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Enry Walt is hatching a plan to beat seven greyhounds from the Wheeler dynasty when he tackles Thursday night’s Melbourne Cup from box three.
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THE WHEELER FAMILY will see seven of their chasers line up in the final of the Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup over 515 metres on Thursday night - three from Graeme Bate’s kennel and four from Andrea Dailly’s ranch at Anakie. The first of Graeme’s winner was
Gwen Ennis is proud of her multi Group winning chaser, Enry Walt, who won a heat of this year’s Melbourne Cup in 29.41 to remain competitive in Thursday night’s $200,000 to the winner feature final.
the Jan Wheeler owned Allen Elroy in heat one. A son o f Collision and Clementine Bale, he came from box five at $5.40 to clock the new PB of 29.36 when scoring by four and a half lengths. Graeme next success was in heat two when the Paul Wheeler owned Shereen Bale ran the new PB of 29.37 to score an all the way win. The daughter of Over Flo and Horizon Bale came from the outside trap as favourite at $2.10 to romp in by six and a half lengths. Graeme’s treble came up in heat seven when the Paul Wheeler owned Numero Uno Bale scored in the new PB time of 29.56. Coming from box seven at $10.70, the son of Where’s Pedro and Dyna Celeste saluted by a half length. In heat three we saw the Andrea Dailly’s trained, Paul Wheeler owned Bala Bale, who returned 29.38 when an all the way winner. The daughter of Bartrim Bale and Dyna Beauty wore the yellow vest at $13.00 to a three lengths win. Leg two for Andrea was in heat four when Brendan Wheeler’s Dyna Tron scored by a length. Wearing the pink vest at $3.30, the son of Collision and Gold Rush Bale posted the new PB of 29.31. Bekim Bale for Paul Wheeler was Andrea’s third leg and he landed the fifth heat with a BON gallop of 29.28. The son of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale came from box eight to get in by a length when favourite at $1.70.
Dyna Morris, seen here with Tom Dailly and Sandown hostess, Kirsten Grainger, will line up in the rich Melbourne Cup after a 29.65 heat win. Page 2 - National Greyhound Form, Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Dyna Morris, a litter brother of Dyna Tron, took out heat eight in the new PB time of 29.65. Owned by Brendan Wheeler, the February 2009 whelp came from box one at $4.00 to score a three and a half lengths win.
Enry stops the run AFTER the Wheelers had won the first five heats of the Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup over 515 metres, Enry Walt stopped the run by taking out heat six. Rated at $14.60 out of box three, the son of Primo Uno and Awesome Saint was out smartly to be third to the first peg, where Amakler Girl led by a length in a flying 5.01, with Cape Hawke second, a neck ahead of Enry Walt. Amakler Girl was still the pilot at the second marker, passing by in 18.71 holding a four lengths break on Enry Walt ,with three lengths to Cape Hawke. Enry Walt cranked it up a notch and slowly closed-in, almost drawing level on straightening then worked really hard to get there by a neck over a gallant Amakler Girl ($27.40), with Cape Hawke ($2.60 fav) three lengths further afield. Enry Walt, owned and trained by Gary Ennis, has now won 23 of his 65 starts. In clocking the new PB of 29.41, the black racer made it 10 wins in 26 Pictured with Joe Briffa, Allen Elroy fired the opening salvo in the Melbourne Cup series when he landed a heat in 29.38 for Graeme Bate attempts at the trip. - Darryl Embling and Paul Wheeler at Sandown Park last Thursday night.
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MONDAY’S box draw for this year’s Melbourne Cup final has sorted the wheat from the chaff. Performed at Sandown Park during the “Dogs Breakfast” on Radio Sport National between 7.00am and 9.00am, the draw has removed several ‘grey areas’ for form students… and created it’s problems too. Some ‘wideys’ qualified in last Thursday night’s heats, including prolific Group contestant, Enry Walt, who has been allocated box three. But Bekim Bale, who also uses plenty of the track, has drawn the four, so it means that the highly favoured runner will now have to begin better than Enry Walt or he could be in big bother. Geelong Cup winner, Dyna Tron and Allen Elroy, drawn six and seven respectively, hold the key as to how this year’s Melbourne Cup will play out. Both are on-pace runners with heaps of talent and come right into the race. Initially I thought that Bekim Bale and Shereen Bale had undeniable chances. And I can’t see any good reason to vary that thought. But box one for Shereen Bale, who pushes up the track a tad, has reduced her winning chances whilst, as I said, Bekim Bale has to begin far better than he’s done to date. From nine career starts, Bekim Bale has only been beaten twice – once at Sandown by his kennelmate and litter brother, Heston Bale in a record breaking 29.14, and the other at The Meadows, a track that presented issues for him that night.
Trained by ‘Team Dailly’, Bekim Bale is the only greyhound that’s broken 29-seconds over 515 metres at the Springvale venue, running 28.96 on September 11. If it’s a cleanly run race then his explosive mid-race pace should get him across the line at the head of affairs in the Group 1 classic. On the other hand, Shereen Bale
has raced 46 times for 19 wins, many of those at the highest level. Prepared by Graeme Bate, the daughter of Over Flo and Horizon Bale is bound to give a good account, with a win definitely on the cards, especially now she’s got the rails alley.. She took out a heat last week in 29.41, which compares favourably
with Bekim Bale’s 29.28. Both are raced by leading Australian owner, Paul Wheeler. In fact, the Wheeler clan has qualified seven of the eight in this year’s $200,000 to the winner event. But the only non-Wheeler runner, Enry Walt loves Sandown Park, having won 10 races at the Lightwood Road layout.
And whilst the Gary Ennis trained racer might have to lower his 29.41 PB a tad, he’s still in this right up to his ears. As I mentioned previously, the box draw was the critical element in this year’s Melbourne Cup, especially as each contestant had won at least one Group event in 2011. - Allan Hawkswell
Boom sprinter, Bekim Bale faces his toughest test to date when he exits the four gate in Thursday night’s Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park.
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NEIL FALLS didn’t know what to expect when he headed to Ipswich for heats of the 520 metresw Gold Cup last Thursday night. His brilliant sprinter, Cold Fusion had never been on the track. “When he drew the rails in the heat, I was more relieved than confident. The rails draw would give him a good run throughout the race,” said Neil. Falls need not have worried. Cold Fusion ran a flying 30.25 to win a heat, with the son of Bit Chili and Arena Lee racing right away at the finish. He scored by eight lengths over Super Surfer, with four lengths to Red
“I’ll have to switch tracks more often with him,” Neil quipped. Cold Fusion began brilliantly and trailed the flying Spindle to the first turn through a 5.22 first section, which equalled the first section record. Cold Fusion pushed through on the inside along the back straight and then raced right away. “The quick beginning didn’t surprise me,” said Neil, “as he has already run a 5.67 at Albion Park and 5.39 at Wentworth Park, but doesn’t always do it.” After this week’s final, Falls will head towards the Group 1 Brisbane Cup at Albion Park with Cold Fusion, who took his record to 16 wins and 10 placings in 31 starts. LISMORE Gold Cup winner, Duffy edged closer to a Group Cups double when leading throughout to win a heat of the Ipswich Gold Cup. The son of Surf Lorian and Joy Esme scored by a length in 30.74, beating Citi Hawk, with five and three-quarter lengths to third placed Elliott Tee. It was his 12th victory in 46 starts, and his Ipswich record is three wins and three placings in seven starts. “I thought he could win because he had a slow beginner drawn alongside him,” said owner trainer, Maurie McArdle. MAGIC CONTROL landed his third straight win when upsetting hot favourite, Iso Octane in a Cup heat. Magic Control (Black Enforcer - Jaydee Magic) scored by five lengths to Iso Octane, with five and a quarter lengths to Time Will Tell third. The winner ran a fast 30.40, easily his best at the track for trainer, Tom Noble. Tom gave all the credit for Magic Control’s improved form to handler, Tony McCabe. “When we trial him at home on the trial track, Tony has been handling him lately, and the dog has been pinging out of the boxes,” said Tom. “Tony has handled the dog at his past three starts now and each time he has flown out of the boxes.” “I won’t be changing that any time soon.”
QLD David Brasch Rocket holding down third place. Cold Fusion was coming off a fifth to Spring Gun in the Group 1 Vic Peters final at Wentworth Park last Saturday . Falls said the run was outstanding, considering the trouble he had early in that race.
Cold Fusion is giving Neil Falls plenty of excitement as he races through the grades, and last week won his way into the Group 3 Ipswich Cup via a Best Of Night 30.25 heat victory. - pics courtesy Rick O’Donnell
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Best at ‘Ippy’ YOUNG GUNS winner, Alota The Best scorched to a personal best of 30.57 when he led throughout in a heat of the Ipswich Gold Cup last Thursday night. The son of Buckingham Chuck and Alota Pace held off the late charge of Mercy Rule to win by a neck, with two lengths to Glen Gallon third. Alota The Best is raced and trained by Daniel Bloomfield but was handled by his brother, Jason. “Dan’s busy with work, so
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we have been looking after the dog lately,” said Jason. Alota The Best took his remarkable record to 12 wins and 14 placings from 38 starts. “He is absolutely on fire at the moment,” said Jason. “He ran 22.74 over 395 metres at Albion Park a few weeks ago but then stepped up to 520 metres a bit quickly at Albion Park last week when he ran fourth.” “That run has obviously improved him.” “He is a dog who can take a lot of work and just keeps improving.” BOB GILTINAN will be hoping for a change of Ipswich Cup luck with Matilda’s Charm, who landed a heat last week in a brilliant 30.34. Giltinan has had one Gold Cup finalist, the outstanding Flying Scott, who ran the track record winning a heat. “He drew the eight in the final and never got across to the rail,” said Bob. “Greg Cannon won the Cup that year with Scottish Express.” Matilda’s Charm (Surf Lorian - Nice Portrait) began brilliantly off the rails draw and led throughout. She scored by seven and a quarter lengths over a luckless Bogie King, with two lengths to Honey Lass third. Matilda’s Charm has now won 14 of her 32 starts, having recently taken out the Ipswich Futurity final. HERE’S TO YOU made his fourth feature race final when he won a Cup heat. The son of Elite And Classy and Where Are You scored by a length and three quarters to Maywyn A Motza, with a length to third placed Saltwater Chaos. Peter Ruetschi trains the dog for Ken and Wendy Crawford. “This his fourth feature final,” said Peter.
Lismore Cup winner, Duffy was accompanied by Maurie McArdle after taking out a heat of the Ipswich Cup in 30.74. Here’s To You has been a finalist in the Dave Brett Memorial, Ipswich Derby and Ipswich Young Guns. “He hasn’t had any luck in feature races he’s been in,” said Peter. Here’s To You and his littermates, including Time Will Tell, will all head toward the upcoming Group 1 Brisbane Cup at Albion Park but will then switch to middle distance racing.
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HE KNOWS UNO will be out to atone for his loss in last year’s final when he takes on this week’s Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup final. The son of Primo Uno and Honeymoon’s Over got up in the last stride to beat Bogie Beltah in last Thursday night’s heat, clocking 30.56. He scored by a head, with a length and three quarters to Miss Milkshake third. He Know’s Uno finished a
luckless third to Octane Show in the Cup final last year then went on to win the Group 1 Brisbane Cup. Trainer, Mick Patterson said with the Cup heat run, his dog would improve for the final. “He did it hard,” said Mick. “He’s got me stumped. I thought he might go a bit quicker.” He Knows Uno is one of Australia’s best race dogs and was coming off a fifth to Allen Harper
Mick Zammit seemed quite satisfied with the 30.66 victory handed in by Sobbing Destiny to annex a heat of the Ipswich Cup.
in the Group 1 TOPGUN at The Meadows in October. Patterson was slightly disappointed that He Knows Uno did not win easily. “Considering how close he was at the back straight, I thought he was entitled to win easily,” he said. SOBBING DESTINY goes into the Cup final from the coveted rails box, and the daughter of Bond and Sobbing Queen will be a huge chance. She is raced by Peter and Helen Simpson, who bred the bitch. Trained by Selena Zammit, she got up in the last stride to beat early leader, Alota Courage by a head in 30.66, with two lengths to third placed Pure Adrenalin. It was her 13th victory in 29 starts. Michael Zammit, Selena’s husband, handled the bitch and said a chance meeting at Lismore on trial morning was behind Sobbing Destiny joining the kennel. “I was at Lismore trialling a dog that Peter and Helen had in our kennel,” said Michael. “That dog didn’t trial all that good.” “Peter was also at the trials and had 10 young dogs he was putting around. Sobbing Destiny was one of them and she trialled very well. Peter said to swap the dog we had for Sobbing Destiny. “I had no hesitation.” - David Brasch
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MANY TRAINERS have adopted the middle distance trips as part of their greyhounds’ regular routine, and with 595 metres races at Sandown plus the 600 metres trip at The Meadows, the city tracks cater for all distances. Over 600 metres at The Meadows, bitches rule the roost as far as times are concerned, with stars such as Nellie Noodles, Oh Behave and Paua To Burn being the fastest on the list before Mantra Lad’s name appears. And whilst he didn’t trouble the records library, Stack ’Em Flat proved he is certainly no slouch by scoring in 34.48 last Saturday night after doing it the hard way in the Hudson Pacific Special Event. Currently ranked equal eighth with Flashing Floods on the Top 10 at Broadmeadows layout, the Graeme Bate trained black dog settled down near the rear, having begun poorly and then copping a check. Up-front it was Carlow Queen that led Where’s Hannibal and Iceman Raikkonen past the post the first time in 8.95, before she too met interference. Although using plenty of the track, it left Where’s Hannibal nicely clear along the back before taking the next split in 22.08 holding a two lengths break on Premier Boloney ($4.10), with Stack ’Em Flat ($4.30) now third and reeling-in the leaders. Taking over rounding the final bend, the green vested Stack ’Em Flat ran out a three and a half lengths winner over Cosmic Cooper ($6.90), who powered home from a long way back, with Premier Boloney third, three quarters of a length away. Raced by Bruce Lellman, Stack
’Em Flat, a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Bar Crusher, has graced the tracks on 68 occasions for 30 wins and 21 placings, whilst at the track and distance he’s scored four times from 13 outings.
