebago Stake over 520 metres to snare his best effort in a dozen starts at the track. After exiting box two Lucky Leshana went straight to the front over Art Of Love and How About Billy. Leaving the straight Lucky Leshana took them to the back, with How About Billy railing up behind the front runner. Lucky Leshana kept the momentum going and raced down the side with How About Billy gradually edging closer and a good finish was on the cards when heads were turned for home. In the straight Lucky Leshana kept finding, and despite How About Billy putting in a late lunge, it was Lucky Leshana that scored by a head, while Heron Blend was a further two and
three quarter lengths away third. Lucky Leshana, by Bit Chili out of Lucky Laird, to date has produced three wins and 11 placings from 28 career starts. How About Billy (Over Flo x Susan Hotz), trained by Wally Lutiger, has had 30 starts for two wins and 13 placings, whilst the Barry Campbell trained Heron Blend (Bit Chili x Osti’s Ace) after eight starts has collected a win and two placings. THE DAPTO GRC also put on a middle distance event, with victory going to the Steve Sing trained Tiger Sing Man, who had been off the winner’s list for a long time. The red brindle chaser appreciated the drop in class and was prominent from the time the starter sent them on their 600 metres quest. Taking the lead with a lap to go, Tiger Sing Man enjoyed the front running experience and his rivals always had their work cut out. Tiger Sing Man travelled strongly to the home bend and never looked in danger of defeat along the straight, running out a comfortable two and a half lengths winner over Dynamic Shiraz and third placed Pure Motahome, who finished one and three quarter lengths further adrift. The time for the 600 metres was recorded in 34.91 seconds. Tiger Sing Man, a son of Elite State and Token Melody who recorded 34.91, has now had 65 career starts for 12 wins with 21 placings. Dynamic Shiraz (Bombastic Shiraz x Tarhooley Dooley), trained by David Sundstrom, has had 64 career starts with six wins and 18 placings, whilst Pure Motahome (Pure Octane x Surlene) has had a win with 12 placings for trainer, Erin Jones.
BUSINESSMAN, George Kairouz, forced to become a trainer when wife, Marilyn “fell in love” with a greyhound they own called Save Our Sons, steered the dog to his fourth win in six starts at Bulli on Monday. Save Our Sons trounced a particularly hot field, covering the 472 metres in a near-record 26.15. Kairouz, partner in a produce business with legendary former trainer, Jim Coleman, bred Save Our Sons. “His mother, Dream Laylia is a daughter of 2004 Greyhound Of The Year, Irinka Barbie, and Christine Proctor trained her for three Wentworth Park wins,” Kairouz told us. Named after a charity organisation, Save Our Sons had severe injuries early in his career. “We always farm our dogs out to professional trainers, but after I brought Save Our Sons home to recuperate, Marilyn became so fond of him that she insisted we keep him.” “I often call Jim Coleman for training advice.” “We will enter Save Our Sons for his first Wentworth Park race next weekend.” ********** LAST WEEKEND’S Richmond winner, the unbeaten Intense Suspense, will have two trials at Wentworth Park before his city debut. The Entrance trainer, John Heard prepares the dog for Graham Duggan, proprietor of a Wyong animal products company. “I bought Intense Suspense as a puppy from Glebe trainer, Peter McCann, who bred him from his smart race bitch, Cold Ethyl,” Heard said. “Intense Suspense is a strong finisher but needs an inside box to succeed at Wenty Park.” Heard trained Forty Twenty, one of Australia’s top stayers of 2009/2010, who won 32 of 75 races
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LAST WEDNESDAY night at Dapto the weather conditions still reminded us that winter was not that long ago. With the club holding two meetings in 24 hours, the nominations were strong for this meeting and there was a solid Mixed 3rd/4th Grade for the sprinters. Veteran chaser, Super Laurie took the honours by notching his 20th career win and made it back to back wins in the Paul Mack Stake over 520 metres. Though only six runners faced the starter, the race was highly competitive, with Bush Cowgirl showing out best from box four. Super Laurie appreciated room to move from the seven alley and charged down the outside to be vying for the front at the first corner. Heading down the back Bush Cowgirl still led but Super Laurie appeared to have her measure by the top corner. Down the side Super Laurie dashed to the front, even though Bush Cowgirl was still sticking on. In the straight Super Laurie was too strong and went to the judge a length clear of Bush Cowgirl, with Awesome Ody holding down third place, a further two and a half lengths away. Super Laurie, a son of Super Burst and Curi Lee who clocked 30.31 for his first victory at the Dogdome, has now had 82 career starts for 20 wins and 32 placings, earning $52,000 for owner, Laurie Refalo and trainer, Leanne Godden. Bush Cowgirl (Bank Manager x True Cowgirl), prepared by Colin Hayler, has had 73 starts with nine wins and 14 placings, whilst another veteran, Awesome Ody (Gable La-
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SATURDAY saw the second running of $15,000 ‘The Peter Thomas’, acknowledging the massive contribution made to the WA greyhound industry by the late veterinary surgeon. The race was taken out by the Dan Biddle owned, Troy Murray trained Kalden Aurora, who had dominated the market at $1.80. In post-race awards, the family of Peter Thomas presented the trophies to Lee Biddle, who said, “We are truly honoured to receive this trophy recognizing the contribution of a wonderful man.” The favourite began well from the inside to lead in the early going before being joined and headed by Bomber Command, who crossed to the paint forcing Kalden Aurora to check off heels. Prepared by Tony Williams, Bomber Command made the most of this and took a three lengths break onto the back section, with Bollenhagen railing through to second, holding a length advantage over the favourite. The same trio had seen off the pack leaving the back, with Bomber Command’s lead being eroded. Entering the home straight it was three across the track, with Kalden Aurora the widest. The daughter of Premier Fantasy and Abbadale Affair toughed it out in the home run, edging away to a length and a half win over Bollenhagen, with a similar margin to the tiring lamplighter. The Biddle owned bitch pocketed the $10,000 first prize, taking her earnings to just short of $30,000. It was the July 2009 bitch’s ninth win from 18 outings, whilst her win-
WA Laurence Torpy ning time of 30.60 was good, considering the work she did.
Kid breaks through A DOUBLE for John Iwanyk saw him close the gap on the Top 5 in the Cannington Leading Trainer award, whilst a double for Linda Britton saw her extend her unassailable lead with twice as many winners for 2011 than second placed David Hobby. The Bruce Whyte owned Kid Cudi was the star for Iwanyk, running an equal BON time of 30.34 to ringup his first win in the West at his sixth start. After a shaky start the $2.30 favourite, Mungo Park led them into the first turn, with Kid Cudi ($2.50) making his way across from the outside to be second. Mungo Park carved out excellent sections and was four lengths to the good of Kid Cudi leaving the back in 18.70. Kid Cudi closed on the tiring favourite through the turn, levelled-up mid-way down the home straight then burst away for a three lengths victory in super slick time. It was the 10th career win for the son of Shanlyn Prince and Latin Ego. EARLIER in the night Best Behaviour ($4.40) broke a run of 10 outs for Iwanyk by taking out a Grade 5 in 30.68.
J u m p i n g quickly, the Where's Pedro and Nice Portrait dog was in the ‘box seat’ throughout, holding out Montaceto by a half length in a grinding finale. THE BRITTON KENNEL recorded two fast winners for the evening, firstly via classy conveyance, Ever Grace, who notched her 18th career win with a career best 30.38 over the sprint journey. The $6.40 hope landed second behind kennelmate, Brencole Bale. The order remaining unchanged until the homeward run, as Ever Grace greeted the judge two lengths ahead. The Helen Ivers Kalden Aurora steams home to take out the Peter Thomas Mixed Stake at Cannington on owned bitch has Saturday night. Pictured are the Thomas gals, Kirstyn, Justine, Lauren and Jo with Dee amassed $74,000 in Biddle. The white and black bitch will head back to SA for the heats of the Adelaide Cup. stakes and has finished in the first three at 38 of her 73 bump before taking a narrow split Linda Britton trained bitch was in a jumps. between runners to lead in 5.69. class of her own and those who took LATER in the night the impresThe daughter of Knocka Norris the shorts where lining to collect. sive Not In Kansas registered her and Major Coinage blew them away Although Blood Oath halved the sixth win in 11 starts in a slashing on the turn and hit the back section in winning margin to four lengths at the 30.34, or just .01 off her best set in a blistering 13.28 when eight lengths line, the race belonged to Greg Smith July. to the good of the Wayne Rose owned Not In Kansas, who appears to The punters elect at $1.50 was trained Blood Oath. be running a stronger final section away only fairly, then copped a heavy Clocking 18.64 off the back, the with increased race experience.
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At the double
WITH RACES getting changed on the racing calendar, those events that were once part of a “series” are now on at different times of the year. But we just had two Oaks run in two States, and as luck would have it, the same bitch won both. Mepunga Nicky is without a doubt one of Victoria’s best sprinting bitches at the moment and recently made the final of the Group 1 Maturity after a pair of brilliant all the way wins in her heat and semi. In the final she drew the green and actually led them early before copping a check, eventually coming in seventh. She made her way over to Adelaide for the Group 3 South Australian Oaks and won a heat and the final of that, in the process inflicting Miata’s only defeat. The daughter of Premier Fantasy and Mepunga Diamond then ventured to Logan Park for Warragul’s Oaks and duly landed a heat and the final of that. That took the white and black July 2009 whelp’s career stats to 11 wins with four seconds in just 18 starts. She is raced and trained by Barry Smith and Jeff Britton, who have enjoyed plenty of success over the years, including winning a Group 1 National Derby with Mepunga Blaze. Incidentally, Mepunga Blaze, a son of Light Of Fire and Mystic Therase, was one of the first greyhounds to be exported to South Africa to stand at stud, and although records are a bit sketchy, he did get success as a sire. Back to Mepunga Nicky, we don’t have the Group 1 Futurity until late January but we do have the Group 2 Laurels in December. Failing that, the next Oaks on the agenda is the WA Oaks in June 2012. So finding a triple crown for young bitches looks a bit tough for this chaser; perhaps next year the bitch that wins in WA can chase the SA one and the Warragul one, and we’ll go that way.
OPTICAL ILLUSIONS are wonderful things to behold; they intrigue and amuse us at times. But not if they happen to be on a dog track at the end of a race. At Sandown on September 22 in the fifth race, number one, Allen Elroy and number four, Black Saharrah hit the line locked together. It was a heads up, heads down affair, and to the naked eye I thought that Allen Elroy had won. The Judge called for the photo and the next thing you know, number four goes in the frame, with Sky flashing up the dividends with four as the winner. I actually walked away from the TV muttering something about needing my eyes checked, as I thought the one had scored. Later than night I discovered on the GRV website that Allen Elroy had won. Well at least my eyes and judgement were okay, but I was perplexed. I’ve been told that it was discovered that the Judge had erred and the placings were quickly overturned, thanks to the fast action by the Steward In Charge of the meeting. Well done! Of course, if you look at the photo strip on GRV’s website, it really does look like the four dog has won. I actually saved it, bunged it in paint and blew it up in size. And lo and behold, right before my eyes was the best optical illusion I’d seen that hadn’t been artificially created. Two black dogs with the heads looking like they belong to the other dog; as the dog on the inside actually has her head down and the dog on the outside has his up. And it really does look like his head is from her body and vice versa. One of the highlights of the year for mine. The Steward’s Report stated: “The judges semaphored the placings as 4-16-5, after reviewing the photo finish the placings were amended to 1-4-6-5.”
I HOPE they are using pencils at Sandown the way the 515 metres track record keeps tumbling. Firstly Heston Bale then Cape Hawke and finally Bekim Bale, who posted an amazing 28.96 when successful on September 25. For Bekim Bale, it was the second time he’d broken the track record. You may recall a couple of weeks back that he chased his brother, Heston Bale home in a Maiden Final, and he too went under the old record.
The freezing process has a number of aspects: 1. To cool the sperm cells or spermatozoa reasonably quickly so that they do not use up their stored energy that is required for the journey to the eggs 2. To isolate the genetic material Then slowly over a number of hours replace the water that those genes exist in with a material that does not swell or expand when frozen, essentially an antifreeze. When the semen is thawed out, a water-based solution is then allowed to be reabsorbed into the spermatozoa. They regain all the functionality that they had before going into the freezing process. The freezing and thawing has no effect on the genetic material. This blueprint is unchanged by the whole process and the potential of the puppies is the same. However, what is altered by the processing of the semen is the viability of the semen to produce a pregnancy. The quality of semen and the quality of handling of the semen post-collection and the methodical processing bringing it from 38º to -270º over a number of hours is the primary determining factor in achieving a pregnancy. It is estimated that freezing semen reduces the window of conception from approximately four days to one day. Despite claims to the contrary by
By Dr. Des Fegan MVB MRCVS
studmasters, surgical insemination is not a 100% certainty, in fact veterinarians in the US, who have done many thousands of surgical inseminations, achieve between 90% and 95 % pregnancy rate. Whilst this is a fantastic improvement from the 60% pregnancy rate we had in Victoria in the early 1990’s, it means that approximately one in 15 bitches is going to miss. Why do these bitches miss? Often we do not know the reason, whilst other times it can be environmental or a secondary illness early in the pregnancy, and then there are the raft of diseases that have a direct bearing on reproductive efficiency. This 1 in 15 rate is assuming that semen handling and processing is of a high standard and evaluations and counts performed by an experienced technician. Poorly processed semen will lead to much lower conception rates. The thawing of semen is a relatively simple process, whereby all facilities have a water bath to revive the sample at body temperature. The critical factor for the timing of insemination is the monitoring of the progesterone levels.
