2014 Group Two Victorian Distance Final Preview

When the lids fly for the Group Two AWM Victorian Distance Final at The Meadows on Saturday night, eight greyhounds will not only vie for the $40,000 first prize and the tag of Victoria’s champion stayer.

For one greyhound, Saturday evening’s final is also the opportunity to etch her name into Australian greyhound racing immortality. Should Xylia Allen win the race, she will become the greatest prizemoney earner in the history of the sport in Australia and she will start a very short priced favourite to do so.

Here is a look at the field in detail;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.30
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$682,175.00
Last 10 Starts
1411111111
39 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale Tayah Bale
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,475.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
72 36 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 7 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – The champion sprinter/stayer who looks to surpass Miata as Australia’s greatest stakes earner of all time in this race. She was dominant in her heat win and is drawn to take this race out. She will take a power of beating here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.47 42.47 4.88 5.06
Box 2
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Maggie
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan Syndicate
Prizemoney
$23,865.00
Last 10 Starts
5513121182
26 Months   Dark Brindle   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale Natalie Rass
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,705.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 6 3 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
43% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A youngster who pushed Mepunga Tiara all the way in her heat placing. She is an up-and-comer who could well be a top-line stayer of the future but looks graded up to her ears here. Her place claims look best.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.83 5.12 5.12
Box 3
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Lethal Three
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Trident Syndicate
Prizemoney
$51,725.00
Last 10 Starts
8516382532
33 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Velocette Flushed
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,398.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 8 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 54%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – She is a seasoned top-class campaigner who ran home well in her heat placing behind Xylia Allen and looms as a rough chance in the final. She will need to be even better to salute here and is likely to need a little bit of luck at the first turn.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 42.73 5.06 5.13
Box 4
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Dyna Willow
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Brendan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$239,610.00
Last 10 Starts
1271311142

37 Months

  Red Brindle   Bitch   by  

Collision

Horizon Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5.098.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 19 7 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 2 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 0 0
Comments: Tammy Collins (Kennel Representative) – She will definitely be better for the run after last week. She has pulled up well. It is a bad box again for her. Xylia Allen will be the one to beat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.16 43.20 4.52 N/A
Box 5
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Joe
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Brad Canty
Prizemoney
$62,260.00
Last 10 Starts
2531111331
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz Or Catra
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,448.00 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 17 8 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 0 3
Comments: ARG opinion is – He is very strong conveyance that is likely to need to find a little bit of room early to allow him to unleash his withering run home. He overcame a slight inconvenience early to still score last week in his heat but will need to be quicker to win this one.

 

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
43.00 43.00 N/A N/A
Box 6
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
B Smth
Prizemoney
$74,390.00
Last 10 Starts
2132532241
31 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy Mepunga Opal
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,254.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
33 8 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
Comments: Jeff Britton (Trainer) – “She is going to have her work cut out. You used to think Xylia Allen could be beaten if she had to come from behind but now Xylia Allen is coming from behind and winning. The dog outside mine loves the fence and crashes to the fence. She will have to get out well to beat him out. We would be really happy if she could run a place.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.72 42.72 4.92 4.92
Box 7
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Arejay Smokey
Trainer
Bob Iredale
Owner
Boblex Syndicate
Prizemoney
$34,057.00
Last 10 Starts
2114371533
29 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Collision Galactic Diamond
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $851.00 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 8 6 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
20% 58%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – He is a reliable beginner who has a good record from outside draws. The key to his race will be where he finds himself after the first turn. He looks to be a genuine outsider here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.07 4.98 4.98
Box 8
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Rory
Trainer
Bethany Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan Syndicate
Prizemoney
$23,995.00
Last 10 Starts
7411331133
29 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad Cho Chang
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,200.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 8 2 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – He can fly the lids at his best and carve out some very rapid times. If he is in front early he may take a power of catching. He is still learning what the game is all about and faces a tough test here but could be the knockout at big odds.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
42.17 42.93 4.53 5.00
1st Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heart Replay
 
Galloping Rocky
Trainer
Robert Conway
Owner
R Conway
Prizemoney
$39,600.00
Last 10 Starts
1885672513
34 Months   White and Black   Bitch   by   Vapour Whirl Disruption
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $638.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
62 10 9 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
16% 44%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: She led easily before struggling over the concluding stages in her heat placing. She will need luck to feature if she jags a start in this final.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.21 5.05 N/A
2nd Res
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Liara Allen
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$54,955.00
Last 10 Starts
1548761174
31 Months   Fawn   Bitch   by   Surf Lorian Spiral Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,446.00 Rating 79
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 10 4 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: She looks to be a little out of her depth in this final if she gains a start. I would prefer to see her in something easier at this stage of her career.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 43.16 5.11 5.11

Champion bitch Xylia Allen (1) looks to have the race at her mercy if she can produce her best. If she is parked anywhere near the speed or afforded a good run in transit she should be winning.

Mepunga Tiara (6) looks to be back to her devastating best and will be a force to be reckoned with if she pinches a break in front.

Dyna Willow (4) found trouble in her heat and is second up since April. If she is in the top couple early she could blow this field away at her best.

Zipping Rory (8) has ran time at The Meadows before and could be a rough chance if he can find the front.

Lethal Three (3) is always thereabouts in races like this. She may not be the genuine Group Two winning type but will keep them honest and is one for the exotics.