Still learning A COUPLE of the Where’s Pedro and Amelia Bale litter are taking a while to get their act together. Once regarded as the quickest in the litter that includes record breakers Bekim Bale and Heston Bale, Fyna Bale was sent to the four alley as a $4.30 chance in the Nationwide Seafoods Grade 5 and was able to bring home the bacon. When Why Not James from the six trap cut across to the rail at boxrise it inconvenienced Two States and Fyna Bale in particular, with both being tailenders a lap out. After clocking 5.13, Why Not James couldn’t gain any substantial advantage and still had Alana Bale as his main adversary when the timer was paused at 18.20. But Alana Bale was checked coming off the back and it could then been seen that Fyna Bale was starting to rally. However, Fyna Bale ran into bother on the final turn, allowing Why Not James to again sneak away. Finishing at the rate of knots, Fyna Bale got up in the last bound, scoring by a half head in 30.63, while Alana Bale rounded out the placings. Showing distinct signs of needing more ground, the ‘Team Dailly’ trained, Paul Wheeler owned racer has snared four wins from 10 attempts, whilst it was his first success at The Meadows. Pawnote: His more illustrious brother, Heston Bale races in similar
Stack ’Em Flat is going ahead in leaps and bounds over the middle distance trips, and at The Meadows last Saturday night he took out the Special Event in 34.48 for owner, Bruce Lellman and trainer, Graeme Bate. style to Fyna Bale, and both are bound to improve with more racing under their belt.
Upset result PLENTY of pre-race comment surrounded the Macro Meats Grade 4 over 525 metres, with Graeme Bate training three of the contestants and ‘Team Dailly’ preparing three others. As for the other two, Kel Greenough and Tina Womann’s charges were clearly surrounded. Oddly enough, it was Greenough’s Miss Roman Nose that was sent out favourite at $3.00, and she won the start to lead a lap out in 5.12, with Dyna Lowell and Select Breaker in tow. When Dyna Lowell ($9.90) dashed to the front on the initial corner and edged clear, the race was on in earnest. Owned by Brendan Wheeler, the Dailly trained sprinter had built a three lengths buffer over Miss Roman Nose along the back, recording 17.82 th and was travelling sweetly.
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And whilst Miss Roman Nose retrieved some ground in the run home, it was Dyna Lowell that scored by a length and three quarters in Best Of Night 29.94, while Darya Bale ($5.00) was a length away third.
Going places WHEN YOU MAKE a round trip of 300 kilometres to race your greyhound, it’s always nice to think that you’ve got a winner in the car. And when that thought comes to fruition, it sure eases the tension on the drive home. Making the long journey to The Meadows from Toongabbie in East Gippsland was Pam Tabone with her black racer, Hillbilly Hippy. Sent to box five as the $4.30 popular pick in the 525 metres Geotechnical Laboratories Grade 5 to round out a good 11-race program, Hillbilly Hippy began fast, but not quite as quick as Clay Pan ($6.40), who ran the first section in 5.10. For favourite backers, I wonder what thoughts were running through their minds as they traversed the back straight, where Clay Pan was more than four lengths clear, posting a
smart 17.79 at the next checkpoint. Clay Pan held a handy break after completing the final bend, while still three lengths adrift Hillbilly Hippy was about to unearth a terrific burst that saw him score by a neck in 30.29. Having bungled the start and endured a checkered run in transit, Coolangatta Gold secured third spot, a length away. Hillbilly Hippy came back from the brink. “Six months ago he had a catching pen accident at Sandown and it was feared that he wouldn’t race again,” said Pam Tabone, trainer of the black dog. “But Dr. Des Fegan operated on him, and last Saturday night we saw just how successful that surgery has been.” Hillbilly Hippy (Mister Twink Andbyn’s Empress) opened his account at the Northcorp Boulevard raceway after six previous tries, whilst career-wise the May 2009 whelp has contested 34 races, winning eight times with 14 placings. -Allan Hawkswell
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CHASIING on Saturday commenced with the the AAA Radiator Specialists Stake and the Pauline Moran trained Wez Da Risk was well supported to win the 520 metres event. But it was the John Finn trained Flavours that held the majority of punters’ fortunes. Boxrise saw Wez Da Risk come out running, whereas Flavours had begun well but then failed to muster enough early pace. At the first turn Wez Da Risk led
NSW Ron Arnold easily from Pippi Keeping, Your Special and Flavours, who was improving to fourth. Brisk Miss made a move down
the outside but was skittled at the first turn and lost any winning chance that may have existed. Wez Da Risk chased well on the bunny and was never in danger of defeat. He raced away over the concluding stages to score by seven and a quarter lengths to Your Special and Flavours in 30.12, having recorded early splits of 5.39, 13.90 and a run home of 16.22. LONG ODDS-ON favourite,
Zipping Catra righted the ledger for punters in the Hotham Body Repairs Stake, spanking its opposition when scoring by a mere 11¼ lengths in 29.91 for trainer, Jason Mackay. THE Mick Byrnes Stake saw the three placegetters settle down then finish in the same order. Jaruba jumped well to lead from God Star and We Three Kings, and despite the efforts of the chasing greyhounds, Jaruba scored by over three lengths in 30.09.
Zipping Catra, from a highly successful litter, was a long odds-on pop that picked up a 5th Grade win in 29.91 at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
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Double trouble ANTHONY AZZOPARDI only had greyhounds engaged in the last three races on the Wentworth Park program. But he made the wait worthwhile with a two winners, a second and a third from five runners. In the Tedesco Menswear Stake, Spring Keroma finished second behind Mr. Caleula. In that event, Mr. Caleula came from fourth at the judge the first time to move to second in the back and then collared the pacesetting Arica Dora on the point of the home turn. Mr. Caleula won by two and a quarter lengths in 42.87, downingr Spring Keroma, who recovered from a check when negotiating the catching pen the first time. Azzopardi had better fortunes when Keroma Steel ran down race favourite, Tiz Now in the Pages Event Equipment Stake. With Tiz Now beginning quickly, the favourite had no trouble leading and established a solid five lengths lead on Keroma Steel heading down the back. Tiz Now was still five lengths in front on the point of the home turn, but failed to run out the journey, with Keroma Steel racing on to score by a length in 30.15. Azzopardi’s other charge, Bells Action ran third in the race after being prominent in the early stages from a wide draw. In the final event on the card, Nirvana Keroma scored a runaway nine lengths victory in 30.27.
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JARED DAVIES waited almost three years to train his first winner… but it is definitely a moment he will cherish for the rest of his life. Davies prepared Let’s Do This to win the Steeline Roofing Hobart Juvenile over 340 metres in 19.90 at Tattersall’s Park in Hobart last Thursday night. Let’s Do This (Give Me Five Prize Pack) had been placed prior to breaking her maiden status from five previous outings, but from box one she made every post a winner. She began well and hunted up to retain the lead to the top turn and when challenged strongly she responded well, going on to defeat Atropos by a length, with first starter Sunday Silence over two lengths away third. Davies was ecstatic after the race. “This is just brilliant; I’m over the moon,” Davies said. “It’s been about three years in the making (this win), so I guess you’d say it’s overdue,” he said. Davies, a builder by trade, made his way into greyhounds by chance. “I was hired by greyhound trainer, Laurie Hills to rebuild a house after a fire, and one thing led to another,” he revealed. “All of a sudden I was around greyhounds every day, and eventually I took an interest. In the end it was like a drug.” “I started helping Laurie out by catching and then I took an interest in how he was training them, and that was when I got really hooked.” “I got my Trainers Licence just over three years ago, so it has been quite a process to finally get my first winner,” he said. Davies races Let’s Do This with his good mate, Rod Campbell. They purchased Let’s Do This from the bitch’s breeder, Belinda King from Melbourne. “I had bought a few dogs from Belinda, who contacted me and said she had a pup that we could have, and it cost only $800 landed in Tassie,” he said. Training greyhounds can be very time-consuming, and Davies has realised you have to be passionate about the game to stick it out. “When you first get interested it is fun, and while it is still fun there is a lot of hard work and dedication required to make it work.”
Tassie Peter Staples “I am a hobby trainer, and that's probably what I'll always be.” “There’s no doubt training a winner gives you a special buzz - unlike anything else I’ve experienced,” he said. Davies has only one racing proposition, but he also is preparing two pups that have been broken-in, and there is a plan to lease a race dog in the coming weeks. “I reckon three or four dogs will be the most I’ll have at any one time,” he said.
Sweet Sofia scores TWO WINS in the space of nine days suggests that well bred bitch, Sofia Elise may have what it takes to make it to top grade. The Margaret Rossendell trained bitch scored her first win in a Juvenile at Devonport on Melbourne Cup Day, then scored again in Hobart last Thursday when she made the most of box one and registered back to back victories. At her latest outing she began well and had enough speed to retain the lead heading to the top turn. She then skipped clear in the straight and passed the post with two and a half lengths to spare over Violoncella, with third placed Hellyeah Pete six and a half lengths further astern. Sofia Elise (El Galo - Hello Gal) has only been to the races six times for two wins and three minor placings, and at her only other start she was a luckless fourth behind Octane Vow in a Juvenile over 461 metres at Hobart last month. Last week she clocked 26.69 over the 461 metres, which is nothing flash, but given time she has the makings of a talented sprinter. Whilst connections were thrilled with Sofia Elise’s latest effort, the immediate future of Lashing Lake is in doubt after he suffered an injury during the race. Lashing Lake was about to join
Sofia Elsie, a potential top notcher, won a Juvenile at Hobart last week, running the 461 metres in a steady 26.69 for Margaret Rossendell.
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Sofia Elise at the top of the home straight and make a claim when he went amiss and failed to finish.
New recruit EVERY time trainer, Mick Stringer raises the bar on promising young dog, New Recruit he answers the challenge, and such was the case at Tattersall’s Park, Hobart last Thursday night. New Recruit lined up in a strong Grade 4 event over 461 metres, and while he had to contend with an awkward four draw, the son of Paddy’s Flame and Miss Bardie made light of the task. He began brilliantly to have the rail soon after the start and when he slipped into top gear in the home straight he left his rivals in his wake, going on to score by almost seven lengths from Shanlyn Sparky, with Bold Vista a nose away third. New Recruit is owned by Karlene Cuthbertson and Sally Wilson, who have enjoyed much success this past year, and if this dog continues to improve, he looks destined to win feature events. New Recruit has started 11 times for seven wins and two minor placings. Last week he stopped the clock at 26.05 for the 461 metre trip, which was clearly the quickest for the night.
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In Mick Stringer’s kennels, New Recruit romped home a seven lengths winner of a strong 461 metres Grade 4 at Hobart, returning smart 26.05.
Young Jared Davies proudly holds his first winner, Let’s Do This at Tattersall’s Park last Thursday night. Assisted by the inside alley, the Give Me Five and Prize Pack sprinter took out a 340 metres Juvenile in 19.90.
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WHERE’S PANCHO broke back with another strong feature win by taking out the Doug Payne Memorial over 515 metres at Angle Park last Thursday night. Trained by Richard Pearce, the blue dog was poorly drawn in the six yet was kept safe at $5.00 in a strong field that included race favourite, Goosebumps ($3.30), Where’s Pancho jumped sweetly and showed his customary early pace to cross the field and hold the early lead over Evacuation through the first turn. Skipping away to lead by four lengths over Chaos Master in the back straight, Where’s Pancho was showing his rivals a clean set of paws, extending his advantage to six lengths at the top turn. Rounding the final bend nicely clear of Chaos Master, Where’s Pancho coasted to the line under no pressure. Although Goosebumps stormed home , the son of Where’s Pedro and Excuse Me scored by two and a half lengths to Goosebumps in 30.10, with Chaos Master hot on their heels in third place. A winner of the rich Produce Stake at Gawler last year, Where’s Pancho took his record to 25 wins and 14 placings from just 49 race starts. POINT TWO OVER recorded yet another strong win at Angle Park when he took out the 515 metres Lenards Chickens Grade 4 for trainer, Rob Harnas. Sporting the blue vest, Point Two Over (#2.80) jumped well but was checked early, settling third behind Emma’s Gift through the first turn. Regaining his balance and sharing second with Snuggle Me in the back straight, Point Two Over starting to warm up and set out after Emma’s Gift at the top turn.
Despite having a docked rudder, Point Two Over is still one of SA’s best sprinters, and last Thursday night at Angle Park the Rob Harnas trained racer eclipsed a top field in a 515 metres Grade 4, running 30.10.
SA Paul Rehmann Making ground with a powerful burst through the final bend, he raced past Emma’s Gift to take a clear lead on straightening for the run home. But Point Two Over had saved his best for last. Bounding away in the home straight, the son of Collision and Camden Shiraz cruised past the ;post more than three lengths ahead of Sargent Trigga in 30.02, with Emma’s Gift holding on for third. After 68 career starts this was the 20th win with 27 placings for Point Two Over.
What’s cooking? STOVE ROCKS gave Rob Harnas training double when successful in the Clovercrest Hotel Grade 4. Well suited by box eight, Stove Rocks represented good value at $6.00 and jumped safely then mustered pace out deep on the track to settle down third through the first turn behind early leader, My Boy Pedro. Racing on the pace out deep on the track in the back straight, Stove Rocks loomed ominously, reaching the top turn within a length of new leader, Kalden Komoto. Taking a clear lead through the final bend and straightening for home a length clear of Kalden Komoto, Stove Rocks finished off well. Drawing away in the home straight, the son of Surf Lorian and Spiral Tears defeated Kalden Komoto
by two and three quarter lengths in 30.16, while My Boy Pedro finished a close third.
Neil checks in HOTEL ALABAMA racked-up his fifth win from just seven starts on the track for trainer, Neil Rawlings when he took out the Agostino Mitsubishi Grade 4. Nicely drawn in box three and starting at $4.80, Hotel Alabama jumped fairly but was beaten for pace early then was pushed back to fifth behind the pacesetting Silly Gully through the first turn. Caught wide on the track, about eight lengths off the lead in the back straight, Hotel Alabama looked to have little chance of winning as he reached the top turn still back in fifth place. Making good ground and moving to third behind new leader, Bralyn Ella through the final bend, he finished with a powerful run out deep on the track, edging out Charlie Rollens and Bralyn Ella in the shadows of the post. The son of Kiowa Sweet Trey and Hermione Holly crossed the line three quarters of a length in advance of Charlie Rollens, running the 515 metres trip in 30.42, with close up Bralyn Ella wound up third. Although the time was only moderate, the win was very impressive, considering that Hotel Alabama looked to have little chance of winning at the top turn.