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Actually, a thought just occurred to
I wonder when was the last time that a metropolitan track record had been held at various times by litter brothers. I gave the matter a lot of thought and I’m damned if I can think of any. I guess a lot of people believed that Bekim Bale was the faster of the two brothers, firstly because he ran quicker in his debut win and secondly, because many felt if the boxes were reversed in that Maiden Final he’d have won. The duo also won at the Sunday meeting, and as we know, Bekim Bale ran a track record, whilst Heston Bale went eight lengths slower with a 29.46. However, as it stands, Heston Bale has the better record, as he’s unbeaten. At the time of writing they’re both engaged in 515 metre Grade 5’s at Sandown, so it will be interesting to see if firstly they can win again and secondly, what time they’ll run. I think many of us are looking forward to seeing just how far these two can go, or should that be, how fast?
Passing of a stalwart
GREYHOUND RACING lost one of its real stalwarts recently with the passing of Ken Patterson. Kenny has had a long association with greyhounds and he’ll be remembered by plenty as a great mate. If you needed a hand, Kenny would give it; he was generous to a tee like that. And on top of that, he was a pretty good trainer too, enjoying a lot of success over the years with many fine gallopers, and none better than champion, Eureka Man. However, my first memories of him date back to before Healesville began racing. I was very heavily involved with Coursing in those days and he was one of a small group who were trying to get racing going at Healesville. I’m pretty certain that at that time they were hoping to get a license to conduct coursing meetings. We probably had more Coursing Clubs than we needed then, and as we could only run a certain amount of meetings in a season, another club coming into existence would have meant taking meetings off other clubs. And I think, if my memory is right, we had a club at Bacchus Marsh that was running picnic meetings, and I’m pretty sure that they had relocated to Melton, or at least some of the members had gone there to form Melton. Anyhow, I think at that stage Healesville had a drag lure and a two dog starting box. The levels are very well established, with most vets in this field having many years of experience. In an ideal world, a bitch is mated naturally by a dog when her progesterone level indicates that she has ovulated. This would give her the highest chance of whelping a litter. But as this is not an ideal world, compromises are necessary, and for the studmasters, most are willing to trade off the hassle of kenneling and progesterone testing the bitches at their own premises for the convenience selling a frozen fraction of the whole ejaculate and allowing the owner of the bitch to fend for his or herself. I certainly understand the frustration studmasters feel when bitches fail to whelp a litter, and you would have to say that more often than not it is not the fault of the dog when it occurs. It is no less disappointing for the vets and the breeder. It is, however, a fact of life, and disappointingly it is increasingly common, but a very simplistic and somewhat perverse diversion to blame the veterinary profession when, in reality, they have since September 1992, when the first greyhound frozen semen litter was whelped in this country, fundamentally changed an industry to the great benefit of those same studmasters. Walnut Veterinary Clinic 84 Clarendon Street Cranbourne, 3977 (03) 5995 5255
But I’m not really sure; perhaps someone out there will remember better than I do. But I think it was mentioned to Ken and a few of his associates that they’d have more chance of getting a straight track license if they were like Appin, as opposed to a Coursing license. I have a feeling a few coursing picnic meetings might have been run there before it became the only eight dog straight track in the State. If anyone who was involved with Healesville in those early days would like to get in touch, we’d love to share the Club’s beginnings with our readers. Ken served as President there for many years, and I think as Secretary too, and I believe it would be most fitting if a Memorial race was run in his honour at some point in time.
I THINK it’s fair to say that Eureka Man was the best dog Kenny Patterson trained. He was a son of Pretty Fearless and Pride Of Quanne, and I guess the highlight of his career was being crowned the 1990 Victorian Greyhound Of The Year. Diversifying for a moment, you may recall a while ago I mentioned Phantom’s Heir in this column; well he was Eureka Man’s great-great grandsire. His daughter, Rowan Vale, besides Starfire Lady, produced a bitch called Quanne. That bitch in turn to Bowetzel produced Pride Of Quanne. Eureka Man raced 84 times, winning 40 of those and along with 15 seconds and 9 thirds, collected $80,660 in prizemoney, which back then was a very good amount. As a sire, Eureka Man left a lot of “bread and butter” dogs and some highly talented chasers too. His best offspring in my opinion was Group 1 National Derby winner, Dallas Man.
Real Hall of Fame
I SEE The Meadows is getting an “upgrade” thanks to the State Government and GRV. I know this has been knocked on the head in the past, but I ask the Minister to consider all the benefits of having a real Hall of Fame, as opposed to a virtual one. Looking at real objects sure beats the heck out of looking at pictures, in my view. Apart from providing a venue, the majority of items that will be on display will cost you nothing; quite simply because they will be donated or loaned to the Hall of Fame. I know of one trainer who would like his Melbourne Cups on display for all and sundry to see, and why not. I have a very important and valuable piece of Victorian greyhound history that I’d like on display too. Another trainer suggested we could have a couple of GAP greyhounds sitting on an old lounge suite watching TV in say the foyer, where you go in. Visitors could get up close to our lovable four-legged friends; a great advertisement for the program. As for the running costs, well, if you have it open to the public and charge admission, that’ll help pay the bills. But of course you could take it further and have groups come through, from school children to elderly citizens or overseas visitors. I’m sure there are more benefits to having a real Hall of Fame, as opposed to the virtual one, and I’m sure if it were handled right, it wouldn’t cost the Industry a red cent. But it could be a great drawcard and help get otherwise uninterested people interested in greyhound racing, and who knows, they may be tomorrow’s future leading owners, trainers, breeders or administrators.
THIS MAY BE a first, but I’ll stand corrected if it’s not. The Group 1 Paws Of Thunder final has two sets of litter brothers engaged. Fancy Will and Fancy Dean are January 2009 sons of Where’s Pedro and Sweet Fancy. Oaks Road and Things Missing are
November 2008 sons of Spiral Nikita and Leprechaun Pace. Oh, a bit of trivia, but Leprechaun Pace won the POT in 2007 and Spiral Nikita has already sired a winner of a big Wentworth Park Group 1.
No scarlets please
AND PLEASE, do not wrap your dog in a towel, point its rear end at a mirror, take a snap and send the pictures in. This is not the Johanssoning centre, okay?
Pick it now - week six
WOW, we’re up to week six in the pick it now quest for the TOPGUN. I’m not making a change this week, but I daresay next week after the POT has been run, there’ll be one change at least. My eight stays at: Cold Fusion, Enry Walt, He Knows Uno, Kilty Lad, Radley Bale, Shereen Bale, Tonneli Bale and Velocity Regina.
“Mr. Right” stated, “Too true Treeman, too many want soft options, they want nonpenalty races, they want 300 metres races, they don’t want to do the work required to properly train a dog; it’s easier to keep them (their dogs) fresh and run them twice a week without doing very much at all.” “And then they want to whinge about the fact that the top trainers get all the big race wins.” “Hey you people, it’s probably because ‘they’ work 10 times harder than you do; there’s the first reason they’re successful and you’re not.” You tell them....hehe. “Boss Man” with, “Yes, good on the people with Ernie’s Keep for having a go, I hope he wins them a good race some day.” So do I. “Mr. Expert” again, “That’s disgraceful that a city track should be so short of entries, yeah man up in the tree, I agree with you, don’t they want money or something?” Beats me. If the money was poor they’d be whingeing, I can’t figure ’em out. “Big Fella” remarked, “The problem is the grading, that’s why people aren’t racing in these meetings and want the non-penalty races, if they had a graduation grade or a system the same as NSW it’d be better than this (in Victoria).” Well, if you go down that road, I can’t see why a non-penalty Grade 5 can’t be a Grade 6 or something similar, and instead of it being non penalty, make it a penalty applies race and advance to Grade 5 and call those meetings half prizemoney meetings. I guess there’s plenty of things that could be done. “Made De Grade” quipped, “With these meetings that get an abundance of entries, why can’t they have a first in, first served rule.” “Say at Ballarat where you need 120, why not once say 150 entries are received, accept no more. Close entries at that point; then do your fields.” “That way people who enter first are looked after and those that try to enter once 150 are reached know they’re not going to be in and can enter for somewhere else.” Great idea!
This week’s Teaser
ANNA GRAM offered this Teaser this week, see if you can work out these stars. 1. Flyin’ Claw 2. Hellen Ratz 3. Ask A Door 4. Zany Auditors 5. Singing Smiths 6. Canny Fade 7. Blonde Rope 8. Haler Planer ANSWERS NEXT WEEK
Last week’s answers
THE answers to last week’s Teaser: 1. First 2. Twice 3. Three (or Third) 4. Forth 5. Fifth 6. Sixth 7. Seven 8. Eight
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SEVEN heats of the Triple M 40th Adelaide Cup have been drawn for this Thursday night’s (6th October) meeting at Angle Park. GRSA received 56 final nominations for the Group 1 series with 29 from South Australia, 26 from Victoria and 1 from New South Wales. The Interstate contingent is led by dual Group 1 winner Kilty Lad for Lovely Banks trainer Kelly Bravo who will be looking to create history by becoming the first greyhound to win two Adelaide Cups in the same year after he took out the Cup in January. This anomaly has been brought about by GRSA bringing the Cup forward to now secure a spot each year in October on the AGRA Group Racing Calendar. The heats also include Radley Bale, Aston Galilee, Don Chendo and NSW National Sprint winner Cold Fusion along with up and comers Cape Hawke, Mepunga Nicky and Yowyeh. Local nominations include SA National Sprint winner Point Two Over for Rob Harnas and last start Sister Cities Cup placegetter Aston Thomas for Troy Murray. The Triple M 40th Adelaide Cup Final carries total prizemoney of $107,500, with the winner to receive $75,000. With seven heats each winner and the fastest second placegetter will progress through to the Group 1 Final on Thursday 13th October. - Shaun Mathieson Racing Manager Greyhound Racing SA
SANDOWN PARK (THU) RACE 3 NO. 6 GRANDUER
ELWICK (THU) RACE 6 NO. 1 FISHERMAN
TRARALGON (FRI) RACE 4 NO. 1 TERRIFY
The Meadows Richmond Albion Park Rockhampton Angle Park Cannington Shepparton Ballarat Dapto
THURSDAY Sandown Park Geelong Elwick Maitland Dapto Grafton Warragul Albion Park Mandurah Angle Park
FRIDAY Casino Traralgon Wentworth Park The Gardens Geelong Gawler
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THE MEADOWS will maintain its status as the premier greyhound venue in Australia after a recent announcement by Minister Denis Napthine of a joint refurbishment venture between the MGRA, GRV and the state government. The works, with alrea d y completed track upgrades including
the introduction of steriline boxes, new starting slabs, parade areas and canopies, has been made possible after the Liberal government’s $200,000 funding commitment and a further $360,000 contributed by Greyhound Racing Victoria. The main feature of the refurbishment includes a fantastic
new picnic area – to be located at the eastern end of the grandstand, running right through to the 525metre start. This area will have a built-in BBQ and bar, which will quickly become a haven for patrons, especially over the busy summer months and on major feature nights.
A posse of politicians and VIPS gathered at The Meadows last week for an announcement from Racing Minister, Dr. Denis Napthine. Pictured (L-R) MGRA Director and Mayor of Whittlesea, Cr. Rex Griffen, Bill Salter (GRV), Racing Minister, Denis Napthine, MGRA Chairman, Eddie Caruana, Mayor of Broadmeadows, Helen Patskiitheodorou and local MLC, Craig Ondarchie.
West Palm Beach, Florida - HERO, a retired racing greyhound, has become the first service dog to be trained as a companion to a retired service person in need of an assistance dog. `Racing as Fleeter Neal, Hero retired recently to Greyhound Pets of America FL SE Coast Chapter. He raced at Palm Beach Kennel Club from the Douglas Kennel. Shortly after retiring, Hero was selected from among the GPA kennel greyhounds by Daniel De La Rosa and Sara Donadei-Blood as the first retired racer to be considered for this intensive training program. GPA and the Palm Beach Kennel Club joined in donating the dog to them for this program. Daniel De La Rosa is the only Karen Pryor Academy Certified trainer in South Florida. He is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and owner of Petropolis Park, a doggy day care and boarding facility in Hollywood, FL. He and Hero recently returned from a New York City working vacation, visiting many of the landmarks and attending a Broadway Show. (See Hero's photo album on Facebook). De La Rosa is Vice
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President of the organization, and Hero's trainer. De La Rosa says, "Hero's best asset is how adaptable he is in every situation. He has been on trains, boats, and planes and even Time Square. Hero is not only calm; Hero is calming. “This program is a rewarding way for me/us to thank our troops who put themselves in harms way to keep our country safe.” Sara Donadei-Blood is Founder and President of Service Dogs 4 Service Men. Her intention in starting this program is to "Give back to those who have given so much for us”. ` “Also, as we are primarily using the retired racing dogs, we are impacting two lives at once. We are pairing a Serviceman and Man's Best Friend - both of whom need each other to remain successful in this world.” Barbara Masi, President of the local GPA chapter, is thrilled that Sara and Daniel have selected a greyhound to train for this program. ‘A greyhound has lived a highly structured life and is still willing to work hard after retiring from the track.” said Masi. “These dogs are so gentle and bond so quickly with their new owners,
certainly the ideal breed for this purpose.” Palm Beach Kennel Club's Publicity Director, Theresa Hume states, “We are very proud to be involved with the program Service Dogs 4 Service Men. We are amazed and excited at the progress and accomplishments made by Hero and trainer, Daniel De La Rosa.” “This is a wonderful fit with retired racers and retired service men and women.” Service Dogs 4 Servicemen, Inc., is a non-profit organization whose mission is to place fully-trained Service Dogs with US Military Veterans in need. These will be placed at no cost to the veteran. Donations are requested - and you may donate on the website: servicedogs4servicemen.com or mail to ServiceDogs4ServiceMen at 7910 Kimberly Blvd., N. Lauderdale, FL 33068. We are targeting a Friday, November 11, Veterans Day presentation of Hero to his new owner. Plans are to do this at the Palm Beach Kennel Club at their celebration of the dedication of America's servicemen and women. Shortly after that, Daniel and Sara will be visiting the GPA kennels to select another greyhound for the program.
