Angle Park Preview - 21st July 2022
TELLING THE TAIL by The Shadow
Tonight here at headquarters we have the final of the 2022 Champion Puppy worth $10,000 to the winner (race 8 on the card ), we also have three 595m races and we open the night with a 730m event. As always all races are Trifecta and First Four events.
Race 1 - We start the night with a distance affair and Bedrock Fred has returned from his very successful interstate campaign and is the one to beat here, he has the pace to lead and is the one to beat. The danger is Beck’s Monelli who was a last start winner here. 184.108.40.206 for $1
Race 2 - This is the 1st of the 595m events and Fantastic Dixie is our pick here, she has the early pace to cross from the wide draw and will take beating. Dashing Wilma can kick up on the fence and hasn’t been that far away in recent runs, she will be right in the mix again. Add Hushing Dusk for the Trifecta. Box Up 220.127.116.11
Race 3 - Spring Agatha has the form on the board, she has wins here and at Murray Bridge, the early pace will help from the poor draw. Spring Lilac has a very good record here, she is another who can show dash and looks the danger. Victa Emma is drawn to run a cheeky race. Box Up 18.104.22.168
Race 4 - Sunset Toxic was an outstanding run here last week winning in 30.25 from box 3, he is the one to beat on that gallop. Fly For Trix along with Aces Are Trumps are chances as they are well drawn. Box Up 22.214.171.124
Race 5 - Victa Grosso has been very good to us in recent weeks, winning 3 of his last 5, he can jump to the front and will take beating. Run Like Jess has been racing well, he is drawn to run into the money again and has won 4 from 6 this trip. Box Up 126.96.36.199
Race 6 - This looks a good Trifecta affair as this is wide open, Lektra Teddy has been racing well and has early pace, he gets his chance in this. Zinfandel Bart is better than form suggests and must be respected. Bold Onyx will be running on. Box Up 188.8.131.52
Race 7 - Colin Swain does a very good job with his small team and Orson Katie is drawn well here to run a bold race down in box 1, she has the pace to be on the pace early and will go close. Sutton Prince has early pace and has been in good form he is the danger. Terrific Janine can run into the minors. Box Up 184.108.40.206
Race 8 - This is the final of the Champion Puppy and the draw here will help Angus Keeping who ran on well to score here in the heats from a wide draw, he has ability and will take beating. The danger is Rushes Raw who won from this draw last week in 30.48, he is racing well and is a local performer who doesn’t have to travel. Melissa Keeping and Queen Of Scotch look the First Four. Box Up 220.127.116.11
Race 9 - The main two here are the well-drawn Sister Roberta box 1 and Jax Bale, both are racing well and will be hard to beat with a clear run. Teddy The Bear won’t be disgraced as he will be running on in the small field. Box Up 18.104.22.168
Race 10 - Springvale Roxy is drawn to bounce back from her good draw of 1, she has the pace to kick up early and is very strong. Charlie Brother will be running on strongly and is a must for the Trifecta. Canya Razor along with Straight Blaze are chances for the minors. Box Up 22.214.171.124
Race 11 - John Dutton was a very good effort when running 2nd in good time here last Thursday from this draw, he will take beating on that run. Bruce Mick Glenn is the danger as he has early pace. Closer To Rain gets home hard. Box Up 126.96.36.199
Race 12 - The Ray Murray trained Harry has terrific form at Gawler and has a good strike rate here, he can send us home on a winning note. Sky And Thunder and Winner’s Win have ability but are tardy early. Box Up 188.8.131.52
Race 5, No: 3 - Victa Grosso
Race 10, No: 1 - Springvale Roxy
Race 7, No: 1 - Orson Katie
Race 6, No: 2 - Bold Onyx
First Four n the Champion Puppy Race 8
Box Up 184.108.40.206
The Boy from the Bush gives his selections for tonight’s excellent night of racing at Angle Park tonight.
First 4 selections –
Race 1: 5,3,7,1
Race 2: 2,8,4,1
Race 3: 7,8,4,1
Race 4: 2,5,7,4
Race 5: 3,2,1,4
Race 6: 7,3,4,6
Race 7: 1,7,6,3
Race 8: 1,3,8,2
Race 9: 2,1,7,4
Race 10: 1,2,5,4
Race 11: 5,1,4,8
Race 12: 5,8,7,4
Best Bet #1: Race 5, No. 3 - Victa Grosso
Best Bet #2: Race 3, No. 7 - Fabulous Ebony
Each-Way: Race 9, No. 2 - Weblec Whirl
ANGLE PARK THURSDAY (City A)
Next weeks Angle Park Thursday meeting features –
$3,585 Six Fastest Forward (5+ Wins) Final – 530m (Heats Saturday 23/7/22. N/P Selected from Worst to Best of this category. Final field will be a 6-dog field plus reserves, comprising of the greyhounds running the fastest times in the Heats, regardless of their finishing position in those Heats. Race 1 on the program)
$2,465 Maiden – 530m
$3,585 Grade 5 Bitches – 530m
$3,260 Juvenile – 530m
$4,240 Mixed – 595m
$6,320 Open – 730m
Nominations close Monday 25th July with GRSA at 9.00am.