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BOBBY ROCKS notched his sixth win in a row when the Ken Gill trained chaser took out a Grade 6 over 643 metres at Gawler last Tuesday. Dressed in the stripe vest and starting well in the ‘tomato sauce’ at $1.30, Bobby Rocks jumped fast and showed great pace to lead by five lengths over Earl The Goat with a lap to run. Passing the catching pen with a nice break, Bobby Rocks maintained his pace down the back straight and reached the top turn with a six lengths lead over Serene Passion. Rounding the final bend with the race firmly in his grasp, Bobby Rocks coasted to the line in no danger of defeat, despite losing late ground to Serene Passion. The son of Premier Fantasy and Abbadale Affair crossed the line nearly three lengths clear of Serene Passion in 38.15, with Early The Goat holding down third place. Pulling up at his first three race
starts, Bobby Rocks hasn’t looked back since moving into Ken Gill’s kennel, winning every subsequent start, all over 600 metres or further), taking his career record to an impressive six wins from nine starts.
The collaborative efforts of Greyhound Racing SA and Steriline Racing have established a new benchmark in racing safety in the form of an innovative safety rail prototype. The design of the final product incorporates a modified version of the collapsible rail that is more typically associated with thoroughbred racing and has been the subject of extensive trialling at Angle Park over the past several weeks. The new safety rail extends around the full inner circumference of the track and is designed to have sufficient movement on contact to absorb the full pressure of impact from a racing greyhound. Even in the early days after its introduction, the new rail has begun to openly demonstrate its effectiveness at protecting greyhounds in the run. Furthermore, the revolutionary design utilises transparent railing along the entire length of the back straight to minimise obstruction of the racing vision, and is barely detectable to the viewer, whether they’re watching on Sky Racing or at the track. The remaining rail is the traditional white panel that is utilised in horse racing. The individual sections of rail are affixed to the lure rail pole on a sliding bracket that enables the movement or “bounce” of the panel in response to impact. “This project reflects GRSA’s genuine commitment to animal welfare outcomes and comprehensively addresses the shortcomings that are evident in existing safety rail design.” “It is our expectation that this design will ultimately constitute the national standard,” said Mr. Matt Corby, CEO of Greyhound Racing SA. John Fargher, Managing Director of Steriline Racing commented on the project. “It is only through our close working relationship with Greyhound Racing SA, and our collaboration of ideas, that we have been able to provide such an innovative safety rail.” “We are thrilled that we have been able to once again assist our customers by providing a unique customised solution.” “We look forward to providing this unique product to greyhound tracks throughout Australia, and the world.” Sam Jeffries GRSA Marketing Manager
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IN HEAT THREE of the 520 metres Blue Paws Series we saw the Jason Mackay trained Young Snozz deliver the most dominant performance of the night. With Shock Reaction stumbling at boxrise, Good Queen Bess, Letoya Valley and Topax Galaxy were the best begin. Young Snozz hit the ground about three quarters of a length behind that trio, but quickly mustered speed to drive between runners in the charge to the first turn and took over the post the first time. Rounding the first turn Shock Reaction speared off, taking Topaz Galaxy and Myrons Angel out of contention. The interference behind the leader left Letoya Valley second, but the task of overhauling Young Snozz was virtually impossible.
NSW Ron Arnold Young Snozz burned over the final stages in 15.92 and gapped his rivals, scoring by an ever-increasing 16½ lengths in 29.83. THE CENTREBET Free For All was notable for the brilliant early sections handed in by narrow race winner, Kelly’s Hero. After jumping to the front, Kelly’s Hero ran 5.39 to the post and then a blistering 13.76 in the back straight, establishing a comfortable buffer. Along the back straight Kelly’s
It was the Darren Sultana trained Sucker Punch that took the lead at the post the first time and ran its rivals of their feet, scoring by six and a quarter lengths running away in 29.97. Sucker Punch finished in a sectional of 16.03, which further emphasises the run of Young Snozz earlier in the night. JUST WHEN form students were summarising their main thoughts for the night, Lithgow trainer, Stephen Glover produced Banzai Keroma in
Hero was more than six lengths ahead of Kalua Bay but the early effort began to tell, as they approached the home turn. In as desperate go, Kelly’s Hero staggered past the post in a slow closing section of 16.56 and won by a nose to Kalua Bay, recording his eighth win from 19 starts at the Glebe circuit.
Borg’s Bash ONE of Wentworth Park’s real characters was honoured on Friday night when the Charlie Borg 80th Birthday Stake was run. Charlie has been involved with the supervision of trialling and raceday kennelling procedures for as long as anyone can remember, and he has been a very loyal employee to the NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association.
the 520 metres Schweppes Stake. Aided by a good beginning, Banzai Keroma led early from Thai Champ and I’m Quick. But when Laptek Tom and I’m Quick were in bother rounding the first turn, Thai Champ and Red Rover were left to do the chasing. Their efforts were forlorn, however, as Banzai Keroma raced into the back in 13.89 and then came home in 16.00 and score a runaway victory by nine lengths in 29.89.
Banzai Keroma went to the front at the first turn then won a 5th Grade in 29.89 at Wentworth Park last Friday night.
Talent-laden: Completing Wentworth Park’s 520 metres journey in a brisk 29.83, odds-on shot, Young Snozz won a 5th Grade by an effortless 16½ lengths for Jason Mackay last week.
After leading throughout in a Mixed 4th/5th Grade at Wenty Park, Sucker Punch ran out a six lengths 29.97 winner,
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IN THE SAME week that injury forced the retirement of his champion sprinter, Pedrosa, Paul Stuart had a huge night out at Cannington. The popular Oakford trainer led out five of the six heat winners of the Young Stars Classic, including two runners for his good friend, Brendan Wheeler. The star of the night was the brilliant two year-old Miata, who did it hard for the first 300 metres before blitzing the opposition in the run home. Sent out the $1.30 favourite, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird was away only moderately from the outside box, but approaching the first turn she was third, two lengths off the leader, Hot Irish. After being pushed a little wide through the turn she maintained her place behind a highballing Hot Irish, who was holding off short course speedster, Belarus. Leaving the back in 18.91, Belarus hit the front, with Miata a length away outside of Hot Irish but looming ominously. Stuart's classy bitch hit the lead for home and proceeded to burn away from her rivals, winning by 10 lengths in a sensational 30.02, coming home in 11.11. Belarus battled on for second with Hot Irish filling the minor placing. Miata's record now stands at 10 wins from 13 starts, with owners Stuart and Nichole Wheeler-Whye $35,000 to the good. It is an impressive record for the pup that nobody wanted when offered for sale at $6,000. MIATA'S LITTERMATES, Starlight Delly and Bautista also booked Miata, pictured with Peta Noden, youngster Isla O’Donnell and Paul Stuart after the rising star sprinter ran out a their places in the $37,000 Group 3 final with strong wins in the respec10¼ lengths winner of a Young Stars heat in an extra smart 30.02 at Cannington last Saturday night, tive heats. Starlight Delly was the second fastest heat winner (30.52) in a very tough heat, with McQueen and Yunderup Miss starting in the $3 range. Starlight Delly in the black vest shanghai-ed across to the lead and was followed by the Andrew McLaren trained Yunderup Miss. She increased her advantage to two lengths onto the back, with Yunderup Miss, who copped a heavy bump from Boming on the bend, holding second over Butters Monelli. McQueen, who was mid pack early, copped a buffetting on the first turn and was never a winning chance. Starlight Delly was still three lengths clear off the back and had the race in her keeping, with Yunderup Miss having her first run for five months not likely to show her strongest final section. And whilst she battled hard, she went under by two lengths, with a further 10 lengths to the unfortunate
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Paul Stuart’s Bautista, pictured with Anthony Barracana and Danny Piccarilli after taking out a heat of the Young Stars in 30.71.
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McQueen. It was Starlight Delly seventh win from 14 starts. Bautista ($2.10) made it three winners from the Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Bluebird litter when he ground out a solid one length win over Blow A Kiss in 30.71.
Wheeler - perfect BRENDAN WHEELER sent two well-credentialled sons of Where's Pedro and Dyna Panama to the West in an attempt to pick up Group glory. And both chasers saluted. Dyna Iceman ($1.70), dressed in black, was away smartly and crossed Barb Monelli to take up the lead into the first turn. His main danger, according to punters was the $3.30 hope, Dollstan Cruise, who was away with them but jumped awkwardly towards the rail costing him ground and ensuring he was in the cramped pack early on. The 'Iceman' extended his lead to six lengths leaving the back, clocking a smart 18.89, with Dollstan Cruise leading the stretched-out chasing brigade. The margin had closed to four lengths turning for home, but even though the favourite was ‘paddling’, he lasted to win by a half length in 30.66. DOLLSTAN CRUISE booked a berth in the final with second fastest placing, whilst his littermate, Barb Monelli was a further three lengths adrift. Dyna Hackett ($2.60) looked the stronger of the visitors with a come from behind victory in 30.69 after blowing the start. After the early mistake, the Wheeler trained dog crossed to the rail and moved up to fourth through the bend. Tracking a little wide though the pen he continued a sustained burst, going around the lead trio to hit the front nearing the home bend then won by three lengths. THE FINAL heat of the Young Stars went to Star Keeping ($3.70), a newcomer to the Terry Erenshaw kennel. The Pure Octane and Only Keeping bitch pinged to the lead at her first competitive outing in 10 weeks to record a 5.63 early section on her way to an all the way three lengths win in a smart 30.64. It was the second leg of a double for Erenshaw after veteran sprinter, Blue Goose jumped to the front and was never headed when securing the Free To All in a smart 30.31. It was his 27th career win that took his stake earnings to in excess of $140,000 for owner, Shaun Miller. Young Stars Classic draw: 1. Miata; 2. Dyna Iceman; 3. Bautista; 4. Star Keeping; 5. Yunderup Miss; 6. Dyna Hackett; 7. Starlight Delly; 8. Dollstan Cruise Reserves 9. Belarus; 10. Blow A Kiss SELECTIONS MIATA Yunderup Miss Dyna Iceman Star Keeping KEITH HARDING brought up a late double on the card when the ultra impressive Pakenham Lass ($1.20) recording a five lengths win in 30.38, whilst stayer, Freeway Fame saluted in a handy 42.21.
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THIS IS BIZARRE A TRAINER puts a nomination in for a race, believing his greyhound is eligible, and the entry is accepted. The fields are done and the dog is drawn to compete. What’s bizarre? Well, the dog wasn’t eligible for the event it was entered for and therefore had to be scratched. Okay, you’re all asking, ‘well why wasn’t the nomination rejected if the dog was ineligible’. I mean, if you try to nominate a Grade 5 for a Maiden, it’ll be rejected, right? Or enter a Grade 5 for a Grade 4 only… again, rejected, right? Or enter a Maiden for a race where maidens are ineligible, and so forth and so on. This happens because basically we have programmed into the computer a default that rejects an ineligible entry; or have we? Because if we haven’t done this, we should have.
Moving on MOVING on from the first story, and the dog this has happened to is Allen Hertz, and the race is the Melbourne Cup. As mentioned above, he was nominated by his trainer, who believed he was eligible. Apparently the dog wasn’t. Now quite a few things are wrong here, as beside the fact this dog’s entry was not only accepted, he was graded into the eighth heat. This race is now seeded, and this might seem hard to believe but they picked what they thought were the 16 best greyhounds and carefully placed two in each heat (more on this later). Allen Hertz was one of those 16. If I wrote this as a novel you’d throw it in the bin half-way through and scream that this was total bulldust!
Okay then… NOW the Allen Hertz story is rather extraordinary because most people would assume that he was eligible for the Melbourne Cup. Actually I dived for the Conditions of Entry and the dog’s form, and checked to find out for myself because I thought he’d have been right too. Wind the clock back a few months and this dog won the Victorian leg of the National Sprint Championship. He represented his State in Queensland in the National Grand
Final and ran third in the Group 1 event. He then raced in Sydney in the Group 1 Paws Of Thunder, making the final and running third, beating home TOPGUN winner, Allen Harper. He then made his way to Adelaide for the Group 1 Adelaide Cup, making the final and finishing fourth to Mepunga Nicky, and again, beating TOPGUN winner, Allen Harper home. He was thought so highly of that he was invited to compete in the TOPGUN and made the final eight, only to finish sixth after finding trouble. His record on the Sandown track shows five wins in nine attempts with a very smart PB of 29.40. His trainer genuinely believed the dog had met the qualifying conditions of the race and chose the week before the heats to run him at The Meadows (where he won), in lieu of putting him around at Sandown, where Preludes were on and there’s no doubt he’d have gained a start. Obviously the dog wasn’t eligible to compete in the Melbourne Cup heats, and that’s a bitter blow to connections. However, because this dog was drawn into the 64 dogs required to make the eight heats for the $200,000 first prize, the dog ranked 65th may be sitting at home in his kennel on race night. Sure, a reserve in heat eight will gain a run, but that dog may actually have been 80th in the pecking order, whilst a dog that should have been in was not in circulation. We’re not talking a round of drinks here; we’re talking big money, and not only that, breeding potential after the dog’s racing career is finished.
How hard is it? OKAY, I’ll be the nerd here, but how hard is this? Every time an exemption race is run for the Melbourne Cup, the winner or placegetters or all runners, whatever the criteria is, should be placed on a list marked eligible Cup runners. Once the final “qualifying” races are run there’ll be a list of say 150 greyhounds that then can be keyed into a Melbourne Cup “safe” list. That way, if anyone tries to nominate an unqualified dog, the nomination will be rejected. There you have it, problem solved!
Seeding, blah! BY NOW, most who read this column know my thoughts on the ‘seeding’ of races, as far as I’m concerned it’s akin to race rigging. Sandown, if you feel the need to hand pick 16 greyhounds for the Melbourne Cups heats hoping to get the best possible final, forget Preludes, forget exempt races, forget everything; run your own version of the TOPGUN. Select your 16 dogs, run two heats, put on a final, which I’m cer-
tain will have eight dogs you want there, not the chance as it now stands or eight lesser thought of creatures running off for a couple of hundred grand. If I was to say I sincerely hope none of your chosen 16 make the final; that’d be nasty towards the dogs and their connections, whom I gather would probably have preferred you not to pick their dogs and which, I might add, by doing so does set off dissent amongst connections. As I said, it’d be unfair on those people to wish ill upon their dogs, however, I just can’t think of a great karma comeback at the moment. Oh yes I can, I know what I can do, read my GOTY Awards, you’re bound to “win” one!