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The Meadows expects the picnic area to be completed by late November, ready for the busy Christmas season and the club's flagship event, the Group 1 MTD Australian Cup, worth $175,000 to the winner in 2012. Other improvements include an upgraded parking area for trainers to cater for busy race meetings and enhancements to the area surrounding the slipping track at The Meadows. The Meadows manager Marg Long believes the improvements to the track and venue facilities are an amazing boost for the popular Broadmeadows circuit.
"The Meadows is already the most visited track in Australia, and these new works - including a fantastic family-orientated BBQ area - will ensure we continue to be well patronised for years to come." "Apart from works to the venue, the completed track works means The Meadows is one of the safest greyhound tracks to race on, not only in Australia but across the world." "We thank the GRV and the state government for their assistance in helping make The Meadows reach its goal to become one of the leading greyhound racing venues in the world.”
Northern Metropolitan MLC, Craig Ondarchie and Racing Minister, Denis Napthine with a Meadows chaser at last Wednesday’s afternoon meeting.
AS OF 1 October 2011, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) will be replacing registration certificates with identification cards. Owners should note that from 1 October 2011 greyhounds must be microchipped in order to be named and receive an identification card, as Marking of greyhounds in NSW no longer occurs. The last of GRNSW's free Microchipping Sessions will be held during October 2011. Participants are encouraged to take their unnamed and unchipped greyhounds along to one of these free Microchipping Sessions. Participants should note that from 1 November 2011 there will be no Microchipping Sessions and that the following fees will be charged by GRNSW for any retrospective microchipping of unnamed and unchipped greyhounds: Vets at TAB Tracks Participants will be able to pay a fee to have their greyhound microchipped at a NSW TAB track before race meetings at a fee of $10 per greyhound. Bookings for this service will be essential and will be taken online at thedogs.com.au website and via phone by the Stewarding Department. Property Visits GRNSW will also conduct property visits to microchip greyhounds. The minimum
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HIGH ALTITUDE training isn’t just for the Magpies. It seems the rarified air is also playing a part in the success of a well-to-do inner city racing greyhound. There’s an elite canine currently racing that boasts a swank St. Kilda address and some unusual neighbours and playmates. Magic Castle, or “Penny” to Damien, Rio and Bianca, resides on the fifth floor of a plush St. Kilda apartment building, and apart from a Maltese Shitzou as a kennelmate, enjoys the hallway company of a bulldog and two tiny Silky Terriers. It’s not your normal training environment for our chasing canines, but Magic Castle is no ordinary greyhound. A winner of three races in two states, this two year-pld thrives on the affection of her trainer, Damien Oborne and his family. “She is a house pet as well as a greyhound with plenty of chase,” Damien confided. “I originally picked ‘Penny’ up because she had a grass seed, and she was only supposed to be a two week boarder, but my wife, Rio and daughter, Bianca fell in love with her.” There were a few raised eyebrows at Chetywnd Street in March when Damien applied for his licence, but once the kennel inspection was completed, he received the green light. “As a matter of fact, GRV Steward, Brett Polson was amazed at how low-key she was at home, and had no
Nothing is as admirable in politics as a short memory. hesitation in endorsing my application.” “I have absolutely no hassles with her when I take her for her daily walk around the streets.” St. Kilda is a bohemian city and the sight of a man and his greyhound wouldn’t look out of place with this eclectic population... except this is a racing canine, not one of those green collared much feted GAP retirees who enjoy a stroll down Fitzroy Street on a warm Sunday afternoon. “Penny’s” 30 minutes of daily exercise takes the pair along the busy Esplanade, through the local park and back up amongst the café crowd before heading home. Magic Castle is an Angle Park winner, and recently overcame plenty of early trouble to win a heat of a Damsel Dash series at Shepparton on September 21 . She was far from disgraced in the final, rattling home for a game second behind Phyllis Ellen in 25.76. She has the luxury of two sleeping quarters, a prime place on the couch with a blanket, or out on the balcony, which has a synthetic grass surface and a raised mattress to enjoy the sea breeze. Apart from sneaking into the
main bedroom every morning at 7.00am, this brindle daughter of Where’s Pedro and Ice Dancer is doted upon by the family, but can occasionally be seen mixing it with her suburban cousins at The Meadows slipping track. She’s the one with the silver spoon in her mouth. “Back in March we thought we had the grass seed problem sorted, but it came back and she needed an operation.” “The wound became infected and we went very close to losing her.” “She didn’t race from April until August, and after she recovered we decided to get her fit and introduced her to coursing.” I can’t thank Michael Fox, Brad Burns and Murray Collyer enough, as they all played significant roles in getting her back to the track.” “The coursing certainly helped her fitness.” “At the moment she is nursing a cut foot, and being close to the sea, the salt water is perfect in aiding her recovery.” “Her night time exercise regime consists of a late night walk along the beach, as well as stints on walking machines during the day.” “We even go to Point Cook, where she gets hydrotherapy.” “I can take her out of our apartment without her lead and she heads straight for the lift.” “By the time it reaches the basement, I have her lead on and she is ready for our walk.” Some people might not approve of these unusual training methods, and think the lift doesn’t go to the top floor, but according to Damien, “Magic Castle is a very intelligent animal and definitely knows what floor to alight”. “Don’t ask me if she can count, but I wouldn’t put it past her, as she knows exactly when we reach the
fifth floor, and that’s where we get off.” First and foremost, she’s a pet first and a racing greyhound second, when she’s fit. We take her to mum’s for a family bar-b-que and she’s even been to the drive-in... popcorn and all. Magic Castle is no superstar on the track but is one very lucky greyhound. :Let’s hope she does make it to the top one day.
Back to the future CARLSRUHE breeder, Lenny Jones, one of the best in the business, well in this state anyway, has sent Off Springer back to Mogambo. The first dalliance produced four pups, three got to the track with the other breaking a hock early in her career. A couple of that litter have already made a name for themselves, with Echelon landing a Group 2 event in near record time at Wentworth Park earlier this year, whilst litter brother, Granduer broke the Ballarat 650 metres record on September 21. Not sure if any will be up for sale, but it’s a nice position to be in. Hope she drops a tummy full, Lenny.
THE recent Blue Ribbon Foundation race meeting at the Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club raised significant funds for the local charity and already plans are being put in place for a bigger and better event in 2012. Thanks to the tremendous support of local businesses joining the fundraiser with sponsorship of race names, the sale of Blue Ribbon merchandise and three "blue dogs" saluting on the night the charity meeting proved successful in raising funds for the Foundation and creating awareness of its cause. Fittingly, the first "blue dog" winner of the night came in the third event, named in honour of the late Constable
THIS is a response to an article you had within your 'On The Line' section published on Page 57. Thursday. September 22. 2011 called "Which way did they go?" Who ever wrote this article obviously watching Sky Channel on that day, only talks about how there was no vision until the greyhounds reached the home turn. This person fails to mention that there was no racecall either from the TAB Radio commentator from the home turn either. The racecaller did not arrive into his broadcast box on that day until the T A B was showing "zero" minutes to go on the TV. The poor cameraman, who was supplying vision to Sky and who was there early as he is supposed to, was left helping the racecaller plug in his audio connectors to try to make sure they got sound through to Sky Channel. Unfortunately, they jumped in the meantime. The cameraman wishes he never helped the racecaller on that day because it has come back to bite him on the bum and hopefully that racecaller also knows never to arrive late again. You may ask "how do I know all this happed?" I was the cameraman. Regards, Laci Katsaparas
Damian Eyre, with Damian's parents Frank and Carmel on-course for the race meeting. The Shepparton Greyhound Racing Club donated proceeds from the Lucky Numbers as well as $100 for each of the three number four winners on the night and are looking forward to a bigger and better event next year. "Last night was quite successful given the relatively small amount of lead time to put it together and I think with some ideas that we have and David Bajada from the Foundation have that the annual night will continue to grow well into the future," said SGRC General Manager, Troy Harley.
Bianca and Magic Castle try out the sleeping accommodation.
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Damien Oborne and Magic Castle coming out of the lift on the fifth floor of a swish St Kilda apartment block.
Frank Eyre, Trevor Smart and Carmel Eyre with Surprise Princess who took out the Constable Damian Eyre Maiden heat wearing the blue rug and earning $100 for the Blue Ribbon Foundation. National Greyhound Form, Thursday, October 6th, 2011 – Page 57
RACING resumed at Healesville on Sunday, October 2 on the new sand track and Chris Johannsen had the honour of leading in the first winner and that was Sands Of Time in heat one of the 350 metre Maiden. The son of El Galo and Princess Jess came from box one as favourite at $1.60 to clock 19.98 and defeat Benalla Gal ($20.70) by two and three quarter lengths with Pure Deception ($8.30) a length and a half back in third spot. Champagne Syndicate
Sands Of Time was successful in landing the first race on the new Healesville sand track.
Chris made it a litter double as well as giving the Champagne Syndicate their treble when Little Wishes ran 17.01 to take out a 300 metre Grade 5 and remain unbeaten at three from three. Rated on top at $3.10 from box four, the black sprinter greeted the Judge a half length ahead of See See See ($4.60) with Doc’s Dancer ($8.60) the next to arrive, a length and a quarter in arrears. The Angela Langton trained Warning Label was leg two for the Champagne Syndicate and he registered 19.41 to take out the 350 metre Special Event. Sent to box five at $4.40, the son of Surf Lorian and Diamond Label beat Up And Away ($1.90 fav) by four lengths with Four Across ($8.90) two and a half lengths further afield. Sniper’s List posted the BOD time of 18.87 to take out heat three of the 350 metre Maiden. The Frank Spiteri owned and trained youngster came from box eight at $3.90 to salute by half a length over Tap Your Feet ($12.90) with Strawb’s Pride ($7.60) a length and a half further afield. Sniper’s List is a son of Give Me
Five and Schindler’s List and this was his second start. Mister Austin collected the GOBIS bonus by taking out the 350 metre Special Event. Wearing the red vest at $36.20, the brindle sprinter scored by a length over Apache Man ($3.20 fav) with a neck to third placed Arazi ($5.00). Mister Austin is a son of Diffuser and Lizola owned and trained by Tom Shovan and he stopped the clock at 19.67. Ten Years Gone picked up the GOBIS bonus by taking out the 300 metre Special Event. After lining up in box eight as favourite at $1.50, the son of Brett Lee and Brandeen Misty scored by a length and a quarter over Lanzarote ($6.30) with Rustic King ($24.00) the next to arrive, half a length back. Ten Years Gone, who posted 17.00, is trained by Andrew Paraskevas for the Sparkle and Fade Syndicate. Free Dream took time honours over the 300 metres by registering 16.84 to take out a Grade 5. Drawn in box one as favourite at Frank Spiteri’s Sniper’s Last is the official track record holder at $2.80, the Ken Sweeney trained Healesville after the Maiden winner registered 18.87 in the third event. sprinter accounted for Gloming A winner of seven of her 25 runs, ($4.80) and Side By Side ($5.30) with Free Dream is a daughter of Meticua length and a quarter both ways be- lous and Who’s Girl owned by the ing the margins. Marlie Syndicate. - Darryl Embling
Short course speedster Ten Years Gone with Andrew Paraskevas after the quick speedster notched his 21st career victory win with Members of the Daydreamers Syndicate and Ken Lunson with Sickness Sickness makes it three in a row and remains undefeated after his latest win at Healesville over the shorter 300 metres trip in 17.00. who scored a 19.66 victory. - pics courtesy Clint Anderson of Blue Stream Pictures weekend victory at Healesville in 19.66.
ON SUNDAY week, October 16, the Ipswich Greyhound Racing Club will conduct the 25th of its Magical Puppy Auction sales. The concept started in 1987, with pups sold being eligible for a rich race 18 months later. Not a lot has changed in the format over the years, with the various club committees subscribing to the theory “if it ain’t broke, why try and fix it”. However, there is also a theory that goes “nothing stays the same”. In 2009, the club decided to slightly alter the format of the sale day. In any such sale there will always be people who intend to “buy back” their own product. The Ipswich greyhound sale is no exception. If you’re prepared to pay the commission, you simply keep bidding to knock out all other potential purchasers. The sale price might seem inflated, but all that changes hands is the commission between the seller and the club. The option is now there to state up-front if a pup is going to be a “buy back”, and if so, a fee can be paid and the pup does not have to be produced on sale day.
QLD Paul Dolan This serves a few sensible purposes. Buyers know that all pups produced on the day are for sale. The day doesn’t drag on into the night. And those people who intend to retain their pups don’t have to attend and spend all or most of the day at the sale. For this year there are 81 non catalogued pups – those which won’t be sold. They have been paid up for by 30 people, some paying for just one pup and others for an entire litter. There are 142 pups listed for sale. As a matter of comparison, there were 258 puppies in the catalogue at the 2002 sale, and there have been up to 280 on occasions. The most represented sire of the 142 for sale is Surf Lorian with 27. Collision, High Earner and Bit Chili each have 11. Pups are eligible for the auctionrelated race in April, 2013, of $35,000 to the winner.
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This year’s race was won by the Tom Tzouvelis trained Pedro’s Thunder.