2022 FRESH PET FOOD CO CHAMPION PUPPY FINAL TONIGHT
After three exciting heats were conducted last Thursday night at Angle Park we have an outstanding Champion Puppy final tonight.
The first heat last week was taken out by the Ben Rawlings trained Yankee Costanza who led throughout defeating Melissa Keeping and Lektra Teddy in a handy 30.89. In the second heat Angus Keeping for Emily Azzopardi too the lead midrace for a strong win defeating Fifty Eight and Queen Of Scotch in a solid 30.71. In the final heat Rushes Raw for Kim Johnstone was impressive defeating Monique Keeping and Finniss Redeem in a flying 30.48 when he was able to lead throughout.
The $14,275 Champion Puppy final will be run at 9.20pm (SA time) and will be race 8 on the program with full coverage on Sky Racing 1.
The box draw for the 2022 Champion Puppy final was conducted on track last week:
1. Angus Keeping Emily Azzopardi
2. Fifty Eight Don Turner
3. Queen Of Scotch Tony Rasmussen
4. Melissa Keeping Emily Azzopardi
5. Monique Keeping Emily Azzopardi
6. Yankee Costanza Ben Rawlings
7. Finniss Redeem Lauren Harris
8. Rushes Raw Kim Johnstone
9. Lektra Teddy (1st Res) SCR
10. Dashing Deb (2nd Res) SCR
Previous winners -
1981 GALOA GIRL P. HAILES
1982 CANADIAN QUEEN M. HUDSON
1983 FEAR THE FIRE B. WYMAN
1984 THUNDERING TWO G. MELLOR
1985 HI THERE KID J. FAGAN
1986 RON’S GIFT S. LANGLOIS
1987 BLUE NONSENSE J. WHYTE
1988 SPEED ROW C. WACHTEL
1989 MASTER BUG J. McNICHOLL
1990 GOLD RAIDER K. GILL
1991 RED REGION D. LEWIS
1992 HEAD HONCHO L. KETELAAR
1993 TAP TO THAT D. JOHNSTONE
1994 CLOVALLEY NICK G. CONNELL
1995 BLUE VOLCANO B. LELLMANN
1996 BACHELOR BEN R. MURRAY
1997 GIVE ME GLORY R. BUDD
1998 PRISTINE BALE C. WACHTEL
1999 BRYNMORE BALE C. WACHTEL
2000 THUNDERLITE K. JOHNSTONE
2001 BOOMEROO M. EDWARDS
2002 BRAAKENSIEK C. WACHTEL
2003 LION HEARTED K. CORBY
2004 STORM BUDDY W. SEBASTYAN
2005 BOTHING B. STAMENKOVIC
2006 KC’S MAJESTIC S. JOHNSON
2007 RUMFORD REASON P. BARRY
2008 QUINTON BALE S. MATCOTT
2009 CHLOE ALLEN S. COLLINS
2010 WIKENA K. CORBY
2011 PURE INSTINCT
2012 SOMETIMES SPEEDY
2013 ERNIE BUNG ARROW K. GILL
2014 GUN MCBAIN T. KELLY
2015 ASTON ECLIPSE T. MURRAY
2016 OPTIC BLAST A. VERHOEF
2017 RHYNSTONE TEDDY S. ELLIS
2018 VICTA CALEB M. GINIOTIS
2019 MISS BREAKOUT B. RAWLINGS
2020 COORONG NUGGET C. BUTCHER
2021 (GAW) BASMAN T. MURRAY
VICTA HAYDN IN GROUP 3 FINAL AT THE MEADOWS ON SATURDAY NIGHT
After a terrific third in the heats last week Victa Haydn for Tony Rasmussen has made the final of the Group 3 Fireball at the Meadows over the 730m. He has drawn box 4 in the final which is race 6 on the program worth $25,000 to the winner.
Team Rasmussen also have Jalapeno Lad in race 2 No 3 and Victa Reid in race 5 No 1 as travelling companions. Good luck on Saturday night.
2022 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW SOUTH WALES
The GCA National Championships are just around the corner. The National Finals this year will be held at Wentworth Park in NSW and are to be conducted on Saturday, 29th August.
Both the National Sprint and National Distance Finals will carry prizemoney of $75,000 to the winner.
The State series’ for SA will be held at Angle Park on Thursday, 4th August for the Sprint Heats over 530m with the State Final of the Sprint and one-off Final over 730m of the Distance on the 11th August.