It’s happened again I JUST got through complaining about four dogs being left out of the Geelong Cup, and the same sort of thing has just happened again. I’ve been remarking for weeks that Sandown, who’d asked for the Best 32 for the $75,000 to the winner Group 1 Bold Trease Carnival Cup, should consider ANY 32, seeing as we’re so short of stayers. It seems 19 stayers were entered. Now my logic is that seeing as that is less than the required number of 32, all should get a start. Therefore, we should have two heats of six and one of seven. Not ideal of course, but every dog entered gets a run. And did they? You’re kidding, two heats with two reserves in each, one a shared reserve. And now you’re starting to understand why people can’t be bothered. I’m wondering what AGRA thinks of all of this.
Son of a gun THE Group 1 Vic Peters has just been run and won, and what a great series it was this year. Spring Gun came through the heats and semis in brilliant fashion, but after drawing five in the final, perhaps his task was made a bit tougher. Although personally I reckon the middle boxes at Wentworth Park aren’t all that bad. Still, this was a cracker of a field, and in the red was the brilliant Mr. Clydesdale, while Mepunga Nicky had box six and Cold Fusion the pink. And after sitting second early, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Ready To Rain found the front and the result wasn’t really in doubt from thereon. In the end, the Christine Oldfield trained galloper scored by four and a quarter lengths in 29.75, while Mepunga Nicky ran a very good second and was by no means disgraced. The Honour Roll on this race shows us that some of Australia’s best chasers have won. Actually, I reckon this might be close to our second oldest race, with the Hobart Thousand holding the honour of being the oldest, but this race dates back to 1951.
Father and son
Boo-boo: Allen Hertz got through to the final 64 of the Melbourne Cup but was withdrawn, having not qualified in the lead-up races. Page 14 - National Greyhound Form, Thursday, November 17th, 2011
THE Geelong Cup final turned into a father and son affair, with the son outdoing the “old man” in the Group 2 provincial feature. Brendan Wheeler had two finalists in the race, littermates Dyna Tron and Dyna Bert, both trained by Andrea Dailly. Paul Wheeler had the Graeme Bate trained Shereen Bale engaged, and all three Wheeler owned runners had undeniable chances. As it turned out, Dyna Tron, who started favourite; continued his affinity with the new 460 metres circuit by
scoring a strong win after coming from sixth early. But his brother, Dyna Bert was equally impressive with his second placing, having been second last and then having his run impeded when an “open door” closed. Shereen Bale, who was up on the speed and then checked back to fifth, got home late to give the Wheeler family the trifecta. Just 24 hours earlier Paul Wheeler was basking in the limelight as he watched his brilliant young galloper, Bekim Bale take out the Group 3 Shootout, giving three great chasers a galloping lesson. Paul was grinning like a Cheshire cat after the race, and he had plenty to be happy about as his young gun clocked a brilliant 29.13. And to put a bit of icing on the cake, even though there was no second money, his old warhorse, Radley Bale maintained his great form of late by being the runner up. Of course, these two wins by Wheeler family dogs follow hot on the heels of Allen Harper’s TOPGUN win. Allen Harper, of course, is owned by Jan Wheeler. There’s not a lot left for the Wheelers to achieve in racing, except maybe a one-two-three in a Group 1, with the placegetters owned respectively by Paul, Jan and Brendan. Oh, just had a thought, writing this before the Melbourne Cup heats are run but after studying the fields, there is a possibility that the Wheelers will have every finalist!
Something I MUST admit I get rather perplexed at the grading that goes on with these non penalty meetings at times. It does seem that the worse your dog’s form is, the better the chance you have of getting a start. On top of that, the dogs with good form get left out or end up on the reserves bench, perhaps they’re trying to tell us something. That something might be, “If you have a dog with good form, why are you entering here?” “Enter for a normal meeting and leave these low-end events to the out of form, past their use by date family pets”. See, problem solved!
Hall of Famer I’VE come to the conclusion there’s a brood bitch that thoroughly deserves to go into the Hall of Fame. Gold Rush Bale is the greyhound. and she must surely rate as one the best producers of the 21st century. First things first, and she was whelped in October 2001, a daughter of Lansley Bale and Jindara Bale. Lansley Bale was a champion on the track and Jindara Bale was a very successful matron, so without naming all of her great offspring, as this story isn’t about her, I’ll name just one of her sons and say “nuff said”, that’s Kantarn Bale. Gold Rush Bale on the track won nine of her 56 starts, seven of those wins were at Sandown over 515 metres, and she made the final of the Group 1 Sapphire Crown, finishing eighth to Bogie Leigh. Her first litter was to Hallucinate whelped in July 2005, and that gave us Ashby Bale, Atlantic Bale, Bartrim Bale, Needs To Lift and Princess Bale. Litter number two was to Surf Lorian, whelped March 2007, and that left us Allyson Bale, Fabrice Bale, Mergim Bale, Snowsill Bale, Valdrin Bale and Whitfield Bale. Next up was a litter to Hallucinate’s brother, Where’s Pedro, whelped in February 2008, and that
produced Bremerton Bale, Carlita Bale, Drucilla Bale, Everette Bale, Flint Bale, Greta Bale, Kito Bale and Valter Bale. A year later, in February 2009, she had a litter to Collision that has given us Allen Beadman, Bitten, Dyna Barb, Dyna Bert, Dyna Kate, Dyna Lowell, Dyna Morris, Dyna Steal and Dyna Tron. Finally there’s a litter to Bombastic Shiraz, whelped January 2010, and that has produced Brynne Bale and James Bale. Group winners, track record holders. I haven’t worked out just how many races her pups have won, but I do know they’re throwing-on. Bartrim Bale is the sire of Bekim Bale and Heston Bale, and for the second time in this story, “nuff said”.
Your Say “Sour Puss” asked, “I think the grading on the non penalty races is atrocious, the best dogs left out and/or reserved, dogs with form so bad they shouldn’t be racing getting in.” “Saw one that had lost its last five starts by a total of around 100 lengths in, and at another meeting a dog that had won two of four was a reserve.” “What’s going on?” There might be a reason in there somewhere? “Going Interstate” with, “I entered a team of dogs for a non penalty meeting and the three best ones were left out, leaving me with a long trip without much hope of success.” “I’d be better off driving interstate with a trailer load of dogs; at least the dogs that had a chance of paying the costs will get in.” I guess the fact that people enter en masse for these meetings makes it difficult for people to get starts, but maybe they’re trying to tell you and the person above, and everyone else for that matter, something (read “Something” above). “Cup Time” stated, “This year’s Melbourne Cup looks like being the best ever; we seem to have just about every great sprinter engaged.” Definitely plenty of talent there this year, but with $200,000 to the winner on offer, you’d be disappointed if you didn’t get the cream. “No Way” remarked, “On form and times, He Knows Uno wouldn’t have got in the Shootout for mine, and in hindsight, if he had, he’d have run last.” Let’s see, if say Bekim Bale wasn’t there, that makes Radley Bale the winner with a gallop of 29.49, Cape Hawke second with 29.52 and Allen Harper third with 29.56. On those times, I reckon He Knows Uno would have been in with a definite chance. As for beating 29.13, I couldn’t see it in a pink fit, so with Bekim Bale in, the best I think he’d have run is second and collected no prizemoney, but of course, being left out saved the cost of coming down, etc. Moot point!
This week’s Teaser ANNA GRAM says see if you can work out these eight greyhounds. 1. Conned Doh 2. Reel Banshee 3. Online Table 4. Tony Rand 5. Bike Amble 6. Cheap Wake 7. Early Blade 8. Norms Dairy ANSWERS NEXT WEEK
Last week’s answers The answers to last week’s Teaser: 1. Radley Bale 2. Cape Hawke 3. Bekim Bale 4. Allen Harper
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ECHELON, who was the pre-post favourite for the Group 1 Bold Trease Carnival Cup over 715 metres, was the first stayer through when he finished best to land heat one. Sent out favourite at $2.20 from box five, the Craig Treherne trained stayer was out well to be third at the first bend, where Rattling Rubie had a length lead over Robert Andrew in 6.11. Zipping Lad took over and raced around to the winning post in 15.94 to lead by two lengths over Rattling Rubie, with just over two lengths to Echelon.
Zipping Lad held sway at the back corner in 30.72 with Echelon getting to second, but five lengths down, and Rattling Rubie, who was now third. Echelon started to really hit top gear on the side and drove through on the rails to hit the front on straightening. He came away to beat Zipping Lad ($3.10) by a length and three quarters, with veteran stayer, Slick Lee ($9.20) getting home late for third, nine and a half lengths away. Echelon registered 42.03 to record his third victory in eight goes at
the trip, whilst making it 12 wins in 32 starts to date. The black stayer is a son of Mogambo and Off Springer, owned by Len Jones.
Finallyâ€Ś GRANDUER, after running second in four of his six 715 metres starts, finally broke through by taking out heat two of the Group 1 Bold Trease Carnival Cup. Drawn in box one as favourite at $2.50, the Len Ketelaar trained stayer was only fairly away to be fifth on the fence at the first mark, where Zip-
ping Malfoy was in charge in 6.12. Zipping Malfoy was still the pilot at the Judge a lap out, going through in 15.68 with a three lengths lead over Easy Peasy and a further three lengths to Bling It On, with Granduer fifth, nine lengths off the lead. Zipping Malfoy made it around to the back in 30.64 but Bling It On had moved to second, a length and a half down, while Granduer had pulled to the outside in fifth place and was ready to crank it up. The race very quickly changed complexion, with Bling It On finding the lead at the 595 metres boxes but
Granduer had quickly swept around the outside to take over. He dif it well in the run to the line, scoring by two and three quarter lengths over Bling It On ($4.20), with Ebby Miss ($49.80) five and a quarter lengths further astern. Granduer, a litter brother of Echelon, being by Mogambo from Off Springer, is owned by Charlie Bates. The brindle half-miler recorded Best Of Night 41.84 to bring up his 11th win at start number 31. - Darryl Embling
Craig Traherne with Echelon, who will attempt to win another Group race in the Bold Trease Granduer is a very promising stayer. After being allocated the five box this week, MGRA Directors, Len Ketelaar and Charlie Bates may have opted for a draw nearer the rail. Carnival Cup at Sandown Park on Thursday night.
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RACING ENTERTAINMENT was again supplied by the Dapto GRC last Thursday night when a new race called the Dapto Supporters Club Cup was conducted over 520 metres. Heats of that event comprised legs two and four of the TAB Quaddie. The fields were drawn from the top points-scorers in the Dapto Greyhound Of The Year contest, which ran from November 1, 2010 until October 31, 2011. Whilst some of the top 16 qualifiers were unavailable for the series, they were able to attract two competitive fields to contest the heats, preparatory to Thursday night’s $5,000 to the winner final. IN THE FIRST round Jayne Allen began quickly to lead early from American Thunder and Undisputed Dos. Through the pen Undisputed Dos was forced to race four-wide and
NSW Ron Arnold used plenty of petrol in joining the leaders approaching the top turn. Coming off the back straight, Undisputed Dos was on the outside of the rail-hugging Gail Allen and Jayne Allen in the centre. When they tightened, Jayne Allen was squeezed out and Undisputed Dos took a momentary advantage. However, a strong railing performance by Gail Allen saw her finish the better, scoring by a length and three quarters to Undisputed Dos in 30.28, with Moonshine Caddie beating Miss Montgomery to the shinny end of the prize.
IN THE other heat, Elain Allen sped across from the seven alley and cross the field easily at the first turn then established a handy lead. Despite Good Thing having the drop on the leader in transit, Good Thing could not match the pace of Elain Allen and was unable to bridge the gap. Consistent track performers Red Ruler and Street Boss filled the minor placings to complete the line-up for the final. Returning an overall time of 29.97, Elain Allen assured supporters that she’ll be a real force to be reckoned with. ELUSIVE ETHICS returned to the winners list in the first leg of the Quaddie. Jumping well from the inside trap, Elusive Ethics held the lead throughout and defeated the fast finishing Off My Trout and Jadbury Girl.
Gail Allen used the rails draw to perfection. After giving them a start, the Jan Wheeler owned chaser charged away to win a Dapto Supporters Club Cup heat in 30.28. - pic courtesy robshots.com.au
She seized the opportunity of taking control of the race when Parquinn Lad drifted off the fence on the point of the home turn. Dancing Cookie quickly took advantage of the gap and headed Parquinn Lad over the concluding stages and scored in 30.43. At Dapto they also honoured South Coast trainer, Owen Makin, who celebrated his 70th birthday this week.
In a reduced field, Dana Bel scampered over the traditional 520 metres sprint journey to record a notable and d8iminant 29.95 win in the Mixed 4th/5th Grade. GEOFF COOK ended a frustrating run of appearances with youngster, Dancing Cookie in the John Perry Removals Maiden. Settling down second early, Dancing Cookie tracked the pacesetting Parquinn Lad throughout.
Elain Allen, also raced by Jan Wheeler, secured a round of the 520 metres Dapto Supporters Cup in 29.97. - pic courtesy Clarinda Campbell
1 GROUP R E T IN SPR
Beginning well, Ursula cut to the lead down the straight the first time as the inside division was headed by Cosmic Image, who had crashed left after the start. The resultant traffic jam wreaked havoc, with both Arimathea and Izzy Impact being heavily impacted and held up. Believe it or not, the same trio then collided on the first turn, again losing valuable ground. By the time they had regained their composure, Ursula had given the field the slip, leading by 10 lengths along the back straight. Chasing strongly, Ursula arrived at the home turn a mile in front, and with Shazam’s Diamond now second drifting wide, the chasing greyhounds again became disorganised. Ursula ultimately registered a 22½ lengths win over Arimathea and third placegetter, Rough Justice a competitive 30.27.
Girl gets going SISCO GIRL, trained by Charlie Gatt, was another to break her maiden status with a victory in the Dapto Trackside Dining Maiden. Sisco Girl settled down behind the pacesetting Gambo’s Fancy, who had worked across nicely from the widest alley and led by a couple of lengths with a lap to go, with and New Virus next.