Odd spot IT ALL SEEMS a bit odd – former Gold Coast feature races being run at Albion Park and Ipswich. Still, it’s better than seeing the events not run at all. Four heats of the John Young Memorial series were staged at Ipswich last Tuesday, with the final this week. Young was a long-serving committeeman and Treasurer of the former Gold Coast GRC and a very successful trainer as well. He passed away in 2007. Heats of the Eric Thomson Memorial Maiden were staged at Albion Park yesterday. The event was a longstanding feature at the Gold Coast, even back in the days of the track at Southport, which preceded the move to Parklands in 1988. Eric Thomson was the patron of the club until his death in the mid 1980s. His wife, Josie used to make the presentation rugs used by the club for feature races. Tonight Albion Park stages heats of the Gold Coast Cup over 520 metres. In the days of the original South-
port track, the Cup was run over 560 metres, whilst at Parklands, it was 457 metres for the specialist speedsters from 1989 until the track closed in 2008. If south-east Queensland ever gets a “one turn” track again, it would seem appropriate to put those former Gold Coast events back onto that shaped track. In the meantime, I guess it’s good that the events are being preserved. The locations just don’t seem right to me, but there’s obviously no alternative at the moment. The chance of a new greyhound track being located on the Gold Coast seems remote. Control body, Racing Queensland is proceeding with plans for new tracks at Deagon, on Brisbane’s northside. The idea of a Geelong-style complex at Logan, on Brisbane’s southside, has been vetoed by RQ.
Hampered by headwind WHAT IS also a little odd is the staging of the Michael Miller Memorial series down the Capalaba straight. Eight heats were run last Saturday for Fifth Grade performers. Michael Miller was the starter at the Toowoomba greyhounds in the mid 1990s.
He was a young chap and well liked. He was killed in a motor accident, aged 19. A memorial race was established in Toowoomba, but that track was closed by the control body of the day in the year 2000. The Michael Miller Memorial race was transferred to Capalaba following the closure of Toowoomba. Peter O’Reilly produced the fastest heat winner when Chamandi clocked 20.02. Not far behind was Greg and Michelle Stella’s Rylee’s Enforcer (20.05). Those times are not particularly fast but a strong headwind was blowing all day. The Michael Miller final is on this Saturday at Capalaba, worth $5,000 to the winner. Whilst it would be great to see the event being run in Michael’s home town of Toowoomba, it obviously can’t happen. So rather like the John Young, Eric Thomson and Gold Coast Cup, it’s a nice option to keep the memories alive, rather than consign those events to the scrap heap.
Consider this The third hand on a watch is called the second hand.
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Goodesy has sired his first winner Kitty Keeping a 16 month old black bitch out of city winner Taylah Ruth won on debut at Coonamble on Monday morning. Coming from box one, Kitty Keeping began like a rocket and led all the way in 23.57. Considering the race was run at 8.30am and the track was rain effected with four inches of rain falling over the weekend, the time was quite respectful Kitty Keeping was bred by her trainer Charmaine Roberts, and was the only puppy born in the litter. Husband Shane Roberts was full of praise for the young pup, and from an early age knew that the bitch would definitely make the grade. “She broke in enourmous and has a beautiful temperament. We decided to take her up to the carnival, it was her first look at the track, and although she won over 400 metres, I have no doubt she will run 500 metres, it’s a pretty fair effort, as she is only 16 months old” said Roberts. We have a few more pups in the paddocks back home by Goodesy and they all show signs of making the grade, our top sprinter, Naomi Keeping, now retired, is waiting to come on season, she will be sent straight to Goodesy. An offer was made recently for Kitty Keeping, the buyer said to the Roberts to name their price, but they refused to sell. Goodesy is fast making a name for himself as he is being patronised by some of the most astute breeders in the country. Goodesy stands at stud for a moderate fee of $1700, you can purchase frozen seamen for $1200. Considering the dog achievements on the track and now he is a proven sire It looks like Goodesy will be a very much sought after sire. He is certainly great value at his current price.
Where’s Pedro WHERE’S PEDRO (Brett Lee x Elusive Rebel) sired a litter of one dog and three bitches from Wandering Gypsy whelped May 4 that was registered by Fred Scarffe, Manager of the Lexi Group Syndicate. Wandering Gypsy is a daughter of Just The Best and Foster’s Gypsy, who won two of her 19 starts, scoring at Bendigo over 430 metres in 24.91 and over 450 metres at Shepparton in 25.73. The other successful members of her litter were Girrawarra Justy (1 win), Girrawarra Red (8 wins), Heza Lappy (2 wins) and Modes Milne (1 win). Wandering Gypsy has had one litter to race so far and that was to Primo Uno whelped September 2007, producing Black Champagne (2 wins), Pentagonal (4 wins), Uno Brinney (7 wins) and Uno Jack (1 win). The dam is from a successful line and is already proven, suggesting that these youngsters should find success on the track.
Fast Indian PEARCEDALE breeder, Mark Grima registered a litter by Fast Indian (Brett Lee x Leprechaun Yap) from Friendly Aviator and the four bitches were whelped May 7. Friendly Aviator, a daughter of EJ’s Douglas and Flight And Life, failed to score in six starts. The only successful member of her litter was Shalala (1 win).
Friendly Aviator has had two litters to race, with the first was to Go Forever whelped March 2007 giving us Cabin Crew (9 wins), Departure Lounge (4 wins) and Shoe Fitz (9 wins). Litter number two was to Collide whelped February 2008 leaving Carramar Flyer (7 wins), Clear To Land (5 wins), Excess Luggage (6 wins), Fighter Fuel (12 wins), Flying Jazz (6 wins), Led Zeppelin (21 wins) and Lonesome Gold (4 wins). The dam has already produced the winners of 83 races, which says these youngsters should have a very bright future on the track too.
Dyna Lachlan SUSANNA SMITH, Manager of the Champagne Partners Syndicate, registered a litter of four dogs and two bitches by Dyna Lachlan (Go Wild Teddy x Benden Flex) from Miss Tayliana that was whelped June 3. Miss Tayliana, a daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Dash Of Burgundy, scored in 13 of her 33 tries, winning three times at Ballarat over 450 metres with 25.65 being her fastest and she scored three times at Sandown over 515 metres with a PB of 30.11. She picked up two wins at Geelong over 457 metres with 25.67 being her quickest and a win over 600 metres at The Meadows in 35.14, was successful twice over 450 metres at Warrnambool where 25.36 was her best, as well as winning twice over the 570 metres there with 33.08 being her best. The other members of her litter were Cool Breeze (6 wins), Cool Dash (6 wins), Dash Of Style (9 wins), Miss Cool Dash (1 win), Que Sera Sera (20 wins), Ryasta (3 wins), Sionara Baby (4 wins), Skrat (3 wins) and Storm Signal (5 wins). Miss Tayliana has had one litter to race so far and that was to Bombastic Shiraz whelped May 2009, producing Alcide Herveaux (2 wins), Darken Rahl (7 wins), Explosive Drop (9 wins) and Miss Stackhouse (7 wins). The dam was a very strong sprinter/middle distance galloper from a good litter and she’s already left some smart chasers, which tells us that these youngsters should have a very bright future on the track.
Velocette MAIDEN GULLY breeder, Keith Davidge registered a litter by Velocette (Bombastic Shiraz x Texan Lady) from Holly Lulu and the one dog and one bitch were whelped May 3. Holly Lulu, a daughter of Cry Havoc and Holly’s Deb, won seven of her 49 starts, scoring at Bendigo over 430 metres in 25.19 and over 545 metres there in 31.60, as well as three times at Warragul over 424 metres with a PB of 24.52. She picked up a win at Cranbourne over 520 metres in 31.15 and a win at Horsham over 480 metres in 27.60. The only other successful member of her litter was Holly’s Law (3 wins). Holly Lulu has had one litter to date and that was to Solve The Puzzle whelped July 2006, producing All In Cuz (15 wins), All In Footrot (20 wins), All In Patch (7 wins), Campaspe Jack (14 wins), Campaspe Jill (1 win), Contour Miss (2 wins), Creeks Puzzle (6 wins), Iron Atalanta (11 wins) and Iron Ruby (19 wins). The dam’s first litter has won 95 races, suggesting that these youngsters should be make their presence felt on the track too.
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Vee Man Vane VEE MAN VANE (Solve The Puzzle x Blue Girl Vane) was the sire chosen by Longwood breeder, Maureen Barry for Top Entity, and the four dogs and two bitches were whelped June 3. Top Entity, a daughter of Just The Best and Top Shelf, won five of her 36 attempts, scoring three times at Sandown over 515 metres with 30.19 being her best and twice over 530 metres at Cannington with a PB of 30.81. The other members of her litter were Brother’s Belle (21 wins), Diva Fever (1 win), Golden Beach (2 wins), Bowen’s Best (1 win), Cocomama (1 win), Exit Now (10 wins), Lui’s Luck (2 wins) and Lyppard Lady (3 wins). Top Entity has had two litters to race, with her first to Black Enforcer whelped May 2008 giving us Jack’s Razor (6 wins) and She’s Tops (7 wins). Litter number two was to Premier Fantasy whelped April 2009 leaving Celtic Fantasy (3 wins) and Premier Bill (1 win). The dam, who is already proven, comes from a very successful family, suggesting that these youngsters should make their presence felt on the track.
Bo Frazier BO FRAZIER (Spiral Nikita x Leprechaun Yap) sired a litter of three dogs and three bitches from Cut’s Both Ways whelped November 19 and registered by Glenmaggie breeder, Tabatha Bennett. Cut’s Both Ways, a daughter of Primo Uno and Conspiracy Lass, raced 82 times scoring in 16 of those, winning six times at Sale over 440 metres with a PB of 24.70 and twice there over 520 metres with 29.39 being her quickest, as well as winning four times at Warragul over 424 metres with 24.15 being her fastest. She notched three victories over 515 metres at Sandown where her best was 29.86 and won over 525 metres at The Meadows in 30.43. The other members of her litter were Black Shanghai (4 wins), Conprimo Lass (5 wins), Just Add Uno (4 wins) and Peneplain Babe (4 wins). Cut’s Both Ways has had one litter to date and that was to Meticulous whelped November 2008, producing Big Sids (2 wins) and Dolly’s Boy (6 wins). The dam was a very smart chaser and is already proven, which suggests that these youngsters should taste their share of success on the track.
Surf Lorian SUNSHINE breeder, Charlie Micallef registered a litter by Surf Lorian (Just The Best x Barrio Fiesta) and the three dogs and five bitches whelped June 1 are from Spalding Miss. The dam, a daughter of Exceptional and Limburg Lass, started 62 times for nine wins, scoring six times at Sandown over 515 metres with a PB of 30.15 and at The Meadows over 525 metres in 30.64. She won at Geelong over 457 metres in 25.94 and also scored at Ballarat over 550 metres in 31.86. The other members of her litter were Chapster (4 wins), Dutch Deal (11 wins), Limburg Err (25 wins), Limburg Limmo (6 wins), Limburg Star (5 wins), Special Jaqui (8 wins), Special Lad (3 wins) and Super Dutch (3 wins). Spalding Miss has had one litter to date and that was to Where’s Pedro
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In the week from August 30 to September 5 there were 17 litters registered with GRV. whelped in October 2008, producing Khumbu (7 wins), Marceri (3 wins) and My Little Bonnie (1 win). The dam, who has already thrown winners, was a smart chaser from a good litter, which augurs well for the future of these youngsters.
Cosmic Rumble ALISON CHISHOLM, Manager of the A & K Chisholm Syndicate, registered a litter by Cosmic Rumble (Spiral Nikita x Spiritual Rumble) and the six dogs and two bitches whelped May 9 are from After Party. The dam, a daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Classy Alice, won 10 of her 30 runs, sampling success four times at Geelong over 457 metres with a PB of 25.59 and won two races at Shepparton over 450 metres with 25.44 being her quickest. She picked up a win at Horsham over 480 metres in 27.23, saluted at Wentworth Park over 520 metres in 29.92, notched a victory at Maitland over 400 metres in 22.71 and had a win at that track over 450 metres in 25.05. In her litter were Ace Sabatini (5 wins), Bo Johnson (15 wins), Ivanovic (4 wins) and Showbags (9 wins). The dam was a good racer from a smart litter, which says these youngsters should have a bright future indeed.
Mogambo MOGAMBO (Where’s Pedro x Zarbo) sired a litter of two dogs and three bitches whelped May 14 from Buzz Cafe that was registered by Bunyip breeder, Geoff Collins. Buzz Café, a daughter of Collision and Ukiah, won three of her 12 Australian starts, collecting two wins at Gawler over 531 metres where 31.05 was her fastest, as well as an Angle Park 515 metres win in 30.26. The only other successful member of her litter was Rezende (2 wins). The dam was a very smart galloper in New Zealand, which suggests that these youngster future prospects are bright.
El Grand Senor EL GRAND SENOR (Where’s Pedro x Elgrando Gold) sired a litter of three dogs and four bitches whelped June 7 from Duchess Of Yap that was registered by Pearcedale breeder, Leeanne Unsworth. Duchess Of Yap, a daughter of Droopys Maldini and Leprechaun Pace, scored once in three attempts and that was at The Meadows over 525 metres in 30.89. Duchess Of Yap was the only member of her litter. The dam is beautifully bred and had ability, which tells us that these youngsters should meet with their share of success.
Velocette VELOCETTE (Bombastic Shiraz x Texan Lady) sired a litter of four dogs and three bitches whelped June 5 from Miss Boston, registered by Herne Hill breeder, Braden Finn. Miss Boston is an unraced daughter of Molotov and Elite Monelli. In her litter were American Spot (7 wins), American Titch (1 win), Jimmy Napoleon (2 wins), Lily Eve (5 wins), Napoleon Harry (1 win), Napoleon Tiger (16 wins) and Sonic Bomb Bale (1 win). The dam is from the Elusive Rebel line, which tells us that these youngsters should pick up their share of races.
