2014 Group Two Richmond Derby Final Preview

Thirlmere trainer Mark Gatt’s runners will make up half the field in tomorrow night’s Group Two Richmond Derby final, putting the polish on four of the eight finalists, with his fastest qualifier Red Road, coming up with the coveted box one.

Gatt’s quartet were all class in each of their respective heats with victories from Ritza Raider in 30.51 and Boyce Road in d a flying 30.38. These added to Red Roads impressive 30.33. Four and a half year old Ritza Ryder secured his place in another group final and will jump from box two.

Fastest qualifier Evil Punk began brilliantly from box five last week to sizzle around the 535m distance in 30.29. Trainer James Coyle will head into the race full of confidence, after his charge came up with box three for the final.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.60
Heat Replay
 
Red Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$34,340
Last 10 Starts
1118181141
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Mystic Pace
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,452.86 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 10 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
71% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt: “Perfectly boxed this week, all he has to do is jump. I was pleased with his performance last week, in particular his run home and he’s drawn the best of my four chances so I just really want him to begin well.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 30.33 5.13 5.23
Box 2
Race Odds 
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Ryder
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$146,838
Last 10 Starts
5353313132
52 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Midnight Flare
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,932.08 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
76 22 13 18
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 7 1 2
Comments: Mark Gatt: “This dog is just getting better with age. He went awesome last week running second to Evil Punk in fast time and is perfectly boxed this week. I’m expecting him to go well and he will only need a bit of luck to run a cheeky race.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.47 30.47 5.40 5.40
Box 3
Race Odds
 $4.20
Heat Replay
 
Evil Punk
Trainer
James Coyle
Owner
James Coyle
Prizemoney
$55,810
Last 10 Starts
1822212321
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Punk Angel
Start Fast Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,468.68 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 10 9 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 6 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Comments: James Coyle: “I’m stoked with how good he’s going at the moment. He has an unbeaten record at Richmond and I’m expecting him to go well again in this race. His early speed is very important in a race like this and I just hope he can get a clear run and get through the race safely.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.29 30.29 5.24 5.24
Box 4
 Race Odds
 $26.00
Heat Replay
 
Manyana Groper
Trainer
Syd Swain
Owner
William Mulligan
Prizemoney
$15,945
Last 10 Starts
6144164462

34 Months

  White & Blue Brindle   Dog   by   Knocka Norris Speedy Cadillac
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $549.83 Rating 75
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 8 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 41%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 0
Comments: (Trainer Unavailable): Made up a lot of ground last week from box eight to finish second behind fastest qualifier Red Road in 30.33. Clocked a solid time of 30.65 and despite he’s lack of early speed, this dog really finds the line well and will be doing so again.
Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.65 30.65 5.39 5.39
Box 5
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Boyce Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$22,590
Last 10 Starts
1311414551
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Mystic Pace
Start Fair Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,411.88 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 10 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
63% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments:  Mark Gatt: “He was great last week, showed really good speed to get through a squeeze at the first turn and I was happy with his finish as well. The box I think will suit him and I hope he can get a clear run because he can definitely win this. I would like to see him jump a bit better.”


Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.38 30.38 5.32 5.33
Box 6
Race Odds
 $13.00
Heat Replay
 
Romantic Affair
Trainer
Mario Abela
Owner
M Abela & Ptns
Prizemoney
$29,010
Last 10 Starts
5211233532
43 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Romantic Diva
Start Good Running Middle Good N/A
Prizemoney Rating $1,160.40 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 10 6 6
Strike Rates
Win 40% Place 88%
   
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 3 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: (Trainer Unavailable): Ran a solid race last week to finish second behind Ritza Raider in 30.51. Still posted a fast time of 30.61, however has drawn awkwardly this week and is surrounded by early speedsters. Can go well with the right run. 

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.61 30.61 5.34  
Box 7
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
 
Calamity Trigger
Trainer
Michael Eberand
Owner
Tony Driver
Prizemoney
$8,200
Last 10 Starts
1347342142
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Thousand Kisses
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $328 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 4 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 56%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0
Comments: Michael Eberand: “He’s improving every week which is pleasing. i was really happy with his performance last week and now he’s just starting to come good. I think he has the pace to run a good race and I’m just really happy to be in a final like this.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.59 30.59 5.33 5.33
Box 8
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Raider
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$18,665
Last 10 Starts
1223361231
28 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Midnight Flare
Start Moderate Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,097.94 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 7 4 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 94%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 4 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt: “I was very happy with his run last week. He began terrific from box eight and I’m glad he’s drawn there again, because he seems to like it. Obviously there’s a lot of speed on the inside of him, but with the right run, he can go well.”

Best Richmond Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.47 30.51 5.27 5.27

The winner will take home $40,000 for connections, with many of these greyhounds set for the $250,000 Group One Golden Easter Egg series next month at Wentworth Park.

The final will jump at 9.26pm EDST.