Gambo’s Fancy maintained a handy break until nearing the top turn, where the determined pursuit of Sisco Girl began to deliver results. Sisco Girl quickly overhauled Gambo’s Fancy coming off the back straight and then went to the line strongly. The daughter of Bit Chili and Candy Supreme won the 520 metres event by almost four lengths to New Virus and third placed Gambo’s Fancy in 30.18. ROWLES OVER made it back to back wins by taking out the Sportingbet Mixed 4th/5th Grade. In a tight contest to the first corner Rowles Over, Chaos Around Me and Miss Minnehaha vied for the premier position. Pressure created by Rowles Over, who hunted up on the fence at the first turn, causing Chaos Around Me to be checked out of the contest. Rowles Over and Miss Minnehaha were left well clear and all set to decide the result of the 297 metres contest. Rowles Over railed well down the side of the track and eventually drew clear to win by three lengths in 17.24. Trained by Yani Pappas at Royalla, the white and black son of Over Flo and Rowlesomby downed Miss Minnehaha and third placed reserve runner, Brodo’s On Bond. - Ron Arnold
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2009 National Sprint Championship - Cannington 530m 2011 National Distance Championship - Albion Park 710m 2010 Newcastle Cup - The Gardens 715m 2011 Big Dog Cup - Albion Park 600m 2011 Hawkins Media Solutions Superstayers - Albion Park 710m
LAST WEDNESDAY night’s Dapto meeting featured a number of nice performances, with one of the most impressive handed in by the Lidsdale trained Kihael Canon. This chaser made the step-up from country class to the lower grade TAB class with a runaway win in the 297 metres Greyhound Products Direct 5th Grade. Kihael Canon had been produced by trainer, Kim Hyde at the famous Coonamble October longweekend meetings, contesting the Maiden series, winning a heat in 17.56 before finishing third in the rich final that was taken out by Fancy Diamond. Last week Kihael Canon was led out of the boxes by Stumpy Kashkow, who jumped three parts of a length better, and they quickly singled out from the others. Kihael Canon kept hunting up along the rail in the run to the first corner and was alongside Stumpy Kashkow when they left the back straight. With Stumpy Kashkow drifting off the fence approaching the home turn, Kihael Canon quickly took the advantage of the now available inside run then moved clear before going on to score a decisive three and a quarter lengths victory in a fast 16.98. URSULA, trained at Cawdor by Andy Lord, secured the most hollow victory of the night.
CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ ♦
Broke 30 seconds 3 times over 520m with a best time of 29.84 - Albion Park Broke 35 seconds 6 times over 600m with a best time of 34.68 - Albion Park Broke 42 seconds 11 times over 710m with the track record of 41.44 - Albion Park Wentworth Park - 42.07 over 720m Cannington - 30.21 over 520m, 41.66 over 715m
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The Gardens - 42.05 over 715m Ipswich - 30.11 over 520m, 37.18 over 630m Sale - 37.61 over 650m Most wins at Albion Park with 38 Holds final section record at Ipswich with 11.60 Won from every box 5 times
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LAST WEEK I attended the Annual General Meeting of the control body for the three codes of racing in Queensland. I came away with the distinct impression that a new greyhound racing complex for south-east Queensland, incorporating two circuits at Deagon on Brisbane’s northside, is still a long way from becoming a reality. In December last year, Racing Queensland Limited (RQL) released an Industry Infrastructure Plan that outlined planned expenditure of around $200 million at eight venues across the state. Greyhound racing was to benefit by new tracks at Deagon, Ipswich and Townsville, plus improvements at Rockhampton. Part of the $200 million was to come from the sale of Albion Park, where greyhound and harness racing is currently conducted. A legal battle is now underway between RQL and the former Harness Racing Board over an alleged commitment by RQL to retain Albion Park for harness racing. At last week’s AGM, Bob Bentley, Chairman of RQL, outlined details of infrastructure plans started and about to start. None involve greyhounds. “Mackay (gallops) is underway
QLD Paul Dolan and going well, while Cairns (gallops) and Beaudesert (gallops) will be started shortly,” he said. Bentley said that he was unable to make any comment on the future of Albion Park because of the legal situation. He said the overall infrastructure plan had been reduced from around $200 million to $110 million. “Don’t lose sight of the fact that the State Government is weighing-in with a significant amount ($80 million),” Bentley said. Concerning Deagon, RQL is at the stage that it is about to conduct a public advertising campaign. This is to run for 30 business days from some time next month through to February next year. This will fulfil a Brisbane City Council requirement. Not that it’s the only one to be filled… far from it… but it’s where the situation sits at the moment. Local residents, and anyone for that matter, can comment on the proposed Deagon redevelopment.
It all adds up THE EXPERIMENT to grant the Ipswich GRC two Thursday night meetings for its Gold Cup series appears to have worked well. Eight heats of the Cup were run last Thursday. Assuming that betting turnover is a measure of success, figures from last Thursday were more than satisfactory. In an effort to compare apples with apples, I had a look at the Tattsbet turnover figures from last Thursday at Ipswich, as compared to an equivalent Thursday night at Albion Park. A fair match seems to be the heats of the Gold Coast Cup run at
Albion Park a few weeks ago on Thursday night, October 6. Albion Park staged four heats of the Gold Coast Cup as Races 5 to 8. The win pools totalled $55,734 on those four races. The trifectas held $28,535. Win pools ranged from $11,570 to $16,771. Trifecta betting was from $6,351 to $7,866. Ipswich had eight heats of their Cup last Thursday. Looking at races in the same timeslot, they being Races 5 to 8, all Cup heats, the win pools totalled $51,755 and trifecta betting was $27,279. Win pools ranged from $11,321 to $14,755. Trifecta betting was from $6,345 to $7,096. The Gold Coast Cup heats were stronger than the Ipswich Cup heats and I reckon that’s because there were four compared to eight. If the Ipswich Cup heats had been condensed into four for the Best 32, turnover probably would have been higher and matched that of Albion Park. There’s also the “Ipswich versus Albion Park” factor. Albion Park is the traditional, well known Thursday metropolitan meeting. Ipswich racing at that time was a “first” and probably a turn-off to
some punters, simply because Ipswich is a provincial venue. It won’t be fair to compare turnover on next Thursday’s City of Ipswich Gold Cup final to that of the Gold Coast Cup final, because the Gold Coast Cup was washed out on a Thursday and postponed to three days later on Sunday.
Monetary issues TOWNSVILLE greyhound racing is situated at the Showgrounds, quite close to the centre of the city. RQL’s original Infrastructure Plan included relocating greyhound racing to the Cluden (gallops) Racecourse on Townsville’s southside. An amount of $15 million was announced for work at Cluden involving greyhound and thoroughbred facilities. This amount has now been reduced to $6.4 million and is purely for work associated with the gallops. Bob Bentley says the board of RQL would like to have the greyhounds at Cluden, given a number of issues of concern at the Showgrounds. Clearly it’s a case of there are only so many dollars to go round.
Food for thought The ability to speak and think does not guarantee intelligence.
Gun chaser OVER FOUR decades, Orange breeder, Greg Board has built a strong damline, but he showed keen judgment two years ago by adding Ready For Rain to his roster of brood bitches. He bought her from Coonamble owner, Scott Watson for $3,000 and her first litter, to Bombastic Shiraz, produced last weekend’s Vic Peters Classic winner, Spring Gun. The Christine Oldfield trained Spring Gun has broken 30.00 in each of six Wentworth Park wins, and his 29.75 in the Group 1 final was second quickest in the race’s history. “Christine also trained Spring Secret for me, and he ran second in Bogie Leigh’s 2004 Golden Easter Egg, but Spring Gun is the best,” Board said last week. “He is perfect, as he goes like a rocket early and is strong at the finish.” “My wife, Helen and I raise our pups on 55 hectares at Orange, where we have a 540 metres straight track.” “Ready For Rain has had a second litter, to Collision, who is the Vic Peters Classic race record holder.” “I bought her because she was closely related to a fast stayer that I trained named Varvatos.“ Board also owns and trains Spring Bluegirl, who easily won Monday’s Bathurst Super Maiden in
Issues likely to be raised by objectors include increased traffic and the effect of lighting. No major redevelopment happens in any sort of haste. This one is moving through the motions. Plans for a greyhound and harness track inside the Bundamba (Ipswich) gallops track have been dropped completely from the RQL Infrastructure Plan. Potentially, this could be back on the drawing board if money becomes available, eg. from the sale of Albion Park if that were to proceed.
29.80, amongst the fastest 520 metres times recorded by a maiden. ********** BUSH SPEEDSTER, Unauthorised, subject of a recent $20,000 offer, vindicated connections’ high opinion of him when he posted a sizzling 25.25 when winning over 440 metres at Canberra last Sunday. Trained by Lorraine Roy for breeder, Mick Rich, a butcher at Woolworths, Unauthorised scored his third win in four starts in close to Rima’s 24.94 track record. Rich bred Unauthorised from his bitch, Aziz Osti, who was also trained by Roy and was a Wenty Park winner. Rima completed a big day for the Roy kennels, winning the 310 metres Climate Doctor Cannonball final. Bought by Michael Hugo from legendary Riverina breeder, Ted Doss as a pup for $3,000, Rima has now won 10 of 16 starts. On Sunday the dog narrowly won the start, and although badly hampered, managed to retain the lead in a rough first 100 metres. Odds-on favourite, Avondale Miss, whose heat time had equalled Rima’s figures, tried to cross to the rails from box eight and was skittled, losing all chance.
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My paternal grandfather was the eldest son of a blind man. His father lost his sight during a football match in the last days of the 19th century. Despite the handicap, “Blind Paddy” continued to run his small holding until his death in February 1956 at the ripe old age of 86. No doubt the ordeal had a profound effect on the life of my grandfather, who prematurely inherited many of the responsibilities of being the man of the house. My maternal grandfather was a farmer. He inherited the family farm of some 40 acres (16hA), and through hard work and a sideline as a stonemason, died in 1940 on 400 acres (161hA). He thrived on hard manual labour and was an expert rock spitter, in the days before dynamite was a household commodity in Northern Ireland, from a small quarry on his property. He died a relatively young man. Their stories have always been very interesting to me because I feel that part of their character is in me, and in knowing their stories, this inherited character will somehow resurface in mine. That hope on my behalf is merely that, a hope. However, in recent years there is some remarkable evidence emerging that I may well have inherited quite a lot more from my ancestors than was previously thought. The traditional view of genetics suggested that the sperm and the egg each supplied one set of the human genome and when they came together in the double strand of DNA then the simple instructions were there to make another human. And in the idealised world of cloning, if the instructions are the same then every time a person is made it will be born identical. Well, apparently life is not that simple. Each clone will have the same DNA, but whether its DNA sends out the same instructions to the cells
By Dr. Des Fegan MVB MRCVS
is an entirely different matter. Ten years ago, when scientists were mapping the human genome, most educated experts were guessing that there were at least 100,000 genes. No one expected to find only 25,000; the human animal is much too complex to have such a simple instruction book! What has now become obvious after a decade of discovering genetic links to diseases, and frankly struggling to fit the jigsaw pieces together, is that there is a another layer of controls that can switch on or off genes called epigenetics, and this is the layer of complexity that gives the colour to the black and white set of DNA codes. The importance of this discovery is enormous, and we will have many decades or even centuries of research ahead to identify and tag the chemical soup that makes up the human cell. The existence of epigenetics has become obvious to a number of geneticists and researchers over the last few years. However, the researchers, who work with little white mice and can effectively look at generations in fast forward, have discovered a fascinating phenomenon. They took some mice embryos and they used a chemical on them that had been identified as a gene switch, and surely enough in those mice, they saw the effect of switching off that gene in the mice. Then they bred two of these ‘affected’ mice and fully expected the next generation of mice to revert back to normal… but they didn’t. The defect stayed in the mice for a number of generations. This interested a lot of doctors engaged in the field of genetics, but
who were working with populations of people. Two doctors collaborated to study a population from far north Sweden, where the town had kept detailed records for hundreds of years on the lives, health, harvests and deaths of the local population. They graphed the data and found a remarkable correlation between a shorter life expectancy and whether the grandparents had experienced famine. It seemed that the stress and famine of the grandparents flicked on or off gene switches detrimental to health, and this became part of the children’s and grandchildren’s inherited genetics. For greyhounds, the presence of epigenetics forces us to rethink a lot of the scientific dogma that our breeding programs are based on. DNA takes a step back, with environment and management coming to the front again. It would appear that there are vulnerable times in a dog’s life for changing the genetic blueprint… for the female it is when she is in the womb, and for the male just around the time of puberty. These times should not be a great surprise, as the female is born with all her eggs already stored in her ovaries, whilst the male starts manufacture of his genetic message around 7 to 8 months of age. The legacy of management and environment of the brood bitch while she is pregnant, and the male pups in the rearing yard, may not only last for one generation but could be imprinted forever. Walnut Veterinary Clinic 84 Clarendon Street Cranbourne, 3977 (03) 5995 5255
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BREEDING NEWS VAPOUR WHIRL (Ashigga x Broad Band) sired a litter of three dogs and three bitches from Gold Power whelped May 2 that was registered by Woorinen North breeder, Michael Mitchell. Gold Power is an unraced daughter of Pure Octane and Foolish Jean, while the other members of her litter
were Electric Bill (6 wins), Pure Ethane (9 wins), Pursist (1 win), Sheer Kismet (11 wins) and Swan Hill Gold (7 wins). The dam is well bred and comes from a successful litter, suggesting these youngsters should find success on the track.
Give Me Five SOMERTON PARK breeder, Peter Hill registered a litter of three dogs by Give Me Five (Brett Lee x Doll’s Me Mum) from Cool Colleen, whelped May 18. Cool Colleen, a daughter of Big Daddy Cool and Miss Scarlet, scored in four of her 36 tries. She won at Strathalbyn over 416 metres in 24.57, over 515 metres at Angle Park in 30.57, scored at Port Pirie over 412 metres in 24.38 and over 512 metres there in 30.76. Other members of her litter were
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Cool Fever (19 wins), Dirty Bertie (3 wins) and Tilly’s Wish (2 wins). The dam had ability and is from a good line, which augurs very well for the future of these youngsters.
