2014 Group One Topgun Preview

All eyes will be on The Meadows tomorrow night for the 22nd running of the Group One Topgun, which will see eight of the country’s best greyhounds chasing top honours and the $150,000 winner’s cheque.

The Wheeler family have won the last three Topgun’s and will be looking to make it four in a row with Adelaide Cup winner Allen Deed, who’s drawn perfectly in box seven. Trained by Andrea Dailly, the son of Jarvis Bale and Greta Bale isn’t blessed with early toe but has a massive motor and will to win. He has been clocking slick times in his recent starts against top company and is currently the $2.80 favourite with Sportingbet to land the cash.

Darren McDonald has two runners in the final, with Keybow in box two and Awesome Project in box six.

Keybow is a good beginner and has an exceptional record from the two alley, but hasn’t been seen on the track for a while and this is not an easy assignment. However, there is no doubt that McDonald wouldn’t race him unless he was 100% fit. He should be fresh and ready to go.

Awesome Project will face a tough task from box six being only a moderate beginner. He is a very fast animal but will need plenty of luck from the green.

Jeff Britton also has two runners in the final with Group One winner’s Oakvale Destiny and Mepunga Hayley.

Oakvale Destiny is another slow beginner but she is drawn well in the three and should be able to find the fence early on. With plenty of field sense she could certainly run into the money if she can position herself well in the early stages.

Following the scratching of Flash Reality, Mepunga Hayley gains a start in the field and, unless there are further scratchings, she will jump from box four. That isn’t a bad alley for her as she has a slow beginner on her inside and will hold a good line to the first turn. She is hit and miss at the start but she really pings the lids when she gets her timing right.

Tassie has it’s first Topgun representative with Buckle Up Wes drawn box five. He has a perfect two from two at The Meadows including a brilliant win in this year’s Group One Australian Cup. He has good pace once he hits the ground and will make his presence felt if he is left alone in the first few strides after box rise.

NSW rounds off the field with Chica Destacada drawn along the rail and Zipping Willow drawn in the pink.

Little Chica is a pocket rocket and can explode from the traps, she will relish the draw. She has been a little flat since winning the National Sprint at Cannington but has had a freshen up since then and will just need to step well to be in with a winning chance.

Zipping Willow is probably the state’s best bitch. She has a good record from out wide but this is tough company and she will really need to burn in the early stages to be close to the lead around the first turn. It will be a big challenge but she is more than capable on her night.

Let’s have a look at each runner’s stats and hear what the trainers have to say:

Box 1
Race Odds
$8.00
Heat Replay
Chica Destacada
Trainer
Doreen Drynan
Owner
Dee and Pee Syndicate
Prizemoney
$131,865
Last 10 Starts
6256311156
29 Months Black Bitch by Cosmic Rumble Eluthra
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4709 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 11 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
39% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Doreen Drynan (Trainer) – “When you are in a race like this having box one is an advantage, but you have got to be able to use it. She is going well, she is trialling well and she is feeling fit and ready to go. We are just hoping for luck because in a field like this you have got to have luck, that’s for sure.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 2
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
K Lean
Prizemoney
$306,635
Last 10 Starts
7122414153
34 Months Black Dog by Take
The Kitty
Key
Exit
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $9582 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 14 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 2 1
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 7 2 0
Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He’s drawn a good box, he just hasn’t had the racing that you sometimes need in these big races, not by choice. He is very fit and he is very well so we are just hoping more than anything, it’s a hard race.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 30.81 (5th) 5.03 5.22
Box 3
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
Oakvale Destiny
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
N Wilson
Prizemoney
$180,525
Last 10 Starts
1153411313
27 Months Blue Bitch by Vapour
Whirl
Foot
Luce
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $6943 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
26 11 2 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “It is a good box. She is a little bit tardy early so we are hoping for a clear run through to the first corner. The best part of her race is the middle part, she shows a lot of pace once she hits the ground. I am hoping through the first corner she can find herself in a nice position.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 (3rd) 30.22 (3rd) 5.16 5.16
Box 4
Race Odds
Heat Replay
Flash Reality (SCRATCHED)
Trainer
Owner
Prizemoney
Last 10 Starts
Start Running Finish
Prizemoney Rating Rating
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
Box 5
Race Odds
$4.40
Heat Replay
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Ted Medhusrt
Owner
Johnson Sutton Syndicate
Prizemoney
$401,485
Last 10 Starts
7111121711
40 Months Black Dog by Collision Everlong
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $8364 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 29 7 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 1
Ted Medhurst (Trainer) – He is reliant on a good beginning. If he begins fairly well he has got high speed to the first peg so I don’t really think the box draw is that bad. He has just got to come out nice and use that speed.
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.74 29.74 5.04 5.04
Box 6
Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
B Canty
Prizemoney
$257,930
Last 10 Starts
1142171116
41 Months Black Dog by Collision Honour
Phase
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,057 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 26 7 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “The draw is not as good as it could be but the dog is well and is going well. If he gets the start right he can really fly.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.92 30.12 5.16 5.16
Box 7
Race Odds
$2.80
Heat Replay
Allen Deed
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
J Wheeler
Prizemoney
$187,860
Last 10 Starts
2151211621
34

Months

Blac Dog by Jarvis
Bale
Greta
Bale
Start Slow Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4581 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
41 18 10 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 5 3 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “He is drawn well, we needed him drawn out wide. We are hoping he will be in a good position going around the first turn, you can’t give dogs like this a start and a beating. He has got to be running two or three going around the first turn.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.85 30.03 5.13 5.13
Box 8
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
Zipping Willow
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Hallinan Hallinan Syndicate
Prizemoney
$158,320
Last 10 Starts
1111111172
40 Months Black Bitch by Goodesy Sirocco
Lass
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $3770 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 28 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 1 0
Jason Mackay (Trainer) – “It’s a real hard race and box eight isn’t an advantage at The Meadows, but we are happy with her. It all depends on box rise. If she nails the start I’d expect her to cross and lead at the winning post. I couldn’t be happier with her, her last few trials have been outstanding.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.11 30.11 5.23 5.32
1st Res
Race Odds
$23.00
Heart Replay
Mepunga Hayley (Box 4)
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
B Smith
Prizemoney
$188,560
Last 10 Starts
1123112545
28 Months Black Bitch by Bekim
Bale
Mepunga
Harmony
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $6734 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 12 3 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 0 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 0 0
Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “Box four is probably good for her, she likes the middle of the track. Hopefully she can jump to the front, she likes to be out on her own and she is a good front runner.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.79 29.79 5.06 5.06
2nd Res
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
M Jones
Prizemoney
$116,375
Last 10 Starts
1112111151
32 Months Black Dog by Turanza
Bale
Flamenco
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2984 Rating 75
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 19 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
49% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 0 3
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARG Comments: “More than handy chaser who demolished the Canberra track record recently in a heat of the Group Three Canberra Cup before returning the following week for a dominant win in the final. Hit and miss at the start but could figure in the finish if he gets a start.”
Best Casino Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 30.21 (2nd) 5.13 5.25

An intriguing race, I think the inside pair hold the key. Both are terrific beginners on their night and if either bounce on the bunny they can set up a big enough break to snare the prize.

I will go with Keybow for the simple reason that he has plenty of experience around the track. I think Buckle Up Wes will be nice and fresh and can win if he gets a clear run. Allen Deed is well boxed but can’t give this field too much of a start.

Tips:
2. Keybow
5. Buckle Up Wes
7. Allen Deed
1. Chica Destacada