Angle Park Preview - 28th July 2022
TELLING THE TAIL by The Shadow
We have had several good weeks on the punt so let's hope we can back a few more here tonight and end the Month on a high, it looks like a tricky 12-event card and as usual, all races are Trifecta and First Four events.
Race 1 - The Kim Johnstone kennel has been in fine form of late and they can kick start the night with a win with Velocity Teller, she can kick up early from the good draw and will take beating. Irwin Bale along with Highly Praised are trifecta chances. Box Up 220.127.116.11
Race 2 - This is the Maiden of the night and with three first starters the market will be our best guide, I have plucked Victa Marli out in the Rasmussen kennel, she could show up. Dashing Deb has the experience on her side with four starts and is well drawn. Box Up 18.104.22.168
Race 3 - Handy event here and we will go with Mallee Magic who was placed at Sandown last run and has a fantastic record here with 9 wins from his 15 starts. Sunset Toxic is the danger, he has won his past two here and has an early pace. Victa Reid is very strong and is more than capable of showing up. Box up 22.214.171.124
Race 4 - This certainly is a wide open affair with a lot of early pace, Spring High Low is our selection here as he has won here at both his runs and is a chance of leading. Southbound is a handy pup who can handle the wide draw, he is amongst the better chances. Add Finniss Redeem who will be doing his best work late. Box Up 126.96.36.199
Race 5 - We step up over the 595M here and Fantastic Dixie ran on strongly here last run to finish 2nd over this trip, she has early pace and is right in this. Fired Up Finn has been racing well with three wins from his last four and looks a threat. Add Locked who was a last start Gawler winner over the 643M. Box Up 188.8.131.52
Race 6 - Hushing Dusk has only had the three runs here in SA and was placed here last week over this trip, she has her chance from the good draw here tonight to break through. Aces are Trumps is my best each way of the night, he only needs an ounce of luck early from the draw to sit on the pace early to give this a shake. Impress Us along with Wizardry Things for the First Four. Box Up 184.108.40.206
Race 7 - He’s All Purpose has been in terrific form winning his past two at Murray Bridge in quick times, he has a great record here and has the pace to lead. Scorching Sun will be running on as usual and is well drawn. Sister Roberta has the pace to cross from the wide draw and finish in the money. Box up 220.127.116.11
Race 8 - If you are thinking of having a crack at a First Four tonight this is the race to do it in, there are a heap of chances and it should have a handy dividend at the end. Dakota Roxy has been in form winning her past two here and with her early pace is amongst the better chances. Redeem A Prize has been in the money at her last five on four different tracks, she will be getting home hard. Charlee’s Misty and Sutton Sandy both have early pace and can figure ( the other four are also chances and worth boxing up as a separate bet ) Box Up 18.104.22.168
Race 9 - Rushes Raw was impressive in his heat in the Champion Puppy when winning in 30.48, he struggled in the Final but will find this more to his liking and will take beating. Whiskey Soda is well boxed and is right in the mix again, she can kick up and will be running on. Yankee Costanza and Cobalt Missile for the First Four. 22.214.171.124
Race 10 - We are over the 730M here and we can’t go past Bedrock Fred, he has been in outstanding form here and interstate and should win easy but will be VERY SHORT. Mr. Ibrox is the danger. Trifecta for $1 126.96.36.199
Race 11 - The Murray kennel have a handy one with Powder Finger, he has won his past two here over the 595M and drops back to the 530M here and looks very hard to beat. Canya Razor is well drawn as is Teddy The Bear. Box Up 188.8.131.52
Race 12 - Fantastic Keary has the good draw and can send us home on a winning note, he has won three of his last four and is our top pick. Cut The Line is the danger, he was very impressive 1st up here in SA when winning at Murray Bridge up the straight. John Dutton is a strong performer who only needs luck early to show up. Box Up 184.108.40.206
Race 7, No. 4 - He’s All Purpose
Race 9, No. 7 - Rushes Raw
Race 12, No. 1 - Fantastic Keary
Best Each way
Race 6, No. 5 - Aces Are Trumps
The Boy from the Bush gives his selections for tonight’s excellent night of racing at Angle Park tonight.