Mogambo WYNDHAM VALE breeder, Bruce Afflick registered a litter by Mogambo (Where’s Pedro x Zarbo) from Annie Okee, and the five dogs and two bitches were whelped July 13. Annie Okee, a daughter of Roanokee and Miss Agadez, scored once in six starts and that was at Bendigo over 430 metres in 24.50. The only other successful member of her litter was Shady Grove Okey (5 wins). The dam is from a good line, which says that these youngsters should have a bright future on the track.
Give Me Five.
Victorian Litter Registration Details from 25/10/2011 to 31/10/2011
Vapour Whirl Give Me Five Mogambo
Gold Power Cool Colleen Annie Okee
02/05/2011 18/05/2011 13/07/2011
3D 3B M. Mitchell 3D 0B P. Hill 5D 3B B. Afflick
In the week from October 25 to October 31 there were three litters registered with GRV.
2011 LEADING SIRES - from January 1st VICTORIA 1
WHERES PEDRO 8729 -1209-1106-1102 13.85% 2 BOMBASTIC SHIRAZ 6304 -906-818-897 14.37% 3 PURE OCTANE 4780 -484-638-634 10.12% 4 COLLISION 2437 -413-346-352 16.94% 5 PREMIER FANTASY 1864 -345-280-244 18.05% 6 BLACK ENFORCER 2564 -304-320-355 11.85% 7 HALLUCINATE 1991 -288-254-240 14.46% 8 ELITE STATE 2211 -272-291-291 12.03% 9 BIG DADDY COOL 2312 -265-287-302 11.46% 10 METICULOUS 2078 -241-227-202 11.59%
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NO ONE even slightly interested in greyhound racing could have missed the fact that Paul Wheeler and his family have seven of the eight finalists in this week’s Melbourne Cup. Gary Ennis, who has the other finalist, Enry Walt, could be excused for feeling outnumbered. It’s a credit to Gary that the Silver Chief, Bendigo Cup winner and TOPGUN runner-up is in yet another Group 1 final. But all discussion rightly surrounds the Wheeler family juggernaut. Their finalists are: Allen Elroy (Collision - Clementine Bale); Shereen Bale (Over Flo - Horizon Bale); Bala Bale (Bartrim Bale D y n a B e a u t y ) ; D yn a T r o n (Collision - Gold Rush Bale); Bekim Bale (Bartrim Bale - Amelia Bale); Numero Uno Bale (Where’s Pedro Dyna Celeste); Dyna Morris (Collision - Gold Rush Bale). I do hope pedigree fanciers take a close look at all six (Dyna Tron and Dyna Morris are litter brothers) bloodlines. I love nothing better than talking to Paul Wheeler and gaining further into his insight into greyhound breeding. Anyone who doesn’t want to delve into the goings on at Wheeler Kennels, especially a kennel that produces seven of the eight runners in a Group 1 final, isn’t serious about producing better greyhounds. He was happy; why wouldn’t he be, about those seven dogs and the Wheeler Kennels overall. “We have approximately 800 starters per month and in the last financial year we won $4 million in prizemoney,” said Paul. “This year it will be more.” Bekim Bale, naturally, is a favourite topic for Paul and his family. “George Dailly rang me even
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before this dog had started in a race, and asked if he could register him as a stud dog,” said Paul. “George is going to do a bit of breeding and wants to use him.” Paul says Bekim Bale didn’t break-in wonderfully, but he was good. “David Bale (third to Dyna Tron in a Cup heat) broke in half a second faster than Bekim Bale,” said Paul. Wheeler tells of the disaster that was Bartrim Bale at stud. “We used him ourselves, but we also gave away a number of free services as prizes for races,” said Paul. “We still have a number of those certificates at home.” The winners of those free services to Bartrim Bale never bothered to collect them. Paul sold Bartrim Bale to China for $15,000 and he has since heard the dog has been re-sold for “big money”. Bekim Bale’s dam, Group 1 runner-up, Amelia Bale, has since whelped a litter to Collision, and will go to Hallucinate (Bartrim Bale’s sire) for her next mating. Paul says Bekim Bale has been a revelation. “He shocked me when he won the Shootout,” he said. “I believe a dog’s best racing is from two and a half to three. He’s so young.” Of his other finalists, Numero Uno Bale has become a favourite. “Graeme (Bate) has told me I should breed a few litters by him,” said Paul. “The dog broke a leg as a pup and he races with a crooked leg.” “He’s been very good to do what he has done.” Bala Bale, in-bred 2x1 to the half sisters Gold Rush Bale and Dyna Beauty (both out of Jindera Bale), was a breeding experiment by Paul. “I tried to highlight the damline and produce future brood bitches,” he said.
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“She is only tiny but very good.” Check out the pedigree of five of the seven Wheeler Cup finalists and you come across the brood bitch, Jindera Bale on at least one side of the pedigree, and in Bala Bale’s case, both sides. Jindera Bale (Grove Whisper Star Lee) was a prolific winner “among the best in WA” during her career when trained by John Tonkins. “She was always coming home to us for stud,” said Paul. She became the dam of champion, Kantarn Bale and the Galaxy winner and handy sire, Bitability Bale.” “We have two distinct damlines,” said Paul, “that from Gail’s Beauty and another I call the Fag Ash line, because he was the first good dog from the line.” Gail’s Beauty was heavily linebred to the legendary brood bitch, Brenda Gay, via Top Linen and his half-sister, Tassin. What Paul hadn’t realised is that Jindera Bale’s fourth dam, Namor Star was also heavily line-bred to Brenda Gay, via Brenda’s Daughter and her brother, Top Linen. You should all be interested to know that legend, Temlee is heavily line-bred to Top Linen and his sister, Brenda’s Daughter. “The Gail’s Beauty line are generally stocky types, nugget-like footballers, but the Jindera Bale line is long and lanky; lean almost,” he said. Even more interesting is that Jindera Bale’s champion son, Kantarn Bale was by Light Of Fire, who was line-bred to Temlee three times. Of the seven Melbourne Cup finalists, three are by Collision, the brothers Dyna Tron, Dyna Morris and Allen Elroy. Paul says he keeps a spreadsheet of his race dogs, the sires, and brood bitches to keep a running tally of just what lines are keeping him
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successful. “I have found there are three distinct sires that provide my operation with the most return. They are Collision, Go Wild Teddy and Surf Lorian, so I target them more than other sires,” he said. “We keep a points-score on prizemoney won for us by sires.” “But we use a diversity of sires and are not afraid to use unproven young dogs.” “But I am opposed to a young dog coming off the track and having his service fee at telephone numbers.” “Someone else can use that dog.” The Wheeler Kennel averages 270 pups born every year. “But because most don’t leave the property until they are 18 months old, and add to the numbers our brood bitches, etc, we generally have between 500 and 600 dogs on the two properties at The Oaks and Young.” He says his bitches generally cycle every eight months, and every second year the kennel will have a bigger year for pups born. Stud dogs he has used recently include: Ashom Bale, Bombastic Shiraz, Cosmic Rumble, Collision, Dyna Lachlan, High Earner, Fear
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Zafonic, Go Wild Teddy, Hallucinate, Give Me Five, Larking About, Meticulous, Jarvis Bale, Lansley Bale, Lonesome Cry, Turanza Bale, Run’s House, Where’s Pedro, Velocette, Surf Lorian and Blue Lorian. “I used Jarvis Bale, even though he was a stayer,” said Paul. “But he was a very good sprinter before he got up over distance, and raced until he was four, earning $300,000.” “And he’s by Sonic Flight, and his lines work with our lines.” Recent matings include champion stayer, Amity Bale to Surf Lorian. He has also used unproven sires like his own star Group 1 performer, Dyna Lachlan, as well as the overseas champions Lonesome Cry and Fear Zafonic. “I don’t use sires, I don’t think will make it to the top at stud,” he said. “We take a lot into account when planning matings, like temperament, conformation, racing style, etc.” Seven of the eight Melbourne Cup finalists are proof the Wheeler plan is coming together. - courtesy www.pedigreesbydesign.com
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Odds-on in Horsham November 8
BLACK MIRANDA took out heat three of the 410 metres Maiden on Tuesday night. Lining up in box eight as the odds-on favourite at $1.90, the daughter of Bit Chili and Miranda Bay got there by a half length over Domain Road ($11.60), with Reekay Mite ($8.60) a length back in third spot. Black Miranda, who registered 24.24, was the first leg of a winning double for owner trainer, Mark Delbridge. Sonic Chick for the Atherden Syndicate gave Mark his double by running 23.67 to take out a Grade 5 over 410 metres. The daughter of Where’s Pedro and Miss Otazel came from box three at $13.60 to beat Nirra Meg ($13.90) by two and a quarter lengths, with Black Imposer ($15.60) the next to arrive, a length in arrears. Flying Maldini posted 23.66 when an all the way winner of heat one of the 410 metres Maiden. Sent to box four as favourite at 42.60, the daughter of Droopys Maldini and Firing Zone scored by six lengths over Whiz Bang Ayers ($8.00), with Tricky Josie ($44.60) four and three quarter lengths further astern. Flying Maldini, owned by the Gar Bob Syndicate, was the first of five winners for trainer, Graeme Bate. Ivan Bale was leg two and he registered 23.79 to take out heat two of the 410 metres Maiden. Rated on top at $2.50 from box seven, the son of Where’s Pedro and Horizon Bale beat Classic Boy ($34.90) by a length and a half, with Taswegian Surf ($29.50) eight and a half lengths further astern. Ivan Bale was the first leg of a winning double for owner, Paul Wheeler. Irma Bale completed the double for Paul and was Graeme’s fourth winner by running the new PB and BON time of 26.99 to score in the 480 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Drawn in box one as favourite at 1.50, the daughter of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale scored by six and a half lengths over Rich Shiraz ($4.70), with Arvo’s Hannah ($19.60) a length and a half further adrift. Irma Bale has started 15 times with this being her eighth win. Allen Banter was Graeme’s third leg and recorded 33.13 after leading throughout to score in the 570 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Wearing the blue vest as equal favourite at $3.40, the son of Where’s Pedro and Daphne Bale beat co-favourite Smokin’ Ichiban
($2.40) by two and a half lengths, with Kiltanon Rufus ($9.80) seven and a half lengths back in third spot. A winner of seven of his 41 starts, Allen Banter was the first leg of a winning double for owner, Jan Wheeler. Falay Allen completed the double for Jan and was the fifth winner for Graeme and did so by taking out the 410 metres Special Event. Coming from box four as favourite at $3.30, the daughter of Collision and Olivia Allen beat Shredded Cheese ($4.20) by three and three quarter lengths, with Walter Bale ($8.20) the next one home, a half length away. Falay Allen, who recorded the new PB and BON time of 23.23, has now scored in eight of her 25 outings.
The Jones boy
Warragul November 8
CASEY JONES took out the 400 metres Debutant Maiden Final on Tuesday night Drawn in box one at $4.70 after a luckless first start, the Charles Mercieca trained youngster scored by a length and a quarter over Pah Leeze ($3.00), with Golden Monza ($19.00) seven and a half lengths further astern. Casey Jones, a son of Velocette and Vee Girl Vane, owned by the Striptease Syndicate, returned the time of 22.95. Marmion ran the new PB and BON time of 22.71 to take out the 400 metres Special Event. Rated on top at $1.80 out of box four, the son of Elite State and Show Stopper scored by two and three quarter lengths over Kasundi ($8.10), with Aston Tyler ($13.00) a half length further adrift. A winner of 24 of his 57 attempts, Marmion is trained by John Coburn for the Waterco Syndicate. There was a Novice run over 680 metres and Texas Trix was the winner in 39.84. Drawn in box seven at $2.80, the Kerrie Smyth trained stayer got there by a neck over Willodrie ($2.70 fav), with Wicked Warlord ($4.60) two lengths back in third spot. Texas Trix, a daughter of Texas Gold and Civil Salute, owned by the Scott James Syndicate, has won two of her 13 outings. Soda Boy took the time honours over the 460 metres by registering the new PB of 25.94 to score in a Grade 5. The son of Bombastic Shiraz and Pure Elle came from box four as favourite at $2.50 to lead throughout and defeat McCosker Speed ($6.20) by six and a half lengths, with a length and three quarters to third placed Daintree Dream ($3.30).
Soda Boy, who’s won three of his five runs, is trained by Peter Giles for Daniel Mizzi.
Ballarat November 9 LEKTRA FLY took out the 550 metres Grade 5 final on Wednesday night. Coming from box three as favourite at $1.80, the Lisa Delbridge trained chaser defeated Mahogany Boy ($13.70) by a length, with Kuusou Rumba ($31.30) three and three quarter lengths further afield. Lektra Fly, a son of Where’s Pedro and Elektra, owned by Philip Lenehan, stopped the clock at 31.83. King Benny ran 25.80 to take out the final of the 450 metres Debutant Maiden. Wearing the pink vest as favourite at $2.00, the son of El Galo and Dark Marne beat Can’t Be Late ($9.80) by five and three quarter lengths, with Shaw Street Race ($20.50) coming in third, a length and three quarters away. Owned by Ben Thompson, King Benny was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Jason Thompson. The Casie O’Neil owned Peggy May gave Jason his double by registering 25.43 to take out the 450 metres Mixed 3rd/4th Grade. Sent to box three as the popular elect at $1.60, the daughter of Royal Riddle and Trinity County led throughout to bolt in by nine and a half lengths over Sisco Diamond ($19.70), with a head to third placed Up And Away ($15.10). Adulterous took time honours over the 450 metres by recording 25.32 to take out heat two of The Great Chase. After lining up in box three as favourite at $1.40, the Jamie Ennis trained chaser romped in by seven and three quarter lengths over Sisco Big ($11.20), with Ronald Weasley ($6.40) two and a quarter lengths back in third spot. A winner of six of his eight starts, Adulterous is a son of Meticulous and Aisha Magic, owned by Paul Westerveld. Molly Molloy ran the BON time of 31.67 to score in the 550 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. The daughter of Premier Fantasy and Witch Magic came from box seven as favourite at $1.90 to score by three lengths over Sisco Turbo ($3.30) and Limburg Gem ($24.90), four and a quarter lengths was the margin there. Molly Molloy, who’s won 15 of her 33 attempts, is trained by Craig Elliot for the Cypress Lodge Syndicate. Cruisy Supreme posted 22.52 to score in the 390 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Sent to box two as the popular fancy at $2.40, the Mark Cauchi owned and trained
sprinter saluted by a length and three quarters over Flying Jazz ($7.00), with Aralu Bale ($5.30) a half length back in third spot. Cruisy’s Supreme is a son of Black Enforcer and Cruisy Sal and at his 48th start, this was his eighth win.
