2014 Group Two Healesville Cup Final Preview

Healesville plays host to the world’s richest straight track race this Sunday when the final of the 2014 Group Two Healesville Cup takes place.

Two kennels will make up half of the field this year, with Brooke Ennis (Beejay The Deejay and Size Does Matter) and Jeff Britton (El Grand Seal and Cosmic Wise) both rugging up a pair of greyhounds.

$45,000 awaits the winning connections of the 350 metre scamper that will take around 19 seconds to complete.

Size Does Matter is set to start a short priced favourite, but the box draw may well have made the race more open than it seems.

Here is a look at the 2014 field in detail with comments from connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$15.00
Heat Replay
 
Accomplished
Trainer
Peter Presutto
Owner
Ceemac Syndicate
Prizemoney
$18,160
Last 10 Starts
3721811221
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Cosmic Brigid
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $956 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 7 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Has won two from four up the straight and ran a handy 19.06 in his heat win. He will need to leave the boxes well to be a winning hope but is a smokey at double figure odds.
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.06 19.06 6.53 6.53
Box 2
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Choco Rocco
Trainer
Thomas O’Donovan
Owner
D Bartolo
Prizemoney
$16,345
Last 10 Starts
1351351331
33 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Leprechaun Chloe
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $817 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 6 1 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Impressed at massive odds in his heat win running 19.07. Is often only moderately away from the boxes and may find himself in trouble as a result. He appears to be a rough place prospect at best.
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.07 19.07 6.50 6.50
Box 3
Race Odds
$33.00
Heat Replay
 
Call Me Hank
Trainer
Gary Hansen
Owner
G Hansen
Prizemoney
$9,830
Last 10 Starts
3124132621
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane Bullicourt State
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $427 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 6 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Ran a slick 19.03 heat win from box one where he stuck to the rails like glue. He loves the track and is not the worst at massive odds.
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.03 19.03 6.48 6.48
Box 4
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Bejay The Dejay
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
M Jones
Prizemoney
$14,615
Last 10 Starts
1311311121

23 Months

  Black   Dog   by   El Grand Senor See Ya Senorita
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,329 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 7 1 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
64% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative) – “He is a really high-speed dog. He is probably only ever going to be a country cups type of greyhound, I don’t think he will do anything spectacular over 500 metres or more but to be doing what he is at his age is just terrific.”
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.10 19.10 6.48 6.52
Box 5
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Zambora Storm
Trainer
Graham Whitford
Owner
Lanigan Thomson Syndicate
Prizemoney
$32,410
Last 10 Starts
5247236711
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite Secret Powers
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $705 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
46 17 11 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 2 0
Comments: Matt Lanigan (Owner) – “It is a very hot field, Size Does Matter crashed hard to the rail in his quickest heat win last week so that is a worry for us. If we can jump well enough and avoid trouble he will be right in it at the finish, he loves the Healesville track.”
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.01 19.01 6.52 6.52
Box 6
Race Odds
$1.90
Heat Replay
 
Size Does Matter
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Brooke Ennis
Prizemoney
$26,865
Last 10 Starts
2141121311
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale Size It Up
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,168 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 12 4 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Comments: Jamie Ennis (Kennel Representative) – “I originally bought him as more of a 500 metre Group type dog but I have just been keeping him fresh and running him over the sprints. He is loving it and really wants to be there right now. He is coming out of the boxes and I even said to Reggie Kay that it is what had been his biggest problem early in his career, but he seems to be improving now. I wouldn’t swap him for any other dog in the final but if anything is going to beat him, it will be having to get across from box six.”
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
18.94 18.94 6.49 6.49
Box 7
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
 
El Grand Seal
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Patchers Syndicate
Prizemoney
$25,870
Last 10 Starts
1121422151
32 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   El Grand Senor Sealin’ The Deal
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,232 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 11 5 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Comments: Angela Langton (Kennel Representative) – “She looks boxed well considering the way the six crashed last week, we just hope she can come out well and use the box.”
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.29 19.29 6.65 6.65
Box 8
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
 
Cosmic Wise
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Brona Lane Racing Syndicate
Prizemoney
$72,210
Last 10 Starts
2247128541
36 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Chief Wise Penny
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,416 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
51 15 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 3 3
Comments: Angela Langton (Kennel Representative) – “She probably wants the fence, that whole litter tend to prefer the rails. She is a good little straight track dog, we have a straight at home and she loves it, she will be running on, I just hope she stays away from our other one.”
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.18 19.18 6.53 6.53
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
 
Swagzilla
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
A Tindall
Prizemoney
$6,365
Last 10 Starts
XX1124132
24 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble Nova Surf
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $796 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Ran a huge race to go down narrowly in his heat last week. He could be a knockout chance if he gains a start.
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
19.57 19.05 6.59 6.59
2nd Res
Race Odds
$2.50
Heat Replay
 
Walk Hard
Trainer
Nicole McRae
Owner
N McRae
Prizemoney
$139,455
Last 10 Starts
1611313122
48 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bit Chili Miss Bling
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,536 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 25 13 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 8 3 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: A genuine Group performer and straight track flyer who could easily win this final if he happens to get a gig.
Best Healesville Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
18.82 19.16 6.57 6.65

Size Does Matter (6) looks to have the race at his mercy if he can begin like last week and get a clear run to the rail. The danger is where he will find himself should he be away a little tardily.

Beejay The Deejay (4) has terrific speed and is another who will look for the fence. If he gets there he will be looking to hang on late as the fast finishers set out after him.

El Grand Seal (7) may be given some room early and has her share of early toe.

Call Me Hank (3) is at massive odds and has a penchant for the track.

Zambora Storm (5) is another who loves the track and will be charging home at the business end of proceedings.