Bit Chili HEATHCOTE breeder, Peter Hazelwwod registered a litter of four dogs and six bitches by Bit Chili (Bombastic Shiraz x Chili Berger) from Sapphire Hand, whelped June 11. Sapphire Hand, a daughter of Where’s Pedro and Sally’s Lass, won four of her 44 attempts, scoring at Maitland over 400 metres in 23.27 and also at Richmond over 535 metres in 31.48. She won over 506 metres at Lithgow in 30.33, as well as winning at Wentworth Park over 520 metres in 30.88. The other successful members of her litter were Classy Hand (12 wins), Crazy Hand (3 wins) and Duwanna Hand (1 win). The dam comes down on her female side from National Lass, which tells us that these youngsters should make their presence felt on the track.
Letter WE received a letter from Belinda King about some pups that she’s selling; They are by Where’s Pedro from Prize Pack who is a daughter of Phoenix Ice (ex Ireland) and Prize Princess (Solve The Puzzle x Princess Rema). Prize Princess is a litter sister of former champion sprinters Knockabout Wok and Puzzle Prize. Prize Princess is a half sister of Sir Prize, who is by Hallucinate, the litter brother of the sire of these pups, so the cross works. Prize Pack is a producer of top quality racing stock and she has thrown three individual Group finalists Convincing Talk, Callamac Ace and Callamac Kid. These pups are very keen and their conformation is second to none. Belinda adds that the pups will be GOBIS registered and vet checked if required. These pups are advertised in this paper.
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Echo’s resounding win You can’t top that Grafton September 28 WOOLI BASED greyhound trainer, Graeme Bowles made his trek to the races on Wednesday afternoon full of hope that his speedy youngster, Echo Lad could take out the Kleenheat Armidale to Grafton final following a solid second behind Neil’s Treasure in the fastest heat at Armidale the week prior. At boxrise it was Echo Lad that showed his customary early dash to set up camp ahead of the field, with the Bob Cooke trained Skid Machine hot on his hammer. Skid Machine looked to have his measure on a couple of occasions during the event but Echo Lad pulled out all stops to withstand his challenger’s efforts and valiantly recorded a narrow half head win. Echo Lad possessed solid Grafton form going into the event, with the youngster yet to be unplaced here from five outings, and those Cudgee Thea was a $17.30 winner for NGF punters and also trainer Gary Hunt of Allansford. who supported him were rewarded with the Raced by the Robgary Syndicate, the dark brindle chaser appreciated the step up to the nice dividend of $3.60. - Warrnambool pics courtesy Karen Giblin longer 680 metres trip. Echo Lad recorded 23.52 when defeating Skid Machine, while third placed Neil’s Treasure ran on nicely, a further three lengths away. Well travelled trainer, Dean Turley racksup more kilometres than most each year in search of a winner. And his efforts have been soundly rewarded in recent times with a winning double here at Grafton that came hot on the heels of a winning double at Lismore earleir in the week and a success at Albion Park, Brisbane on Sunday. On Wednesday afternoon, Dean was successful with Witchen Hour, who led all the way in the Bailey & Gough Stake over 407 metres, whilst Rum Train did a good job to run down race favourite, Stone Arch in the 480 metres Village Green Hotel heat. Mozza made it two on the trot at Warrnambool for the Salvo Syndicate and trainer Derryn Witchen Hour, who was having her first Harrison. The handy speedster has now won a dozen of his 29 career starts. look at the Grafton circuit, recorded 23.26 when making it win number eight from 22 Burnt Fuse, who’s won 12 of his 31 atstarts, paying the attractive dividend of $5.30. tempts, is son of Knocka Norris and Ebony Those who supported Rum Train, a good Warrnambool September 27 Jess, owned by the King High Syndicate. 27.72 winner, secured themselves a healthy Cracking Courser led all the way to take CUDGEE THEA collected the GOBIS Bonus $24.60 on the NSW TAB. by taking out the Novice Grade 5 over 650 out the 390 metres Bitches Maiden Final. One of the better bets of the day apAfter lining up in box two at $7.30, the metres on Tuesday night. peared to be the Vicki Wisener trained Petie Drawn in box two at $17.30, the Gary daughter of Black Enforcer and Mysterious Pie, who was ideally drawn in box eight in the Hunt trained stayer led throughout to score by Mandy defeated Dancing Eskimo ($1.80 fav) 480 metres greyhoundproductsdirect.com two lengths over Coogs Morris ($2.50 fav), with by a half length, with Platinum Gem ($9.30) heat. Bella Cullen ($4.90) seven and a quarter four and a half lengths back in third spot. Petie Pie made full use of his good draw Cracking Courser is trained by Chris lengths further astern. and early speed to race clear in the early McLeod for the Strathkellar Syndicate and her Cudgee Thea, who clocked 37.81 to bring stages and was never in any doubt of being up her first win in 18 tries, is a daughter of winning time was an equal PB of 22.88. beaten. Cosmic Cooper took time honours over Meticulous and Jacarrest, owned by the RobPetie Pie, the $2.10 favourite, defeated the 550 metres by clocking 31.42 to take out gary Syndicate. Lyndan Bear by two and a quarter lengths in th th Wongawilli Bruno finished best to take out the Mixed 4 /5 Grade. 27.65, with Red Hot Prince third. Rated on top at $2.20 from box eight, the the 450 metres Grade 4 in the BON time of Other heat winners were Gordon Ghekko, Darren Brown trained galloper scored by a 25.45. who recorded the best time of the four heats Rated at $7.40 out of box seven, the son length and a half over Mission Complete when he impressively took out the Clarence of Big Daddy Cool and Wongawillicath saluted ($3.70), with Big Stud ($7.50) coming in third, Valley Sheds heat in a smart 27.47, seconds by a length and a half over Aleta Allen ($6.10), four and three quarter lengths back. A winner of nine of his 44 outings, Cosmic over Who’s Fault, while Sartorial Cloud sewith Katsidis ($1.70 fav) three quarters of a Cooper is a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Cos- cured the Grafton Truck & Trailers Repairs length further adrift. heat when finishing powerfully for Gavin Lowe mic Goddess, owned by Louise Parkinson.. Wongawilli Bruno, who’s won four of his in 27.62. Aston Galilee posted the new PB and 12 runs, is trained by Peter Hunt for Steve Time honours for the 407 metres journey BON time of 25.07 to take out the 450 metres Moxey. rd/4th Grade. went to a greyhound having it’s first start on Mixed 3 Mozza took time honours over the 390 The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Elite the Grafton track. metres by running the new PB of 22.03 to The runner in question was the John score an all the way win in the Mixed 4th/5th Oriental came from box two as favourite at $1.30 to lead all the way and score by six and Watts trained Caribbean Kid, who led from Grade. The black sprinter came from box six as a quarter lengths over Cosmic Planet ($6.40), start to finish in the Gillespie Plumbing Stake. Caribbean Kid relished the drop in grade favourite at $2.30 to score by four and a half with Black Viking ($22.60) two and three quarfrom Free For All class to a 5th Grade event lengths over Maitrise ($3.50), with a neck to ter lengths further afield. Aston Galilee, trained by Jason Thomp- and is steadily building a solid career record third placed Wild Jack Junior ($6.20). A winner of 12 of his 29 outings, Mozza son for Ray Borda, has scored in 18 of his 27 that now stands at six wins and four placings from 11 start. was the first leg of a winning litter double for tries. Owner, Paul Wheeler had three of his One could safely presume that with furowners the Salvo Syndicate and trainer, Derchasers score, with Adelle Bale being the first ther experience on the track Caribbean Kid ryn Harrison. Vittoria completed the litter double for of those when she ran 31.65 to take out heat could well improve considerably on the 23.18 that he recorded last Wednesday. connections by posting 22.16 to easily take out two of the 550 metres Maiden. The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Junction Hill trainer, Sandy Robertson has a 390 metres Grade 5. Drawn in box one as the popular elect at Bale came from box three as favourite at $1.60 the knack of producing some very speedy $2.00, the daughter of Primo Uno and Win- to score by six and a quarter lengths over greyhounds, and his sole runner on the program, Tranquil Lily showed exactly that pace, some Minnie led throughout to romp in by Shanlyn Peanut ($9.10). Adelle Bale was the first leg of a winning as after beginning beautifully from box four, led seven and a quarter lengths over More Lightning ($4.00), with Cuga Bandit ($23.00) a half double for trainer, Andrea Dailly, with Bala all the way in the Grafton District Services Club Bale being her second leg and Paul’s third Stake over 407 metres. head away third. when she won a 450 metres Grade 5. The win, her first at the Grafton circuit, The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Dyna shows that any greyhound with good box manBeauty wore the white vest as favourite at ners won’t take long to replicate the success Ballarat September 28 BURNT FUSE picked up the GOBIS Bonus by $2.70 to beat Few Are Chosen ($3.60) by six time and again. Tranquil Lily ran 23.37 to defeat Schapelle taking out the final of the 390 metres Grade 5 and a half lengths in 25.30. The Graeme Bate trained Flip Bale was Trick and Reverend Lyndan. in the BON time of 22.13. Other winners on the program were CaraSent to box three as favourite at $2.70, Paul’s second leg and he clocked 26.08 to take mel Trick, who took out the Iluka Bowls Club the Eddie Caruana trained sprinter led all the out a 450 metres Grade 5. The son of Where’s Pedro and Horizon Maiden at the juicy odds of $46.60 for trainer, way to defeat Arolok Lady ($17.00) by two and a quarter lengths, with Spark Up ($3.00) pick- Bale wore the yellow vest at $3.40 to a four Darryl Schafer, and Barrons Best, winner of ing up third money, three and a quarter lengths and three quarter lengths win over Drive Away the Hessions Auto Parts Maiden for Reg Gar($5.80). doll. - Grafton Guru back.
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Shepparton September 28 PUNTERS ended the day on a good note when Top That took out the final race, a 390 metres Grade 5. Rated on top at $3.10 from box two, the Tracey Miles owned and trained sprinter scored by a length and a quarter over Our Blueagle ($7.70), with Billy Shines ($7.40) five and a quarter lengths further astern. Top That, a daughter of Droopys Maldini and Near The Top, stopped the clock at the new PB time of 22.75. Rollin’ Jaffas scored the easiest win of the day by leading throughout to land a 390 metres Tier 3 Maiden. The son of Meticulous and Finely Poised came from box six as favourite at $2.80 to romp in by seven and three quarter lengths over Paint Da Fence ($8.30), with Move Motion ($12.30) five lengths further afield. Rollin’ Jaffas, who recorded 22.64, is owned and trained at St. Albans by Bernie Ender. Doc’s Disciple took time honours over the 450 metres by running 25.77 to land a Grade 5. After lining up in box four at $5.10, the Jason Formosa trained chaser accounted for Dot Man ($6.80) and Classic Citi ($5.50), with a length both ways being the margins. Doc’s Disciple, who’s won 13 of her 52 starts, is a daughter of Surf Lorian and Shanlyn Lass, owned by Adrian Church. Hot An Creative posted the BOD time of 22.53 to take out a 390 metres Grade 5. Sent to box six at $5.90, the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Creative Dream led all the way to beat Kid Freddie ($2.50 fav) by a length, with Super Creative ($7.60) seven and a half lengths back in third spot. Hot An Creative, trained by John McClelland for Kevin, Narelle and Kerry Podmore has now scored in eight of her 28 outings.
Big win by Rodge
The Meadows September 28
COME ON RODGE scored his fifth victory by taking out the 525 metres 2-5 Win Grade 5 heat on Wednesday afternoon. Exiting box one at $1.30 favourite in gloomy conditions with heavy rain falling, the Jeannine Giles owned and trained chaser saluted by a 11¼ lengths to Beautiful Noise ($24.00), while Jayde’s Turn ($15.30) was a length back in third spot. Come On Rodge, a son of Our Barney and Cork In Ocean, stopped the clock at Best Of Day 30.34. In another round of the 2-5 Win Grade 5 over the 525 metres, Cee Anna Rose posted 30.38 to score. Coming from box four at $2.00 favourite, the fawn daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Senni Wendy won by a 12 lengths to Emotion Princess ($11.60), with Liberty Speed ($5.90) four and three quarter lengths further afield. A winner five times from 11 runs, Cee Anna Rose is trained by Jeanette Murphy for Andrew Graham. Father and daughter combo of Terry and Kylie Reid teamed-up with Zenda, who opened his account on the track in a Novice heat over 525 metres. The son of Surgeon and Blue Sky Hazard was a $15.90 chance from box three and overcame interference shortly after boxrise to get up in the last stride. Notching his first win at his 12th start, Zenda beat Long Black Road ($17.30) by a half head in 30.96, with Icebox ($1.40 fav) a length and three quarters further adrift. Rattling Rubie, a $7.70 shot trained by Jodie Selleck at Tooradin, ran the fastest time of the day to land a Grade 5 heat in 35.42 from box three. Owned by Cyril Anderson, the daughter of Collision and Token Excuse led from the halfway mark to register a three and a half lengths win over Fire Up Nate ($18.90), while third placed Donna Matrix ($17.50) was three quarters of a length further astern. Having her first try over 600 metres at The Meadows, Rattling Rubie has raced 16 times for three wins. Australia’s leading owner, Paul Wheeler racked-up a double, and the Steve Collins prepared Gula Bale was the first to salute in a Grade 5 event. Sent to box six at the 525 metres start as the $2.20 popular pick, the daughter of Give Me Five and Jasmine Bale recorded her ninth career win at her 23rd start when defeating
Kilrush ($4.50) by a half length in 30.74, with Dimon Devil ($9.40) securing third spot, two and a quarter lengths further back. Instant Bale ($3.10 fav) completed the double for Paul by landing 2-5 Win Grade 5 heat in 30.86. Beginning only fairly from the two trap, the Graeme Bate trained daughter of Bartrim Bale and Dyna Beauty lasted to beat Take It Home ($8.30) by a half head, while Nawala Mahogany ($9.80) wound up third, three lengths away. On debut at The Meadows over 525 metres, Instant Bale has raced on nine occasions for four wins.
