Angle Park Preview - 4th August 2022
TELLING THE TAIL by The Shadow
How good is tonight’s racing here at headquarters, we have two heats of the 2022 National Sprint races (5 and 6) and a top-quality 730M event race 3, the other 8 events look wide open so it should make for a good night on the punt. As always, all races are Trifecta and First Four.
Race 1 - We start the night with a wide-open affair over the 595M, the main chances look to be Impress Us who won here last start from box 8, he has been racing well and looks a chance of leading again. Fantastic Dixie gets home hard in her runs but does lack early pace. Hushing Dusk is one for the trifecta as she is knocking on the door. Box Up 18.104.22.168
Race 2 - This is the Maiden of the evening, and we will go with Shot Of Jacks who has finally drawn a decent box, he has only had the 3 runs and has drawn wide on each occasion, he gets his chance in this. Fabrizio has been placed here in the past and has an early pace. Add Vega Black along with El Banjo for the First Four. Bo Up 22.214.171.124
Race 3 - How good is this event over the 730M, there are 3 main hopes who can win, and they are well-drawn. Beck’s Monelli (1) has been in the money at her 7 runs here over this trip since crossing the border, she has an early pace and will have the early sit. Fantastic Radley returned to SA and made short work of them when winning here by over 5L last week, he is another who is yet to miss a cheque in 8 runs over this trip here. Bedrock Fred has won 4 of his last 5 two, and two interstate racing against quality opposition and normally pings the lids. Box Up 126.96.36.199
Race 4 - Fantastic Keary is my top pick here, he has won 3 of his last 5 and shows a good turn of early speed from the lids he should be hard to beat from the draw. Zipping Chew is having his 1st SA start he was placed at his previous 3 back in Victoria and must be kept safe. Add Midnight Blast who loves to run a place and has a nice draw. Box Up 188.8.131.52
Race 5 - This is the 1st of the 2022 National Sprint Heats, and I like Victa Grosso who was a last-start winner at Gawler in quick time, he goes well here and can handle the wide draw. He’s All Purpose should start the punters elect, he has been in excellent form winning his last 3 and has good box manners. Giant’s Flash can beat them both if he can be handy early, he is a strong type who has been racing well at the Mount. Box up 184.108.40.206
Race 6 - The 2nd of the Heats and Mallee Magic returned to the winners’ circle here last run, he is strong and can run quick times when on the lure. Sunset Toxic has been showing good pace from the boxes, he is the danger. Add Fly for Trix who has a good draw and Captain Larry who has been racing well at Mount Gambier. Box U 220.127.116.11
Race 7 - Tough to pick one here as they all have a chance, Whiskey Soda is my selection the worry is she can be hit and miss on box rise if she gets a clear run early, she will be amongst the better chances. Fired Up Finn has been racing well he can show the pace at times and is well drawn. Box up 18.104.22.168
Race 8 - Kruger Lass has been well travelled of late, she was a Horsham winner 3 runs back over the 485M and has been placed here since she will be right in the mix. Sutton Ranger has been in good form winning his past two here and Gawler, he looks a chance. Finnis Redeem has been placed here at his last four and can show up. Box Up 22.214.171.124
Race 9 - The Peckham kennel does plenty of miles and they have a handy one here with Aston Ziebell, he has won his last 5 over four different distances and comes to town for the 1st time, he should be hard to beat from the draw. Katanti is on debut here in SA he has mixed form prior in NSW and must be respected first up in this. Box up 126.96.36.199
Race 10 - We will go with Classic McLaren here; he is normally tardy early from lid rise but is very strong and should be able to kick up from the draw. Stranger tides have been racing well over the short and look the likely leader along with Dakota Roxy. Weblec Whirl can run a bold race with luck early. Box Up 188.8.131.52
Race 11 - Springvale Roxy can send us home on a winning note, she returned to form the last run winning from box 1 and is a chance of going straight to the front here. Scorching Sun will be getting home hard and Show Me Bucks has won two of his last 4 at this venue. Box up 184.108.40.206
Race 4, No. 2 - Fantastic Keary
Race 6, No. 8 - Mallee Magic
Race 8, No. 1 - Kruger Lass
Best Each Way
Race 5, No. 4 - Giant's Flash
Race 10, No. 2 - Classic McLaren
The Boy from the Bush gives his selections for tonight’s excellent night of racing at Angle Park tonight.