First 4 selections –
Race 1: 8,2,1,7
Race 2: 1,7,8,4
Race 3: 8,4,1,2
Race 4: 8,7,1,5
Race 5: 4,7,3,2
Race 6: 1,6,5,4
Race 7: 4,8,1,2
Race 8: 8,2,6,1
Race 9: 7,2,1,8
Race 10: 5,7,1,3
Race 11: 4,5,8,1
Race 12: 7,1,5,4
Best Bets: Race 8, No. 8 - Spring Agatha
Best Bets: Race 9, No. 7 - Rushes Raw
Each-Way: Race 11, No. 4 - Powder Finger
ANGLE PARK THURSDAY (City A)
Next week's Angle Park Thursday meeting features –
$5,595 State Heats 2022 National Sprint Championship-530m ($14,275 Final 11/8. Nat Final @ Wentworth Park NSW Saturday 27/8)
$5,595 Free For All (N/P)– 595m (Grade 5 greyhounds will be included unless trainers advise otherwise)
$2,465 Open Maiden – 530m
$3,785 SA Bred Grade 5 – 530m
$6,320 Open – 730m
Nominations close Monday 1st August with GRSA at 9.00 am
STOUT MONELLI CHASING THE VICTORIAN NATIONAL DISTANCE TITLE
After a successful Victorian campaign, SA owned by Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman, sprinting star Stout Monelli will continue racing in Victoria under the care of David Geall. Stout Monelli has had great success stepping back up to the middle distances winning the Group 2 McKenna Memorial at Sandown over the 595m and then taking care of highly touted Collinda Patty over 650m at Warrnambool, he now steps up to the 715m at Sandown tonight in race 4 drawn box 6 at 6.45 pm. His target is now the Victorian Final of the National Distance series at Sandown on Thursday 11th August. Due to domiciliary conditions and the amount of time Stout Monelli has spent being trained in Victoria he is eligible for that state's feature event.
NATIONAL STRAIGHT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS – TWO HEATS ON TUESDAY
There will be two SA heats of the National Straight Track Championships at Murray Bridge this Tuesday with a terrific lineup assembled for this feature series. To be run over the 350m (races 7 & 8) heat 1 will see He’s On Fire for Tim Richards against Winner’s Win for Ben Rawlings and Arch Of Daisy’s for Yvonne King. While in heat 2, I’m Gifted Too for Ben Rawlings will clash with Dash Home for Wendy Sebastyan and Toby West for Adam Manton, let all the other competitors. The first 4 from each heat will progress through to the $14,275 final ($10,000 to the winner) on Tuesday 9th August.
The first two dogs past the post in the SA final will represent the SA at the National Championships against greyhounds from QLD, NSW and VIC. The National Straight Track Championship Final will be held at Richmond on Saturday morning, 29th of August –with the winner receiving $25,000.
2022 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NEW SOUTH WALES – SPRINT NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON MONDAY
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 of 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 for the sprint will close at the normal time with GRSA which will be at 9 am 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 for the Sprint.
To remain consistent with other states the Distance will refer to the date of the one-off final so it will be Wednesday, 25th May 2022.
• Nominations this year for the distance will close at the normal time with GRSA which will be at 9 am on Monday, 8th August
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.
• Nominations for Round 1 close with GRSA which will be at 9am on Wednesday, 10th August
TAB MATCH RACE CHALLENGE – SA TAKES ON THE ALL-STARS IN SEPTEMBER
South Australia will again conduct the annual Match Race Challenge in September, to be held on Thursday, 22nd September during the rich Adelaide Cup Carnival. Previously conducted as a State of Origin Series between SA and Victorian greyhounds, this was changed last year to an Allstars edition due to Covid and the linking of feature races with Victoria being unavailable.