Geelong September 29
SMART youngster, Enflame remained unbeaten over the 400 metres by taking out the Mixed 4th/5th Grade on Thursday night. Sent to box one as favourite at $1.80, the Darren Brown trained sprinter led all the way to score by a length and three quarters over Selsi Flyer ($20.30), with Riverdale Jimmy ($13.00) a length back in third spot. Enflame, a daughter of Paddy’s Flame and Encampbell, owned by the Park Long Syndicate, stopped the clock at 22.94. Lordie Keats ran the BON time of 26.30 to take out a 460 metres Grade 5. Coming from box one as the popular elect at $3.00, the son of Hooded Assassin and Keatstar led throughout to score by five lengths over Wilham’s Son ($4.90), with Limburg Hope ($26.30) three and a quarter lengths further astern. A winner of 10 of his 39 outings, Lordie Keats is trained by John Adlam for Shane Keating. Greysynd Zero finished the best to score a strong win in the 520 metres Grade 5 in 30.51. Wearing the red vest at $4.10, the Graham Whitford trained galloper defeated Silverwater Jack ($4.40) by a length, with a head to third placed Thirteen More ($18.50). Greysynd Zero, who’s scored in five of her 32 attempts, is a daughter of Bit Chili and My Selection, owned by the Greysynd Syndicate. Blue Mister took time honours over the 400 metres by running 22.75 after leading throughout to land a Grade 5. Rated at $4.00 from box eight, the son of Mister Twink and Blue Bonnie beat Walk Don’t Run ($7.20) by six and three quarter lengths, with Nirra Meg ($35.50) nine lengths further astern. Blue Mister is trained by Michael Chilcott for the Bank St. Syndicate and at his 27th start, this was his eighth win.
Warragul September 29
JADED PUZZLE ran the BOD time of 26.23 when an easy all the way winner of a 460 metres Grade 5 on Thursday. Sent to box eight as favourite at $1.80, the Luke Bottom trained chaser scored by five lengths over Max’s Awesome ($10.40), with Six Foot Tall ($8.10) two lengths back in third spot. A winner of five of her 30 outings, Jaded Puzzle is a daughter of Droopy’s Puzzle and Emma Jade, owned by Robert Moles. Dr. Gosso posted 23.30 after leading from pillar to post in a 400 metres Tier 3 Maiden. Drawn in box three at $4.40, the son of Pure Octane and Dr. Xavier defeated Pure Supremo ($4.40) by four and three quarter lengths, with a neck to third placed Zorro Fire ($8.00). Dr. Gosso was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Judy McMahon and for the Doctors Kennels Syndicate. Dr. Iona completed the double for Judy McMahon and the Doctors Kennels Syndicate by clocking 26.63 to score in a 460 metres Tier 3 Maiden. Wearing the red vest at $6.50, the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Dr. Mauve saluted by a length and a half over Tombstone ($3.60), with Zeva Waters ($2.30 fav) the next to arrive, two and three quarter lengths back. Greysynd King took time honours over the 400 metres by registering 22.89 when an all the way winner of a Grade 5. Coming from box seven as favourite at $2.20, the Paul Anderton trained sprinter cruised home a seven lengths winner over Kava King ($3.60), with Sir Sir Hannibal ($6.60) a length back in third spot. Greysynd King, a son of El Galo and Keep Cool, owned by Warren Owen, has now won three of his four tries.
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Gav gets the lot Geelong September 30
SELECT GAV collected the GOBIS Bonus as well as the $7500 first prizemoney by taking out the final of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series over 460 metres on Friday night. Sent to box two at $5.30, the Ken Bailey owned and trained youngster scored by three and a half lengths over El Rio ($25.30), with a neck to third placed Proven Maddy ($3.10 fav). Select Gav, a son of Pure Octane and Another Flood, returned the time of 26.15. Always Puzzled led throughout to take out a 400 metres Grade 5 in 23.13. Drawn in box six as favourite at $2.20, the son of Droopy’s Puzzle and Royalties saluted by a head over Holy Rioli ($5.10), with Where’s Torres ($7.90) three and a quarter lengths further afield. Always Puzzled, owned by Dinah Moles, was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Norm Rilen. The Robert Moles owned Pat’s Dunroaming completed the double for Norm by posting 26.19 when an all the way winner of a 460 metres Grade 5. After lining up in box six at $2.70, the son of Droopy’s Puzzle and Emma Jade defeated Where’s Luke ($6.50) by six lengths, with Penske Nan ($2.40 fav) three quarters of a length back in third spot. Dyna Bert ran the BON time of 25.84 to take out the 460 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Wearing the black vest as favourite at $2.90, the red brindle chaser scored by five and a half lengths over Bee Fifty One ($20.10), with Lektra Billy ($6.90) three and three quarter lengths further astern. A winner of 11 of his 28 starts, Dyna Bert was the first leg of a winning litter double for owner trainer combo of Brendan Wheeler and Andrea Dailly. Dyna Steal completed the litter double for Brendan and Andrea by posting 26.16 to take out the final of the Restricted Win Stake over 460 metres. Coming from the inside trap as the popular elect at $2.00, the son of Collision and Gold Rush Bale beat Tandar Lass ($7.20) by a length, with Entice Me Juliet ($4.40) picking up third money, a neck away. Golden Miracle took the time honours over the 400 metres by registering 22.83 when an all the way winner of a Grade 5. Wearing the pink vest at $5.40, the Joe Briffa trained sprinter scored by five and a half lengths over Okay Ashlee ($15.20), with Rough Draw ($5.20) a neck away third. Golden Miracle, a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Golden Gwen, owned by John Lenehan, has now won three of his 15 starts.
Traralgon September 30
RED MARKER took out the 298 metres Super Dash Final on Friday night. Coming from box eight at $18.70, the Bill McMahon trained sprinter led throughout to score by two and a quarter lengths over Mid Levels ($5.50), with She’s Tops ($21.60) two and a half lengths further afield. Red Marker is, son of Pure Octane and Alarming Lee, owned by Ray Borda, returned the time of 17.00. Borderlands broke through by running 30.37 to take out heat one of the 513 metres Maiden. Sent to box six at $18.60, the black chaser greeted the Judge a half length ahead
POSITIVE SWAB FOR TONNELLI BALE
STEWARDS completed an inquiry on 3 October 2011, into the circumstances relating to the obtaining of the positive urine sample from the greyhound TONNELI BALE at the Darwin Greyhound Association meeting held at Winnellie Park on Monday 25 July 2011. Mr. Graeme Bate was charged with a breach of the Greyhound Australasia’s Rule R83 (2) which reads: R83 Racing greyhound to be free of prohibited substances (2) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound(a) nominated to compete in an Event; (b) presented for a satisfactory, weight or whelping trial or such other trial as provided for pursuant to these Rules; or (c) presented for any test or examination for the purpose of a period of incapacitation or prohibition being varied or revoked
of Neesy’s Honour ($4.70), with Mid City Hannah ($1.50 fav) three quarters of a length further adrift. Borderlands was the first leg of a litter double for owner trainer, Andrew Wood. Allegiance completed the litter double for Andrew by registering 30.65 to take out heat three of the 513 metres Maiden. Wearing the white vest as favourite at $1.80, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Game On Girl scored by a length over Ruby’s Lucky ($3.40) and Dr. Athena ($9.30), two and three quarter lengths was the margin there. Pygmy Prince ran the BON time of 29.73 to easily score in heat two of the 513 metres Maiden. The Joe Abela owned and trained chaser came from box three at $4.80 to bolt in by 12½ lengths over Laquinta Boy ($6.30), with a neck to third placed Droopy’s Madness ($2.80 fav). Pygmy Prince is a son of Pure Octane and Sicem Rex and this was his third attempt at breaking through. Invictus Phoenix took the time honours over the 298 metres by posting the new PB of 16.94 when successful in the Mixed 4th/5th Grade. After lining up in box five as favourite at $2.30, the son of Pure Octane and Invictus Twain saluted by three and a half lengths over Bluette Lassi ($10.00), with Pure Rampage ($13.90) the third one in, two lengths back. Invictus Phoenix, who’s won 14 of his 65 starts, is owned and trained by Maureen and Phillis Brown.
Unbeaten is best
Warrnambool October 1 FULLY ADVANCED remained unbeaten at four from four by taking out a 450 metres Grade 5 on Saturday night. Coming from box one as favourite at $1.50, the Ron McCullagh owned and trained chaser led throughout to score by three and a quarter lengths over Reekay Riot ($5.20), with Maria Bale ($10.90) seven and a half lengths further astern. Fully Advanced, a son of Collision and Okay Supreme, returned the BON time of 25.38. Owner, Paul Wheeler combined with trainer, Steve Collins to take the night’s honours with a treble, and their first leg was with Bance Bale in heat one of the 450 metres Maiden. Drawn in box one at $5.10, the son of Where’s Pedro and Fiona Bale led throughout to record 25.93 in defeating Ardrossan ($22.10) and Haiti Bale ($10.10), with two and three quarter lengths by a neck being the margins. Alana Bale was leg two for Paul and Steve and she posted 25.82 after leading from pillar to post to score in heat two of the 450 metres Maiden. After lining up in box eight at $14.50, the daughter of Go Wild Teddy and Marzeena Bale scored by two lengths over Big Mummie ($2.30 fav), with Molly Jade ($5.80) three quarters of a length back in third spot. Making it a clean sweep in the 450 metres Maiden heats for Paul and Steve, Daryl Bale registered 25.82 after leading throughout to land the third heat. A litter brother of Bance Bale, the black youngster wore the green vest at $4.20 to a five and a quarter lengths win over Courtney Bay ($6.10), with Who Be What ($25.10) collecting third money, two and a half lengths in arrears. Sinful Soul took time honours over the shall present the greyhound free of any prohibited substance. (3) The owner, trainer or person in charge of a greyhound presented contrary to subrule (2) shall be guilty of an offence. Mr. Bate pleaded not guilty to the charge. The Stewards after considering all evidence submitted found Mr. Bate guilty of the charge. Mr Bate was fined $1,000. Stewards acting under rule R83(4) disqualified TONNELI BALE from running first in the Event and subsequently disqualified TONNELI BALE in accordance with R83(5)(b) from the final of the Darwin Cup conducted at Winnellie Park on 29th July 2011 and amended the placings of both Events accordingly. Mr. Bate was read his rights of appeal, and immediately lodged an appeal. - Eddie Berry Chairman of Stewards Department Of Justice Northern Territory Government
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390 metres by clocking 22.57 when successful in a Grade 5. Rated on top at $3.50 out of box four, the Ken Anderton trained sprinter defeated Walkaway True ($4.80) by a length and a half, with two and a half lengths to third placed Miss Bunker ($5.60). Sinful Soul is a daughter of Hallucinate and Killswitch, owned by Jane Sheen, and at her 11th start, this was her fourth win.
Favourite’s final Sale October 2 MARMION collected the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the 440 metres Grade 5 Final on Sunday night in the new PB and BON time of 24.67. Sent to box six as favourite at $1.70, the John Coburn trained chaser scored by five and a half lengths over Smurf’s Senorita ($17.50), with Arvo’s Josie ($25.10) two and three quarter lengths further afield. Marmion, a son of Elite State and Show Stopper, owned by the Waterco Syndicate, has now won 21 of his 53 starts. Matador Lad picked up the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the 440 metres Maiden Final. Rated at $4.80 from box three, the son of Where’s Pedro and Sonador came from box three at $4.80 to bolt in by 10½ lengths over Zeva Waters ($13.10), with a neck to third placed Cash Kid ($11.60). Matador Lad, owned and trained by Stan Ralph, recorded the new PB time of 24.80. Federal Bureau snared a GOBIS Bonus by taking out the 650 metres Restricted Win Stake in 37.54. Wearing the pink vest as the popular elect at $2.10, the John Connor trained stayer scored an all the way length and a half win over Honey Crumble ($9.50), with Groober ($5.30) two and a half lengths back in third spot. A winner of six of his 32 outings, Federal Bureau is a son of Where’s Hoover and Right Way Gloria, owned by George Wapshott. Our Buddy posted 29.70 to score an all the way win in the 520 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Drawn in box five at $3.80, the son of Our Spence and Sonny’s Fool saluted by three
Smash goes crash Casino September 30 QUEENDLAND owned and trained greyhound Cawbourne Smash took out the Charcoal Inn Casino Cup 484m at the Casino greyhound meeting last Friday with A dominant display of sustained chasing. Beginning well from box 6 Cawbourne Smash positioned behind local Frisky Melody , which carved out slick first section of 2.73secs, into the first turn before breezing past that greyhound in the middle section and moving away to score by 2 ½ lengths in the best time of the night 27.31 secs. Cawbourne Smash was having his third run on the Casino circle and remains undefeated. Owned by Chris Kadniak and prepared by Shane Ellis Cawbourne Smash now has an imposing career record of 19 wins from 36 starts. The owner/trainer combination had tasted success earlier in the programme when litter mate to the cup winner, Cawbourne Cody, dominated in the CMK Haulage Stk 484m scoring by 5 ¾ lengths in 27.60. Using his knowledge of the track obtained
quarters of a length over Smashville ($7.70), with Apache Pass ($1.90 fav) three and a half lengths further astern. Owned by Blake Reed, the Stephen Reed trained galloper has been around 53 times in total for 18 wins. Battle Rose posted the new PB time of 25.00 to score in the 440 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. After exiting box seven at $6.20, the Jeff Chignell trained chaser defeated Red Sole ($4.20) by two lengths, with Heza Blazin’ ($13.10) three quarters of a length back in third spot. Battle Rose, a son of Mister Twink and Kiama Bay, was the first leg of a winning double for owner, Sharon-Lee Chignell. Dr. Sharon, raced by the Doctors Kennels Syndicate, gave Sharon-Lee her double by registering 25.29 to take out a 440 metres Grade 5. The daughter of Shanlyn Prince and Knockabout Babe beat Fairy Horse ($2.80 fav) by a head, with Kistex ($14.50) a length and a half back in the skinny end of the prize.
cording the BOD time of 29.92 to take out a 515 metres Grade 5. The son of Paddy’s Flame and Sanzzero wore the blue vest as favourite at $2.30 to a three and a half lengths win over McCosker Speed ($3.80), with Secret Ricky ($25.80) a length and a half further afield. King’s Karizzma has now started seven times and this was his second win. The only race over the 595 metres was a Grade 5 and Akoya Pearl posted 25.05 to score. After exiting box seven at $4.70, the Ray Gilmore trained galloper got there by a neck over Proven Mead ($6.20), with Itchycoo Keats ($8.00) the next one in, three quarters of a length away. A winner of seven of her 25 starts, Akoya Pearl is a daughter of Regal Brett and My Pearly Shells owned by the Offshore Risk Syndicate.