The Meadows October 12 AFTER taking over from Gaylah Bale rounding the first turn in a 525 metres Grade 5 last Wednesday afternoon, long odds-on favourite, Katie Merry was enjoying the rails draw, Having clocked BOD 17.85 down the back, the Ray Bartolo trained daughter of Go Wild Teddy and Miss Mini Mouse was able to fend-off a powerful finish from Trubbo ($) to score by three quarters of a length in a new PB and equal Best Of Day 29.98, while Gaylah Bale ($15.80) wound up third, a further seven and a half lengths astern. Diane Bartolo owns Katie Merry ($1.20), who has won half of his four Meadows starts, whilst overall she made it six outings for three wins and four placings. Sharing time honours with Katie Merry was Maryborough based Proven Impala, a 4.40 pop on SuperTAB. Trained by Joe Borg for Larissa Darragh, the daughter of Velocette and Thanks Blue exited the five trap and led from start to finish in a 525 metres Grade 5, passing the post eight and a half lengths ahead of Tasi ($15.40) and third placed Horizon Fast ($20.50), almost six lengths further back. Opening her account at The Meadows, Proven Impala made it three wins in 13 attempts. Fastest greyhound over 600 metres was My Mate Max, who stopped the clock at 34.,85 in a Grade 5. A $4.50 chance from box four, the Rob Camilleri trained chaser defeated Penguin Tori ($3.30 fav) by three lengths after leading from go to whoa, while Marceri ($3.80) finished third, a length and three quarters adrift. In a race of thrills and spills both Zenda and Royal Drill came to grief on the first turn, with the on-course vet unable to detect any serious injury. Notching his sixth career win from 27 goes, the Keith Dawson owned son of Where’s Pedro and Cash Up registered his first victory over The Meadows middle distance. Laurie Valentine has found his niche in racing and last week landed another lower end race by taking out the 525 metres Grade 5. From the seven alley, Laurie Valentine, big overs at $10.40, settled behind the front
Proven Maddy and handler, Karen Pitt after the promising El Galo youngster saluted in the second heat of The Great Chase series at his Sandown Park debut on Sunday, November 6. Raced by the McGrath Syndicate, the white and black sprinter has tasted defeat just once in his seven starts to date and had quite a vociferous cheer squad trackside to celebrate his - pic courtesy Peter Bryce 30.11 victory.
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running Sonador Miss and dashed to the lead coming off the back.’ After breaking clear, the Tony Devola owned, Rob Britton trained son of Bombastic Shiraz and Unlimited Surge proved too good for Instant Bale ($3.50) in 30.58, with third placed Sonador Miss ($17.50) a neck away.
He said bye
Shepparton November 9
ALL INN BYE scored an easy win in heat two of the 450 metres Maiden on Wednesday. Sent to box eight as favourite at $2.60, the Tony Duncan owned and trained youngster led throughout to romp home an eight lengths winner over Rego Due ($6.60), with Rushendar Star ($7.50) four lengths further astern. All Inn Bye, a son of Bye Bye Bones and Memory Lost, ran the BOD time of 25.54 to tick-up his first win at his fifth start. First starter, Mavid Day took time honours over the 390 metres by leading throughout to land a Maiden in 22.38. Rated at $4.10 out of box three, the son of Premier Fantasy and Girl You Want bolted in by seven and three quarter lengths over My Blue Lady ($6.80), with La Rubi ($3.10 fav) a length back in third spot. Mavid Day is trained at Linton by John Higgins for David May. Bill’s Rocket led from pillar to post to take out heat one of the 450 metres Maiden. After lining up in box three as favourite at $3.20, the Graham Glass trained chaser scored a seven length win over Riverside Mary ($6.80), with Sisco Hot ($4.30) picking up third money, four and a quarter lengths away. Bill’s Rocket, a son of Give Me Five and Proven Elusive, owned by Dean Higginbotham, stopped the clock at 25.62. Jay Jay’s Gun ended the day for punters on a sour note by taking out the final event, a 390 metres Maiden as a $17.10 elect. Wearing the black vest, the son of Surgeon and Our Girl led throughout to beat Stylish Aqua ($2.30 fav) by two and three quarter lengths, with Samantha’s Oak ($6.30) a length and a half back in third spot. Jay Jay’s Gun is owned and trained by Belinda King and his winning time was 22.70.
Geelong November 10
HOT GRILLE smashed the 460 metres track record on Thursday night by posting 25.42 when an easy winner of a Grade 5. Sent to box one as favourite at $1.70, the Cameron Bahen trained chaser scored by seven lengths over Spitfire Jack ($3.90), with Jaqui Stress ($9.40) four and a quarter lengths further astern. A winner of 11 of his 24 starts, Hot Grille is a son of Big Daddy Cool and Entrenched, owned by Gwenda Bahen. Flying Control finished best to take out the 680 metres Grade 5. Coming from box six at $4.10, the black stayer greeted the Judge a length and a quarter in advance of Faceman Peck ($10.80), with third placed Free Roll ($5.90) four and a quarter lengths further afield. Flying Control, a daughter of Traction Control and Awesome Omen, owned and trained by Doug Sheridan, clocked 40.02 to make it seven wins in 71 starts. Maria Bale posted 22.93 to take out a 400 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Drawn in box two at $8.10, the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Bennice Bale beat Super Rico ($2.40 fav) by three quarters of a length, with Dirty Prince ($35.10) collecting third money, a length and a half in arrears. Maria Bale was the first leg of a winning double for owner trainer combo of Paul Wheeler and Steve Collins. Cole Bale completed the double for Paul and Steve by recording 26.42 to take out a 460 metres Grade 5. After lining up in box one as favourite at $3.30, the son of Go Wild Teddy and Tally Bale accounted for Fainting Fancies ($4.70) and Bandito ($4.10), with three quarters of a length both ways being the margins. Moscardo took time honours over the 400 metres by clocking 22.54 to score in a Grade 5. Rated at $5.60 out of box five, the Geoff Dalton trained sprinter defeated Entice Me Juliet ($1.90 fav) by two and a quarter lengths, with Arvo’s Spice ($4.50) two and three quarter lengths back in third spot. Moscardo, who’s won five of his 15 starts, is a son of Bit Chili and Carlz, owned by Jack Heasley.
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Warragul November 10
SILENT WITCH ran the new PB and BOD time of 22.64 when an easy all the way winner of a 400 metres Grade 5 on Thursday. Coming from box six as favourite at $2.60, the Lisa Wakefield trained sprinter romped home a seven length winner over Choctane ($22.90). with Kava King ($5.40) two and three quarter lengths further afield. A winner of three of her 10 outings, Silent Witch is a daughter of Silent Guardian and Witch Pirate. owned by Troy Tillotson. Blonde Potter took time honours over the 460 metres by registering 26.33 when successful in a Grade 5. Drawn box two at $5.10, the son of Texas Gold and Blonde Moments saluted by a length and a half over Irinka Brian ($18.90). with three quarters of a length to third placed Dr. Lynette ($3.70 fav). Blonde Potter, trained by Nicole Lund for the Texas Blonde Syndicate, has won eight of his 75 starts to date. Michael Niele took the training honours for the day with a double, and the Sheila Donlon owned Bowstreet Sentry was his first leg when he ran 26.46 to take out a 460 metres Grade 5. Wearing the red vest at $4.20, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Bowstreet Dancer scored by a length and a quarter over Simply Kiddo ($6.10), with Pure Ruler ($6.10) a length and three quarters further afield. The Neil Collins owned Walkaway Again gave Michael his double by posting 23.24 to land a 400 metres Grade 5. After lining up in box eight at $21.20, the son of Flying Penske and Walkaway Best beat Majak Magic ($2.80 fav) by a length, with Speed Prince ($5.50) collecting the minor end of the prize, three and a quarter lengths in arrears.
Geelong November 11
MARK DELBRIDGE rugged up two runners in the 520 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade on Friday night and led in the quinella on the event. Victory went to Eurico Bale, who came from box one as favourite at $2.80 to lead throughout and beat his litter and kennelmate, Elmira Bale ($5.20) by a half length, with a neck to third placed Bullicourt Dylan ($5.80). Eurico Bale, who ran the BON time of 30.06 to make it 11 wins in 34 starts, is a son of Bartrim Bale and Serene Bale, owned by Paul Wheeler. Credit Cruncher took time honours over the 460 metres by running 25.93 to score in a Grade 5. Wearing the blue vest at $6.30, the son of Global Warming and Maxi Van Demon accounted for Southwood Barge ($4.40) and Buddy Rox ($2.00 fav), with a neck both ways being the margins. A winner of 20 of his 78 attempts, Credit Cruncher is owned and trained at Toora by Ken Height. Golden Miracle seemed over the odds at $5.80 in the 400 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade yet scored his fifth career win. Coming from box eight, the Joe Briffa trained sprinter scored by a length over Super Aden ($1.90 fav), with Super Nitro ($8.40) three quarters of a length back in third spot. Golden Miracle, a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Golden Gwen, owned by John Lenehan, returned the new PB time of 22.66. King Fox ran the BON time of 22.55 to take out a 400 metres Grade 5. Drawn in box four as favourite at $2.10, the son of Joe Hearns and Too Late led throughout to score by six lengths over Egyptian Ruler ($19.10), with a half length to third placed Noble Sudoku ($10.20). King Fox, owned and trained by Carl Schlensog, has scored in three of his 13 attempts.
Traralgon November 11
MISTER SCULL collected the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the 513 metres Maiden Final on Friday night. Sent to box two at $6.50, the Greg Neocleous owned and trained youngster scored by a length and three quarters over Sizzling Cash ($6.60), with Mad Star ($10.70) four and a half lengths further astern. Mister Scull, a son of Mister Twink and Sharon Lee, returned the new PB time of 30.12. Soda Boy posted 29.82 to take out heat two of the 513 metres Grade 5. Rated on top at $2.70 from box six, the
son of Bombastic Shiraz and Pure Elle got there by a head over Beltis Bale ($4.50), with Parumba Jamaica ($37.20) the next to arrive, six and a half lengths back. Soda Boy, owned by Daniel Mizzi, was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Peter Giles. The Paddy Twohig owned Where’s Turner completed the double for Pete by running the new PB and BON time of 29.71 to take out heat five of the 513 metres Grade 5. After lining up in box eight as favourite at $2.60, the son of Where’s Pedro and Paddy’s Ember led throughout to bolt in by nine and three quarter lengths over Cruising Pat ($29.50), with a neck to third placed Yo Gabba Gabba ($26.20). Where’s Turner has now started 37 times and this was his 13th win. Fairy Horse led throughout to easily take out a 298 metres Grade 5 in the BON time of 16.83. The Brendan Moles owned and trained sprinter came from the outside trap at $5.20 to romp home a nine and a quarter length winner over Aston Tyler ($6.40), with Aden Jaya ($15.80) collecting third money, two and a half lengths away. A winner of three of her eight outings, Fairy Horse is a daughter of Droopy’s Puzzle and Royalties.
Warrnambool November 12 BLACK CRUSADER collected the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the 450 metres Maiden Final on Saturday night. Drawn in box eight at $16.10, the Graeme White trained youngster scored by a length and three quarters over Forrester ($20.50), with Chocolyn Chaser ($4.90) three lengths further afield. Black Crusader, a son of El Galo and Brett’s Break, owned by John Bray, stopped the clock at 25.76. Southwood Bolt ran the BON time of 25.70 to take out the 450 metres Free For All. Wearing the green vest at $6.60, the son of Where’s Pedro and Miss The Boat accounted for Matang ($20.30) and Kreuzer On Fire ($3.60 fav), with three quarters of a length both ways being the margins. A winner of seven of his 17 runs, Southwood Bolt is trained by Steve Elsum for the Southwood Park Syndicate. Falay Allen took time honours over the 390 metres by running 21.97 to take out the Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Listed as a reserve, the Jan Wheeler owned daughter of Collision and Olivia Allen gained a start in box three and as favourite at $2.50, led throughout to score by five lengths over Mepunga Webber ($6.00), with Dyna Dadam ($10.90) two and three quarter lengths back in third spot. Falay Allen, who’s won nine of her 26 starts, was the second leg of a winning double for trainer, Graeme Bate. The Paul Wheeler owned Walter Bale was Graeme’s first leg and he ran 25.71 to take out a 450 metres Grade 5. Coming from box eight at $4.50, the son of Hallucinate and Kazar Bale defeated Glamorous Denise ($22.20) by a length and a quarter, with a similar margin to third placed Drums Of Dawn ($4.90). Chris Johannsen took the training honours with a treble, and Glow After Dark for the Champagne Syndicate was his first leg when she ran 22.53 after leading throughout to score in heat two of the Bitches 390 metres Maiden. Sent to box three at $11.30, the daughter of Collision and Seminole scored by two and three quarter lengths over Real Brew ($5.90), with Alway’s Whining ($6.10) two and three quarter lengths further afield. The Ian Freeman owned Destructinator was leg two and he collected the GOBIS Bonus by scoring in the 650 metres Grade 5. Wearing the red vest as equal favourite at $3.30, the daughter of Where’s Pedro and Somerton Lass beat More Moo (43.70) by a head, with My Secret Shiraz ($3.30 eq fav) a length and a quarter back in third possie. Destructinator recorded 37.88 to take her record to nine wins in 77 starts. Little Wishes gave the Champagne Syndicate a double and Chris his treble by recording 22.37 to land a 390 metres Grade 5. The daughter of El Galo and Princess Jess came from the inside trap at $3.40 to lead all the way and beat Gone Bananas ($5.90) by four and three quarter lengths, with a neck to third placed Abrasive Manner ($10.50).