In an effort to support this series ALL States will be conducting their Finals on the same night to be run within a two hour period.
• Nominations this year will close at the normal time with GRSA which will be at 9am on Monday, 1st August
A reminder to all trainers of the clause which requires a greyhound to have been domiciled in South Australia for a period of not less than 76 days out of the 150 days immediately prior to the nomination closing date to be eligible to represent SA, which going back is on Wednesday, 18th May 2022. If unsure of a greyhound’s status, please contact the GRSA grading staff.
NATIONAL STRAIGHT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS ALSO IN NSW
The National Straight Track Championship this year will be held at Richmond on Saturday morning, 29th August –with the winner receiving $25,000, so all the National Finals will be held on the same day.
This year SA will have two dogs represent the State in the series with QLD, NSW, VIC and SA challenging for the title.
To enable the Straight Track series to align with the circle and the other States our Heats will be held at Murray Bridge on Tuesday, 2nd August with our Final on Tuesday, 9th August. Prizemoney for the SA Straight track Final will be elevated to $10,000 to the winner and align with the other three States.
It is important that trainers are aware that these series’ for the circle and straight track are run at the same time so you need to be aware when nominating and the qualifying criteria.
• Nominations will close at the normal time with GRSA which will be at 9am on Thursday, 28th July
A reminder to all trainers of the clause which requires a greyhound to have been domiciled in South Australia for a period of not less than 76 days out of the 150 days immediately prior to the nomination closing date to be eligible to represent SA, which going back is on Saturday, 14th May 2022. Once again, if unsure of a greyhound’s status, please contact the GRSA grading staff.
2022 NORTH V SOUTH CHALLENGE IN AUGUST THIS YEAR
After some consultation with the Murray Bridge and Gawler Clubs, GRSA has formulated a race series that will see the North V South Challenge being conducted on an annual basis creating plenty of friendly banter amongst industry depending on where you live. Below are details of how the North V South Challenge will work for a 530m Final worth $8,000 and a 395m Final worth $4,000, to be run at Murray Bridge in August and then on rotation with Gawler over the 531m/400m every other year in July. The inaugural running will have one Heat for Gawler greyhounds and one Heat for Murray Bridge greyhounds at Murray Bridge on Sunday, 14th August, with the 530m Heats worth $2,125 each and the 395m Heats worth $1,855 for round 1. Round 2 will be at Gawler with the same greyhounds competing in one Heat for the Gawler greyhounds and one Heat for Murray Bridge greyhounds on Sunday, 21st August, with the 531m Heats worth $2,125 and the 400m Heats worth $1,855. Each Heat will consist of a maximum of 8 dogs plus reserves with the Finals run at Murray Bridge on Sunday, 28th August as an 8 dog Final plus reserves. Greyhounds will receive points through both rounds 1 and 2 to establish the 4 from each Club who will progress through to the Final. Special conditions regarding eligibility for greyhounds and trainers are included in Kennel Capers for what will hopefully be an exciting series engaging both venues and participant groups.
GOTBA COURSING DATES
GOTBA at Virginia Coursing dates until the end of their season have been released.
Sunday August 14, August 28, September 11, September 25 and October 9.
GRADING REVIEW OUTCOMES
305M MASTERS AT MOUNT GAMBIER
Time band for Mount Gambier 305m Masters-
Previously GRSA had been using a policy for Masters events at Mount Gambier utilising the 277m distance, however, we had not adjusted this for the 305m until there was sufficient racing. At the most recent Grading Review Panel meeting it was decided to make the below changes and implement. The below policy will now be implemented for meetings conducted from 1st July 2022-
305m Masters Policy for Mount Gambier – With Mount Gambier GRC conducting one 305m Grade 5 Masters race each meeting where possible, the Grading Department determined conditions for these races using some of the conditions of normal Grade 5 Masters events, however, factoring in the restricted nature of the 305m distance. If a dog wins and runs faster than 17.75, it can still remain eligible for the next week, if the dog then wins and runs faster than 17.75 again it will be ineligible for the race and distance the following week. The dog will either run over another distance or will miss that week’s race. The following week it will then be eligible. If there is no 305m Masters race the greyhound has to miss the next time that race is conducted. This only refers to the greyhounds that win.
TIME BANDS FOR MASTERS AT ANGLE PARK
Since Angle Park has been redeveloped with the new distances of 342m, 530, 595m and 730m GRSA has not allocated any times for Masters events. There subsequently has been sufficient racing at the venue for a time standard to be applied, which was approved at the most recent Grading Review Panel meeting.
The below time ratings for Masters events will now be implemented for meetings conducted from 1st July, 2022.
Time Bands are –
595m – Unlikely
730m – Unlikely