Sandown October 2 DOUBLE JEOPARDY found heat one of the GRV VBIS (1-4 win) Special Event a much easier assignment on Sunday and scored easily. Coming from box two as favourite at $1.60, the Jeff Britton trained chaser scored by five lengths over Riviera Miss ($36.10), with three quarters of a length to third placed Arnie’s Star ($6.90). Double Jeopardy, a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Sionara Baby, owned by Joanne Maschmedt, stopped the clock at 30.20. Zero’s Hero posted 30.22 to score in a 515 metres Grade 5. Rated at $4.90 from box seven, the son of Return The King and Sanzzero saluted by a length and three quarters over Greek Irish ($7.70), with Rainbow’s Gift ($3.00 fav) two lengths back in third spot. Zero’s Hero was the first leg of a winning double for owners the Pizazz Park Syndicate and for trainer, Kay King. King’s Karizzma completed the double for Kay and the Pizazz Park Syndicate by reat his previous outings Cawbourne Cody tracked a little wide from box 8 but quickly hauled in the leaders in the closing stages to score running away. Promising litter mates Wild Ace and Uki Sheila, by Collision - Halzani, and owned and trained in different interests, enjoyed the step up in distance in winning their respective Events. Wild Ace, owned and trained by Robin Palmer on the Tweed, justified his short quote when he dominated the Armstrong Excavations 5th Grade 484m scoring by 5 lengths in a smart 27.48 secs. It was his third victory from 5 career starts. Uki Sheila, owned by Michael Bambery, and prepared locally by Neil Falls also dominated in her event over 484m drawing away to score by 6 ¾ lengths in 27.45 secs. The dam of these greyhounds, Halzani., was a handy performer over the middle distances.
King of the track. Phantom Lion and John Free after the hard chaser roared home to win at Lismore on September 27.
- pic courtesy Lisa Vanderstok
Black Dolce, prepared for Norm Stapley by Jim Madigan at Grafton, continued her good form at Casino with a strong win the Liberty Fuel Stations 5th grade 411m. Beginning well from box 5, Black Dolce got into a great spot in the early stages before drawing away for a good win in 23.43 secs. Her win indicated she may well handle a longer journey. Another youngster who appreciated the step up in distance was Sista Vista who scored a hollow win in the Robinson Family stk 484m. Prepared locally by Julie Gauld, Sista Vista recorded 27.74 in scoring by 4 ¾ lengths and extended her career record to 4 wins from 8 outings. The club officials were extremely pleased with the cup meeting attendance and betting turnover for the twilight fixture. - Casino Crusher
Cawbourne Smash with Shane Ellis and Christopher Kadniak at the presentation of the $25,000 to the winner Charcoal Inn Casino Cup last Friday afternoon. The brilliant sprinter remains unbeaten in three runs over the track’s 484 metres grass circuit. - pic courtesy Lisa Vanderstok
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BOOM YOUNGSTERS, Heston Bale and Bekim Bale are Melbourne Cup bound following brilliant wins in very trying conditions at Sandown Park last Thursday night. Heston Bale had drawn box two in the Macro Meats Shootout November 3rd Grade 5 over 515 metres and went to the traps as the favourite at $1.30. The black chaser wasn’t that flash away and then had no room down to the first mark, where he was fifth behind early leader, Fierce Weetbix in 5.14. Heston Bale was in a bit of bother turning out of the straight but bullocked his way to third before narrowly getting to second at the back turn, spotting the leader, Fierce Weetbix a four lengths starts with the clock paused at 19.20. Heston Bale cut loose to claim the leader coming around the final turn and did it comfortably to the line, beating Fierce Weetbix ($10.80) by five and a half lengths, with Montebello Oscar ($15.10) a length and a half away third. Heston Bale remained unbeaten at four from four, all on the track and at the trip, with the former record holder registering a 29.84 gallop. He was the first leg of a litter double for owner, Paul Wheeler and the first leg of a treble for trainer, Andrea Dailly.
Bekim’s best THE CURRENT 515 metres track record holder, Bekim Bale ran Best Of Night 29.70 to give Paul and Andrea their litter double when he took out the Solo Melbourne Cup November 17th Grade 5 over 515 metres. Coming from box four as the popular elect at $1.30, the son of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale was away only reasonably then had to work hard to the first mark when fourth behind Boggy Spitfire, who led in 5.09, with Dream Chick second and Le Pippy third. Bekim Bale got forced out through the first bend but regained
his composure to get to third and hit top gear along the back, zooming between Dream Chick and Boggy Spitfire to hit the front and take the split in 19.23. From there it was a one-dog race, as Bekim Bale stretched out to the wire and scored by seven and a half lengths over Dream Chick ($25.20) with consummate ease, whilst Boggy Spitfire ($25.00) was five lengths further astern. Bekim Bale has raced four times, all on the track at the journey, for three wins and a second. The Brendan Wheeler owned Dyna Lowell gave Andrea her treble when he led throughout to take out the twitter.com/sandowndogs Free For All over 515 metres. Sent to box two at $17.10, the son of Collision and Gold Rush Bale ran splits of 5.13 and 18.97 on his way to a two lengths win over Crossfarnogue ($9.60), with Smoke Home ($5.40) the next to arrive, two and a half lengths back. Dyna Lowell stopped the clock at 29.76, making it three wins in eight goes at the trip, and 11 firsts in 40 attempts overall. Paul Wheeler ticked-up a treble later in the night when the Graeme Bate trained Numero Uno Bale finished best to score in the Macro Meats Mixed 4th/5th Grade over 515 metres in 30.11.
Back from a break ECHELON resumed from a six weeks break to score a strong win in the Find Us On Facebook Mixed 4th/5th Grade over 595 metres. After lining up in box three at $4.10, the Craig Treherne trained chaser was away reasonably, and when he punched up to be third into the straight the first turn, it really looked to be his race. New Year’s Punch led to the
No laughing matter: Ruby Ha Ha finally managed to post her first city win when successful last Thursday night. A recognised “tanglefoot”, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Paddy’s Meika had sent punters broke, having been a beaten short-priced favourite in six of her past eight defeats. There is no disputing her amazing talent as she has posted some very hot times at Traralgon’s Glenview Park, and last week still had to navigate her way through the field after finding early trouble. Raced by the NEOMC Syndicate and trained at H a z e lw o o d N or t h b y R ob er t Neocleous, this well bred 26 monthsold bitch will have no trouble handing the middle distances later on, and this gutsy win will only enhance her brood bitch value. judge a lap put in 9.24 with two lengths to Kialdu Anna, while Echelon was on the fence, just a half length back. Echelon railed to second out of the straight and claimed New Year’s Punch up the back to take over and record 23.63 at the second split, and they’d put six lengths on the rest, headed by Kialdu Anna. Echelon did it as he liked over the final stages, bolting in by nine lengths over New Year’s Punch ($10.60), with Yowyeh ($3.00 fav) three quarters of a length further adrift. Echelon recorded 34.46 to make it two wins in five goes at the trip, as part of his 10 wins in 29 starts overall. The black chaser, a son of Mogambo and Off Springer, is owned by Len Jones.
The Dailly kennel has two of the hottest youngsters seen for many years, litter brothers Heston and Bekim Bale. Both saluted last week in a running race double on a slow and rain-affected wet track. Heston Bale remains undefeated with four wins, all at Sandown Park. The former 515 metres track record holder began moderately before taking off approaching the home turn, where he literally ran away from his rivals to record a 29.84 victory. His time illustrates how slow the racing surface was, but also emphasised just what a big future this Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale pup has ahead of him. Bekim Bale, pictured with Tommy Dailly, wasn’t fazed by the “sandwich treatment” he received soon after leaving the boxes, nor the buffeting entering the first turn. He held his ground rounding the bend and then let go down the back straight. The slightly smaller of the prodigious pair charged home to post his third win over the 515 metres distance in 29.70, well outside his staggering track record run of 28.96, set four days earlier. What does the future hold for these youngsters? Well, the Melbourne Cup is their mission, according to Tommy, and they won’t be going to South Australia for the Adelaide Cup. Phew, those Croweaters can breath a sigh of relief.
Jo’s got luck
Echelon was back to his brilliant best at Sandown Park last week. The longstriding stayer appreciated a short seven week break, due to hock problems, according to trainer, Craig Treherne, and the let-up has worked wonders. The son of Mogambo and Off Springer notched his second win over the 595 metres trip on a rain-affected Sandown Park track, recording 34.46. Page 62 - National Greyhound Form, Thursday, October 6th, 2011
JO’S GOT JAZZ had a bit of good luck on her side that enabled her to score a surprise win in the Follow Us On Twitter Grade 5 over 715 metres. Sent to box two at $17.90, the daughter of Boris Reigns and Chat Line was away well but wound up back in fourth spot at the first peg, where Premier Boloney led in 6.14, with Mr. Chauvinist second and Elite Strike third. Around to the judge with a lap to travel in 15.66, it was Premier Boloney in charge by six lengths over Mr. Chauvinist, with four lengths to Elite Strike third, while Jo’s Got Jazz was fourth, 12 lengths off the lead. Premier Boloney reached the back turn in 30.99 but they were clos-
Winston and Jennie Gieschen pose with Jo’s Go Jazz after the out of form country chaser scored an impressive come from behind debut win over the 715 metres staying trip, clocking 42.54. ing fast, and on the side Elite Strike got held up by Mr. Chauvinist when trying to go through on the rail, with Jo’s Got Jazz taking advantage and whipping around them to take over. Jo’s Got Jazz came away to score by six and a half lengths over the frightfully unlucky Elite Strike
($3.20), with Groober ($7.70) two and a quarter lengths further afield. Jo’s Got Jazz recorded 42.54 to tick-up her fourth win in 34 goes when on debut at the trip. The black half-miler is owned and trained at Maffra by Winston Gieschen.
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THE transformation of Geelong’s greyhound super centre continues, with the Victorian Coalition Government today announcing funding for new facilities for families, patrons and punters. Minister for Racing Denis Napthine attended Geelong’s Beckley Park recently and announced $144,000 in infrastructure funding for a new outdoor deck and children’s playground from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV). “The Beckley Centre has quickly become a major hub for greyhound enthu si a st s and the Ge e lo n g community,” Dr Napthine said. “The Coalition Government has committed $62,000 to this project to ensure the growing number of families who enjoy a night or a day out at the greyhounds, can continue to do so in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. “The outdoor deck area will be built at the eastern end of The Beckley Centre, close to the parade ring and all the racing action. When complete, it will be in a prime location for spectators to experience some fantastic racing during the summer months. “The deck will feature seating and tiered steps, while ramps will also be built to provide easy access for parents and patrons, who will also use the deck for the Saturday morning community markets. “The children’s playground will provide a family-friendly environment and will be shared with Geelong Harness Racing Club. The playground will be complemented by landscaping and pathway works to unify both racing venues,” Dr Napthine said. The Beckley Centre was officially opened in April this year and is one of
ANYBODY who might have doubted Rockchase Bullet’s right to be a clear favourite for the Hennerty Sales Irish Laurels at Curraheen Park got their answer in Saturday’s second round where he performed a near miracle in translating a near disaster into an extraordinary triumph. The Ronny Wuyts trained son of Westmead Hawk was in an impossible position off the second bend after being slowly away in Heat 3 and he was the best part of ten lengths adrift of Sede Vacante in fourth place. He then produced one of the greatest runs of the year as he improved into second at halfway but was still six lengths adrift of the leader on the third bend. Simply flying up the straight he got up on the line to beat Sede Vacante by a neck in 28.26 with Killians Express six and a half lengths back in third. Rockchase Bullet has now hardened to 5-1 favourite for the classic and he is clearly a real star. However, he will need to sharpen up on his starting if he is to claim this classic. Paul Hennessy had a great night and had an impressive double. Colorful Champ flashed out of traps in Heat 7, cleared Happy Hermit to the bend and was five lengths clear at halfway before going on to win by five and a half lengths from Happy Merit in 28.32 with Mines A Pint three parts of a length away in third. Earlier Barefoot Admiral had gained a very convincing victory in Heat 4 where he rode a bump on the bend to go clear on the second bend. He then raced home a five length winner from always second Cool Present in 29.62 with Rival Reward a length and a half third. Flying first round winner Moes Tavern failed to survive the opening heat where Peter Cronin’s Bombolini denied him a first bend lead and led all the way to win in a slick 28.40, coming home a length in front of Beaming Dilemma with St Louis Charlie denying Moes Tavern the third spot in a photo. In the most exciting finish of the night Mossie O’Connor’s Deerfield Music just landed the odds in Heat 2. Mickys Trickster led by two lengths from Deerfield Music on the second bend but Deerfield took it up around the bottom and then held the flying finishes of Glenanore and Vito Dawn by a neck and three parts of a length in 28.45.