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Much easier for Lily Sandown November 13
STETSON LILY found a 595 metres Grade 5 a much easier assignment on Sunday and scored an all the way win. Coming from box eight at $3.50, the Peter Dundon owned and trained chaser scored by five and a half lengths over Limburg Power ($10.10), with a nose to third placed Greysynd Zero ($3.30 fav). Stetson Lily, who clocked 34.39 to make it 14 wins in 57 starts, is a daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Silent Flower. Trainer Robert Britton and owners M C + C E Morris chimed-in with a litter double, and Shark Bite was the first leg when he ran 29.90 to take out heat one of the 515 metres Maiden. Drawn in box seven at $3.30, the brindle chaser scored by a length and a half over Glenda Bale ($4.70), with Golden Goal ($15.30) the next to arrive, two and a quarter lengths in arrears. Jungle Hero completed the litter double for connections by recording 29.76 to take out heat two of the 515 metres Maiden. Rated on top at $2.70 from box three, the son of Surf Lorian and Miss Chilli beat Five Easy Pieces ($6.20) by a length and three quarters, with Garett Bale ($15.90) picking up third money, a length and a half in arrears. Defrim Bale registered the equal BOD time of 29.72 to take out heat four of the 515 metres Maiden. Sent to box one as favourite at $1.70 for his first start, the Andrea Dailly trained chaser scored by a length and three quarters over Stetson Donna ($5.70), with Lektra Ottens ($44.80) two and three quarter lengths back in third spot. Defrim Bale, a son of Bartrim Bale and Amelia Bale, was the first leg of a winning treble for owner, Paul Wheeler. Sharing the 515 metres time honours with a gallop of 29.72 was Dyna Beat. Lining up in box one as favourite at $3.20 in a Grade 5, the daughter of Droopys Maldini and Talina Bale scored by two and a quarter lengths over Black Jaca ($6.60), with Riviera Miss ($32.70) nine and three quarter lengths further astern. A winner of four of her 10 attempts, Dyna Beat is owned by Brendan Wheeler and was the first leg of a winning treble for trainer, Graeme Bate. Paul Wheeler and Graeme Bate combined for both their next two legs; the first of which was Hansli Bale, who ran 29.89 to take out a 515 metres Grade 5. Coming from box three at $5.70, the son of Velocette and Saffron Bale beat Giacometti ($1.40 fav) by 10½ lengths, with a half length to third placed Outcome ($31.80). Fotoula Bale completed Paul and Graeme’s trebles by posting 29.79 to score in a 515 metres Grade 5. A litter sister of Hansli Bale, the red brindle chaser came from box one as favourite at $1.80 to salute by a length and a quarter over Pacquiao ($12.10), with Pyro Girl ($16.90) four and three quarter lengths further astern.
Favourite Nan Sale November 13
SELECT NAN went out favourite at $1.80 in the 520 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade on Sunday night and scored in 30.32. `The Ken Bailey owned and trained galloper came from box two to defeat Where’s Freeman ($4.80) by a length, with Dolly’s Hand ($13.100 the next to arrive, a length and a half in arrears. Select Nan, a daughter of Pure Octane and Another Flood, has now won nine of her 30 starts. Fluidity posted the BON time of 24.99 when successful in the third semi-final of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series. Coming from box one as favourite at $1.30, the son of Brett Lee and Wheely Wapped scored by six and a quarter lengths over Why Not Happy ($15.50), with Dr. Waterhorse ($28.00) the next one in, five and a half lengths in arrears. Fluidity, who’s won both his starts to date, is owned by Tyrone Whittington and Greg Sprod, was the first leg of a winning treble for trainer, Wayne Vassallo. Cee Waller for the Dazed And Confused Syndicate was Wayne’s second leg and he ran 25.05 to score easily in the fourth semi-final of the GRV VBIS Maiden Series over 440 metres. The son of Collision and Brooklyn Belle came from box one as favourite at $1.20 to bolt in by eleven and a quarter lengths over Fantasy Whisper ($20.70), with Fabio Prince ($26.70) a length back in the minor end of the prize.
Proven Chevy was the third leg for Wayne and he recorded 25.20 to take out heat one of the 440 metres Grade 5. Sent out at $8.00 from box three, the son of Pure Octane and Proven Babe beat Heza Blazin’ ($26.90) by a half length, with Charming Bingy ($26.20) nine and a half lengths further astern. There was a Restricted Win Stake run over the 650 metres and Groober took that out. After lining up in box one at $4.10, the Chris Johannsen trained stayer accounted for Oily ($47.60) and Atelier ($3.30 fav), with three quarters of a length both ways being the margins. A winner of six of his 41 starts, Groober is a son of Texas Gold and Hannai Pumpkin, owned by Greg Bennett.
Great Chase semis Geelong November 14
OUR PALE ALE took out the first semi-final of The Great Chase over 460 metres on Monday. Sent to box two at $9.60, the Glenn Campbell trained chaser led throughout to score by four and three quarter lengths over Black Rage ($8.00), with Cee Anna Rose ($2.50 fav) a length and a quarter back in third spot. Our Pale Ale, a son of Bo Frazier and Prancing Uno, owned by the Brad + Ruth Syndicate, clocked the new PB time of 25.94 to collect the $7600 first prizemoney and the $1000 GOBIS Bonus. Adulterous ran the BOD time of 25.64 to take out the second semi-final of The Great Chase over 460 metres. Drawn in box two as favourite at $2.10, the son of Meticulous and Aisha Magic beat Fully Advanced ($3.10) by a neck, with Cheese Souffle ($14.40) the next one home, five and a quarter lengths away. A winner of seven of his nine starts, Adulterous is trained by Jamie Ennis for Paul Westerveld and he too picked up the $7600 first prizemoney and the $1000 GOBIS Bonus. Classy Maldini scored an all the way win in the third semi-final of The Great Chase over 460 metres. The Graeme Bate trained chaser came from box six as the popular elect at $2.00 to defeat Jayde’s Turn ($13.40) by six lengths, with Prince Holyfield ($2.40) a length and a quarter back in third spot. Classy Maldini, a son of Droopys Maldini and Firing Zone, owned by the Gar Syndicate, stopped the clock at 26.03. Entice Me Juliet took time honours over the 400 metres by running 22.41 to take out a Grade 5. Rated at $3.00 out of box six, the daughter of El Galo and Enticed Lass scored an all the way two lengths win over Side By Side ($6.30), with Jessina ($2.80 fav) a length and a half further adrift. Entice Me Juliet is trained by James Karamatic for Colin Brennan, and at her 21st start, this was her sixth win.
Shepparton November 14
JET LANE collected the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the 390 metres Maiden Final on Monday night. Coming from box four as favourite at $1.80, the Michael Carter owned and trained youngster scored by five and a quarter lengths over Miss Chaparal ($21.10), with Stylish Guess ($8.80) three lengths further astern. Jet Lane, a son of El Galo and Proven Lily, returned the time of 22.26. Bill’s Rocket ran the new PB of 25.57 when an all the way winner of the 450 metres Maiden Final. Sent to box eight as favourite at $2.80, the black chaser scored by two and three quarter lengths over Riverside Buzz ($17.50), with Eddy’s Revenge ($12.50) a length and a quarter further adrift. Bill’s Rocket, a son of Give Me Five and Proven Elusive, owned by Dean Higginbotham, was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Graham Glass. Rodionova completed the double for Graham by running the new PB of 22.25 to take out a 390 metres Grade 5. The son of Path To Power and Novaspace wore the red vest as favourite at $3.00 to a five lengths win. Rodionova was the second leg of a winning double for owner, Brenda Kinder as she had scored with Leggy Elle in heat four of the 450 metres Grade 5 earlier in the night. The daughter of Bit Chili and Velvet Vista came from box two as favourite at $2.60 to record 25.52 when successful by six and a half lengths.
Marmion took time honours over the 450 metres by posting the new PB of 25.19 when an all the way winner of the Free For All. After lining up in box six as favourite at $2.70, the trained by John Coburn defeated Thunderguns ($20.10) by five lengths, with Allen Hertz ($3.10) three lengths back in third spot. Marmion, who’s won 25 of his 58 starts, is a son of Elite State and Show Stopper, owned by the Waterco Syndicate. Miss Trew Star registered the new PB and BON time of 22.07 to score in the 390 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Drawn in box eight as the popular fancy at $1.40, the daughter of Premier Fantasy and Miss Mini Mouse beat Octagon ($6.80) by three quarters of a length, with Affordable ($17.60) three and three quarter length back in third possie. A winner of nine of her 26 starts, Miss Trew Star is owned by Dennis Trewin and was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Tina Womann. Tina scored later in the night with the Glenda Caruana owned Magic Rubble in heat six of the 450 metres Grade 5. The son of Pure Octane and Magic Sarah came from box two at $8.70 to score a three and a half lengths win in 25.60.
Warragul November 14
GRAND MAESTRO picked up his first win by taking out the 400 metres Maiden Final on Monday night. After lining up in box eight at $7.80, the Paul Hili trained youngster led throughout to score by three and three quarter lengths over Calabrese Gina ($5.30), with Red Norm ($29.90) three and a quarter lengths further afield. Grand Maestro, a son of El Galo and Hearts War, owned by Rodney Cowling, stopped the clock at 23.17. McCosker Speed posted 26.14 when an all the way winner of a 460 metres Grade 5. Sent to box two at $5.10, the son of Bombastic Shiraz and Brood Saquan saluted by a length over Morotai ($19.50), with a half length to third placed Explosive Milne ($10.80). McCosker Speed, owned by Jeff Galea, was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Bill McMahon. The Anthony McVicker owned Surf Sticka completed the double for Bill by recording the new PB of 25.96 to take out the 460 metres Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Drawn in box four at $4.20, the son of Knocka Norris and Surf Queen defeated Joey Gez ($5.60) by five lengths, with three quarters of a length to third placed Iron Brian ($15.30). Ruby Ha Ha picked up the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the first semi-final of The Great Chase over 460 metres. Coming from box three at $9.70, the Robert Neocleous trained chaser saluted by a half length over Nino Fields ($19.10), with Bad Company ($2.80 fav) collecting third money, five and a quarter lengths in arrears. Ruby Ha Ha, a daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Paddy’s Meika, owned by the Neomc Syndicate, returned the new PB time of 25.92. Path To Vegas collected the GOBIS Bonus by taking out the second semi-final of The Great Chase over 460 metres. Rated at $6.10 out of box three, the son of Path To Power and Runway Model scored by a length and a quarter over Godsend ($2.70 fav), with Vee Ate Mate ($10.60) two lengths back in third spot. A winner of six of his seven starts, Path To Vegas is owned by the You Know It Company Syndicate and was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Paul Westerveld. The Scott Holmes trained Witch’s Potion completed the double for Paul by clocking 25.96 to score in the third semi-final of The Great Chase over 460 metres and collect the GOBIS Bonus. The daughter of Meticulous and Magical Potion came from box seven at $3.50 to lead throughout and score by a neck over Miracle Dice ($18.00), with Everywhere ($8.90) three and a half lengths further astern. Arnie’s Girl took time honours over the 400 metres by registering the new PB of 22.75 to take out the Mixed 4th/5th Grade. Exiting the four trap at $8.00, the David Curtain trained sprinter beat her kennelmate Enhanced ($2.80) by a length, with Aston Jobson ($2.50 fav) coming in third, a length and a quarter away. Arnie’s Girl, a daughter of Schwartzanager and Why Not Gillian, owned by Gerard Masterson, has scored in 16 of her 42 outings.
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BOSSY BETTY took out heat one of the itches Mixed 4th/5th Grade over 350 metres at Healesvilleon Sunday, November 13. Sent to box five at $17.80, the Max Cowling owned and trained chaser got there by a neck over Arolok Lady ($3.80), with Flying Pieces ($3.40 fav) three lengths back in third spot. Bossy Betty, a daughter of Where’s Pedro and Chiki Boss, returned the time of 19.44. Free Dream posted 19.23 to take out heat three of the Bitches Mixed 4th/5th Grade over 350 metres. Rated at $3.40 out of box four, the black sprinter scored by three and three quarter lengths over Cheeky Alouette ($29.60), with Scant Regard ($10.40) three lengths further afield. Free Dream, a daughter of Meticulous and Who’s Girl, is trained by Ken Sweeney for the Marlie Syndicate. Northern Trouble took time honours over the 350 metres by recording 19.21 to land the fourth heat of the Bitches Mixed 4th/5th Grade over 350 metres. Sent to box seven at $5.20, the daughter of Primo Uno and Northern Shadow defeated Roma Knows
Good to see Max Cowling’s grand campaigner, Bossy Betty back on song, scoring from Arolok Lady in 19.44 at Healesville on Sunday. After 84 starts for just four wins, at least you can’t say the Kew resident hasn’t had a go, as the Bossy Betty first graced the track at Geelong on November 27, 2009. - all pics courtesy Clint Anderson of Blue Stream Pictures ($1.80 fav) by four and three quarter lengths, with Ruby Arcade ($8.80) three quarters of a length further adrift.
A winner of eight of her 49 starts, Northern Trouble, owned by Ron Smith, was the first leg of a winning double for trainer, Florence Alister. The Terry Moore owned Bomber Pride completed the double for Florence by running 19.68 to take out heat seven of the 350 metres Maiden. The son of Return The King and Kickalong Doll came from box one at
$4.50 to greet the Judge a length and a quarter in advance of Vae Victus ($3.00 fav), with Straalen ($19.60) collecting the skinny end of the prize, three quarters of a length back. Hardaway Master took out the final of the Veterans Special Event over 350 metres. Wearing the red vest as favourite at $2.80, the James Reddoch trained
chaser scored by a length and three quarters over Jasmen Babe ($5.10), with Seismic White ($17.60) the next to arrive, three quarters of a length away. Hardaway Master, a son of Bombastic Shiraz and Ice Blast, owned by the Down Under Wonder Syndicate, stopped the clock at the new PB time of 19.47. - Darryl Embling
At his 12th raceday appearance, Bluey’s Luck opened his account in runaway fashion in a Maiden heat at Healesville’s Don Road layout last weekend, defeating Redwood Lady in 20.82.
Ray Henness prepares odds-on pop, Hartman, a Maiden heat winner on Sunday’s Healesville card, clocking 19.65 over 350 metres.
Franklin Gemini after winning a heat of the Maiden in 19.87 was pictured with her mentor, Gaetano Rossin and his family. Page 70 – National Greyhound Form, Thursday, November 17th, 2011
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