After liaising with GRV and due to a change in the feature race programming and conditions, the linking of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup with Victorian events is not available this year. Also, the Million Dollar Chase which was programmed on top of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup has been changed to an earlier timeslot giving SA’s prestigious event much-needed clear air on the racing calendar.
To ensure that Angle Park TAB Match Race Challenge attracts the best greyhounds possible, GRSA has kept the conditions of the series the same as last year to be “SA TAKES ON THE ALL-STARS”. It will be four (4) SA greyhounds taking on the four (4) best nominated greyhounds from anywhere in Australia.
GRSA will still guarantee the winner of the TAB Match Race Challenge direct entry into the $100,000 to the winner Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final on Friday, 7th October (bypassing the Adelaide Cup Heats).
Nominations close at 9 am on Monday, 19th September with GRSA.
Conditions of the TAB Match Race Challenge – SA TAKES ON THE ALL-STARS:
Eligibility as to who represents South Australia or All-Stars will be based around the National Championships domiciliary clause. Greyhounds need to be trained in the state they wish to represent for 76 days out of the last 150 days prior to the date that nominations close (19th September).
The best four (4) greyhounds nominated from SA will be selected by the GRSA Grader to represent “SA’s Best”. The best four (4) greyhounds nominated from Interstate will be selected by the GRSA Grader to represent “the All-Stars”.
The Grader will use whatever information he has available to select those greyhounds including liaising with other State bodies as required. The SA Grader’s decision will be final.
Those greyhounds not selected from Interstate will be given the opportunity to solo trial or race in another event on the night. Reserves will be declared, with one (1) from SA and one (1) from Interstate (dependant on nominations), which will replace the SA or All-Stars representative as required. For example, the SA reserve will only replace an SA scratching.
The Grader will rate the four (4) greyhounds from SA and the four (4) from Interstate in order from 1 to 4, with No.1 being the highest rated greyhound from each group. The head-to-head matches will be decided by the two No.1 rated greyhounds competing against each other and then it will be 2 v 2, 3 v 3 and 4 v 4.
Prizemoney for each individual match will also reflect the seeding of greyhounds from 1 to 4, with the No.1 rated greyhound racing for the most prizemoney in the head-to-head races. However, the overall winner of the race will still be determined on actual race times run by each greyhound (to three decimal places).
Prizemoney for each pairing: • 1 v 1 – Winner $4,750, Runner Up $500 • 2 v 2 – Winner $4,500, Runner Up $500 • 3 v 3 – Winner $4,250, Runner Up $500 • 4 v 4 – Winner $4,000, Runner Up $500
Prizemoney for the overall placings for TAB Match Race Challenge (based on overall times):
• 1st – $7,500 • 2nd – $2,500 • 3rd – $1,000
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 them. 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
These Time Standards only refer to Grade 5 Masters only and NOT Mixed Masters events. When the winner of a Grade 5 Masters (Non-Penalty) runs faster than the time standard then they will have two unplaced runs at that venue over that distance in a normal graded event before being eligible for a Grade 5 master at that venue.
SATURDAY TO THURSDAY NIGHT FINALS AT ANGLE PARK
Once a fortnight GRSA will run Heats on the Saturday morning meeting at Angle Park, where they will be either (1-4 wins or 5+ wins) over the 530m and will be Non-Penalty events. The Final will be conducted as Race 1 on the Thursday night. (8-dog heats to an 8-dog final)
Trainers should be mindful that if you have a greyhound in a Heat and it qualifies for the Final that the greyhound will be ineligible to compete in the Final if it is engaged to race the day prior (Wednesday).
The next lot of Heats will be on Saturday, 6th August for 1-4 wins with the Final on Thursday, 11th August.
• Nominations for the Heats close with GRSA at 9 am on Wednesday, 3rd August.