First 4 selections –
Race 1: 4,3,1,2
Race 2: 1,2,7,4
Race 3: 2,7,8,1
Race 4: 7,1,2,4
Race 5: 7,3,4,8
Race 6: 8,4,2,1
Race 7: 4,3,1,7
Race 8: 7,2,6,3
Race 9: 4,5,8,1
Race 10: 4,8,2,1
Race 11: 4,5,2,7
Best Bets: Race 1, No. 4 - Fantastic Dixie
Best Bets: Race 6, No. 8 - Mallee Magic
Each-Way: Race 10, No. 4 - Weblec Whirl
ANGLE PARK THURSDAY (City A)
Next week's Angle Park Thursday meeting features –
$14,275 State Final 2022 National Sprint Championship -530m (Heats 4/8/22)
$15,250 State Final 2022 National Distance Championship -730m (Best 8)
(National Finals: Wentworth Park NSW Saturday 27/8)
$3,260 Fastest Forward (1-4 Wins) Final – 530m (Heats Saturday 6/8/22. N/P Selected from Worst to Best of this category. The final field will be an 8-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 Open Maiden – 530m
$3,460 SA Owned Grade 6 – 530m
Nominations close Monday 8th August with GRSA at 9.00 am.
SA NATIONAL SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPS – TWO HEATS TONIGHT AT ANGLE PARK
There are two SA heats of the National Sprint Championships tonight at headquarters with some of our best and most exciting sprinters contesting this series. To be run over the 530m (races 5 & 6) heat 1 will see Victa Grosso matched up against the likes of Giant’s Flash and He’s All Purpose. While in heat 2, Mallee Magic takes on the likes of Came And Went and Sunset Toxic. The first 4 from each heat will progress through to the $14,275 final ($10,000 to the winner) on Thursday 11th August.
The box draw will be conducted on course after the running of Race 7 tonight.
SA NATIONAL DISTANCE FINAL NEXT THURSDAY NIGHT
To remain consistent with other states the National Distance final will be run next Thursday 11th August as a one-off event. Eligibility will refer to the date of the one-off final so it will be Wednesday, 25th May 2022 for the 76 days out of 150 days.
• Nominations this year for the distance will close at the normal time with GRSA which will be at 9 am on Monday, 8th August
Both the National Sprint and National Distance Finals will carry prizemoney of $75,000 to the winner.
The National Finals this year will be held at Wentworth Park in NSW and are to be conducted on Saturday, 29th August.
SA NATIONAL STRAIGHT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL AT MURRAY BRIDGE ON TUESDAY
After two heats were conducted at Murray Bridge on Tuesday the Box Draw was conducted on course for the $14,275 2022 State National Straight Track Championship SA Final over 350m this Tuesday at the Bridge. Heat winners were He’s On Fire (19.12) and Crush Your Enemy (19.40).
1. Toby West Adam Manton
2. Aces Are Trumps Bruce Lellman
3. Mepunga Grace Laurie Cahalan
4. I’m Gifted Too Ben Rawlings
5. Winner’s Win Ben Rawlings
6. Crush Your Enemy Tim Richards
7. Colden Express Jason Dolan
8. He’s On Fire Tim Richards
9. Arch Of Daisy’s (1st Res) Yvonne King
10. Dash Home (2nd Res) Wendy Sebastyan
The first two dogs past the post in the Tuesday's 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.
Previous local winners were -
2019 PANHANDLE SLIM R. MURRAY 19.18
2020 SUSPENSE K. CORBY 19.20
2021 MY NAME’S CRAIG B. RAWLINGS 19.26
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 9 am 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 All-Stars 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 on 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’s racing for the most prizemoney in the head-to-head races. However, the overall winner of the race will still be determined by 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.