the most significant projects ever undertaken by GRV. It involved the development of a multi-million dollar grandstand and a world first second inner track, the Bate Track, named after Victoria’s top trainer Graeme Bate. Geelong Greyhound Racing Club General Manager Daniel Salter said the Club appreciated the support of Coalition Government and GRV. “The new deck, to be located opposite the winning post,will be a great asset for the Club and a fantastic location for our patrons to enjoy the race action up close,” Mr Salter said. The playground equipment will enhance the family appeal of the Club and provide a safe, entertaining place for children.” GRV Chief Executive Officer John Stephens said the funding was another great example of the Coalition Government and GRV working together to deliver for greyhound racing. “Greyhound racing is a communityoriented sport, and these two wonderful projects will cater for greyhound enthusiasts and racegoers with young families,” Mr Stephens said. Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government was committed to fostering growth across all racing codes throughout Victoria. “Victorian racing is more than just an exciting sport and great way to spend a day out with your family, it is an important part of our economy and a significant employer,” Dr Napthine said. “More than 70,000 jobs are generated by racing in Victoria and most of these are in regional areas. The Coalition Government is a proud supporter of country racing and recognises the important role it plays in local communities.” Early pace again proved vital in Heat 5 where the John Cusack trained Newlawn Tock went clear to the bend from Varra Captain and held the latter’s challenge by a head in 28.40 with Knockane Rebel just a length back in third. Fastest first round winner Slick Seattle was knocked out after being baulked on the opening bend in Heat 6 and victory went to the Dolores Ruth trained Razldazl Rioga his displayed his noted early pace to lead up the rail from Leeview Jet. Razldazl Rioga’s terrific tight railing saw him save ground all the way and he had 2 lengths in hand of Leeview in 28.52 with Mumhan Aris in third. Tom O’Neill’s Derby runner-up Dream Walker was an evens favourite for the concluding heat and he went past Spearhawk off the second bend. Deerfield Sings closed rapidly into the third bend but was forced to check and Dream Walker ran on to win by a length and a half from Deerfield in 28.40 with Rockview Head staying on strongly to be a four length third. The draw for the quarter finals to be run next Saturday: Heat 1: 1 Bombolini; 2 Deerfield Music; 3 Mines A Pint; 4 Varra Captain; 5 Rival Reward (m); 6 Killians Express (w). Heat 2: 1 Beaming Dilemma; 2 Barefoot Admiral; 3 Deerfield Sings; 4 Mumhan Aris; 5 Vito Dawn (w); 6 Knockane Rebel (w). Heat 3: 1 Cool Present; 2 Rockchase Bullet; 3 Colorful Champ; 4 Razldazl Rioga; 5 Leeview Jet; 6 Sede Vacante. Heat 4: 1 Happy Hermit; 2 Rockview Head; 3 Dream Walker; 4 St Louis Charlie; 5 Newlawn Tock; 6 Glenanore.
ARDKILL A MULVANEY SHOCKER
THERE was a major turn up in the final of the Billy Mulvaney Snr and Jnr Open 600 at Shelbourne Park on Saturday when the Robert Gleeson trained Ardkill Star was the surprise all the way winner of the €6,000 prize for joint owners Ciaran Mangan and leading flat jockey Willie Supple. The lightly raced Ardkill Star, a son of the ill-fated Ardkill Jamie and Cornamaddy Girl, flashed out of the two box and immediately showed in front. The favourite Slippery Bob didn’t display his traditional early zip and never got in a blow. Ardkill hit the bend a length in front of Airforce Roger and Razldazl Barack and had gone three lengths clear by the back straight. Razldazl Barack was now in second ahead of Airforce Roger but we all realised that the race was virtually over. Ardkill may have been having only the eighth race of his career but he has always looked big on stamina and he strode out pow-
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CROSSING TEXAS collected the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the 520 metres Grade 5 Top Cat Country Cup Final at Cranbourne on Monday night. Coming from box three at $4.50, the Christine Haigh owned and trained chaser finished best to defeat Suron Undercover ($31.20) by two lengths, with Sisco Spice ($10.50) two and three quarter lengths back in third spot. Crossing Texas, a son of Texas Gold and Lily’s Portrait, clocked 30.47. There was a Novice Grade 5 run
Crossing Texas with Neville and Christine Haigh of Crossover after the hard chasing son of Texas Gold and Lily’s Portrait landed the TOPCAT Video Country Cup (GOBIS) at Cranbourne on Monday night in 30.47.
over 699 metres and Coogs Morris was the winner. Wearing the red vest as favourite at $1.40, the daughter of Texas Gold and Cathryn Morris scored by two and a half lengths over I’m A Shelley ($6.90), with three quarters of a length to third placed Willodrie ($4.90). Coogs Morris, owned and trained by Charles Xuereb, has scored twice in 13 outings to date. Daintree Palace ran the BON time of 30.09 when an easy all the way winner of the 520 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Sent to box five as favourite at $2.30, the Lauren Gorman trained chaser bolted in by eight and three quarter lengths over Monstered
($3.50), with Destructinator ($7.90) the next to arrive, a neck away. A winner of 21 of his 56 starts, Daintree Palace is a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Daintree Lady, owned by Gary Joske. Parto’s Simba took time honours over the 311 metres by clocking the new PB of 17.75 to score in a Grade 5. Rated at $3.20 from box eight, the son of Global Warming and Belron Blue romped home an eight and a half lengths winner over Zingarella ($17.50), with Eyes On Prize ($8.70) a length and a half further afield. Parto’s Simba, who’s won 11 of her 51 attempts, is owned and trained by Ron Partington. - Darryl Embling
ANTHONY AZZOPARDI - trainer of recent Paws of Thunder winner Fancy Will – has announced he will not be accepting an invitation to bring his star chaser down for the Group 1 Sky Racing TOPGUN, to be held on October 22. Instead, the son of Where’s Pedro and Sweet Fancy will be set for the Group 2 Lismore Cup, which kicks off on October 18. The Meadows Manager Marg Long said the final eight is still shaping up as one of the best fields assembled for 2011. “It is a shame Fancy Will won’t be making the trek down, but the final field (to be announced at next
Saturday night’s Meadows meeting) is still set to be an absolute cracker.” The TOPGUN panel will meet this Friday to finalise the field, with connections having until Thursday to accept first-round invitations. The October 22 TOPGUN meeting will also see the running of heats for the Group 2 City of Hume Cup over the popular 600-metre journey, last year taken out by the brilliant Flash Of Light. Do you know your dogs? Pick the TOPGUN field here before October 7 to win a big screen TV or $100 TAB betting vouchers to bet on the big race. TOPGUN field will be announced on October 8.
Spencer the shoulder and the latter crashed into Sparta Maestro. As a result Ruthless Man now moved into third ahead of the favourite. With Swift Maestro finding it difficult to get around Ruthless Man down the back, Swift Marathon had victory sealed as he turned for home and he ran strongly up the straight to win by two and a half lengths in 28.84. It was a length to Ruthless Man and Shaneboy Spencer who could not be separated and connections subsequently agreed to a toss of the coin. As a result Ruthless Man will be in the final. A happy trainer Graham afterwards said: “He is running very well and going up strongly. Hopefully he can now land the two box again for the final”. When the draw was made a few minutes later by Ted Hegarty, Graham’s wish was granted. In fairness it must be stated that Sparta Maestro ran a big race in getting up to finish second. Trainer and joint owner Phil Gough said: “I closed my eyes on the bend but I am delighted he has made the final. He was tired after the race, it must have been that first bend bang he got and we will just hope for the best from the draw”. The second heat was a two dog affair in the betting ring with Movealong Dash the favourite ahead of Callums Flash and the pair of them largely dominated the race. Katies Tango was first to hit the ground but Movealong Dash lived up to his name as he quickly showed in front. Callums Flash was slowly away but had the room to move in for a rails slot and he was poised in fourth around the bend. Movealong Dash showed the way down the far side but Callums Flash produced a big burst of pace along the rail to hit the front before the third bend. Running on in fetching style, Callums Flash raced on to win by two and a half lengths in 28.94. Incitatus ran on with real gusto to move from fifth at the third bend to take second a length in front of Movealong Dash. John Kiely, trainer of Callums Flash, was clearly delighted with his charge Callums Flash but didn’t share the same luck as Seamus Graham. “This is a really good young dog and he will be a strong stayer. He was lucky tonight to miss the break as he was able to get across to the inside. I would be hoping for an inside draw in the final, it would give him a real chance”. When the draw was made and Callums drew the six box for next Friday’s decider,
Kiely’s eyes rose to the heavens and he said: “Well, at least we are in the final”. The trap draw for the final is: 1 Movealong Dash; 2 Swift Marathon; 3 Incitatus; 4 Ruthless Man; 5 Sparta Maestro; 6 Callums Flash. Paddy Power was first in with prices on the final and they go: 5-4 Sparta Maestro; 7-4 Swift Marathon; 6 Movealong Dash, Callums Flash; 14 Ruthless Man; 16 Incitatus. The rain was at it’s heaviest during the opening semi final of the Puppy Derby Plate, but it failed to stop the Eddie O’Sullivan trained Headleys Fantasy, who came through late to contain the strong challenge of Noirs Buchaill. Both greyhounds sat off the pace in the early yards as Georgies Beau dictated, but the heavy conditions saw the early pace-setters fade out of contention. Nick Cotter’s Headleys Fantasy got first run at the leader as they turned for home and he shot to the front before holding the fast finishing Noirs Buchaill by a half length in 29.39. Six lengths back Georgie Beau denied Sheepwalk Rusty by the minimum margin for third. The rain had subsided by the time the runners went to traps for the second heat, but followers of the Murt Leahy trained Ballybough Hawke wouldn’t have cared as he emerged a decent winner. Here Cashen Malouda shot to the front at the turn, but he had no answer to the superior back straight pace of Pat Carroll’s Ballybough Hawke. The latter hit the front at the third turn and went on to record a two length victory over the eye-catching Jacks A Joy in 29.28. Cashen Malouda took third a further half length adrift. The draw for the Puppy Derby Plate final is: 1 Ballybough Hawke; 2 Georgie Beau; 3 Cashen Malouda; 4 Headleys Fantasy (m); 5 Jacks A Joy (m); 6 Noirs Buchaill (w).
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erfully to win by three lengths from Razldazl Barack in 33.16. Droopys Harvey finished strongly taking third place on the line, three and a half lengths further back. There were two Mulvaney Open 525 finals on the card and the opening one proved to be the fastest. Ballymac Tipp broke fast and led to the third bend where he was headed by the Kevin Losty trained Dundrum Master which was then all out to hold off the big late run over Martinstown Snow in 28.92, with Royal Wish two lengths adrift in third. It was a very wet night at Shelbourne, which accounts for the slowish times throughout but there was no denying the quality of Tinas Nova’s success in the other final. Tracey Muldoon’s dog didn’t manage to claim the early lead and Bay Road actually set the pace from Jack De Man and Tinas Nova. But on the third bend Tinas Nova asserted and he drove on impressively to win by three and a half lengths from Sawdust Terry in 29.06. Bay Road was a short head third. There were three absentees from the semi-finals of the Open Bitch 550 but we were served up two fine performances. In the opener Tom Lennon’s staying prospect Lemon Belle flew from the inside trap and led all the way to win by six lengths from Avocan in 30.36 while it was another three lengths to Inshaarla. Marie Gilbert’s Oaks runner-up Mozzletoff was a hot favourite for the four-runner second heat and she gave her supporters no frights. She was safely clear at halfway but then had to keep up to her work to hold the big run of Toberadora Holly by three parts of a length in 30.43 with Martinstown Rose some three lengths third. Draw for next Saturday’s final: 1 Avocan; 2 Inshaarla; 3 Toberadora Holly; 4 Lemon Belle; 5 Martinstown Rose; 6 Mozzletoff (w).
LEGENDARY Irish trainer Seamus Graham has always wanted to win the Puppy Derby and in Swift Marathon he has a dog that will give him a real crack at the top prize in next Friday’s Track Bookmakers sponsored final at Harold’s Cross. Unbeaten in the competition, the Neil Farrar owned Swift Marathon made his early pace tell to best effect in the opening semi on an extremely wet Friday night. The son of Kinloch Brae asserted to the bend as he led from Shaneboy Spencer but with the favourite Sparta Maestro looking ideally positioned in a close third. The race was virtually decided on the bend where Swift Marathon gave Shaneboy
ROSS FASTEST IN DROOPYS OAKS
JUST a spot separated the two semi-final winners of the Droopys Stud Munster Oaks at Waterford. Michael Hallahan’s Ross Flyer flew from the four box and raced on to win by two and a half lengths from Avalon Honey in 29.12 with strong staying Archaton Linda a length back in third. Pat Buckley’s Beaming Olive was a popular winner of the opening heat where she took it up around the bottom bends before holding the bit late run of Shes Only Flying by three parts of a length in 29.13. It was then a length to Carrigoon Tears in third. Trap draw for the final: 1 Ross Flyer; 2 Archaton Linda; 3 Beaming Olive; 4 Carrigoon Tears; 5 Avalon Honey; 6 Shes Only Saying.
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