2014 Group One Association Cup Preview

The two fastest greyhounds to ever grace the 720 metre journey at Wentworth Park are set to go toe-to-toe in the final of the 2014 Group One Association Cup this Saturday night.

Xylia Allen, who caused a sensation last week by smashing the track record, takes on Dyna Willow, the former track record holder and a winner of six from seven at the circuit.

Six other worthy adversaries join the super-star duo in a quest for not only the $75,000 first prize, but the privilege of being etched into greyhound racing immortality on an honour roll that includes names like Zoom Top, Travel Rev and Miata.

Here is how the field shapes up and how the trainers assess their hopes;

Box 1
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 

Paua To Roar

Trainer

Steven White

Owner

S White & K White

Prizemoney
$4,320.00
Last 10 Starts

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19 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Head Bound

Paua To Erupt

Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,160.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0

Comments: Steven White (Trainer) -“He is well boxed and he has got plenty of pace. I have had some hiccups with him in the last six weeks with tonsillitis, he has been choking up in the last bit getting to the line. I’ve taken some action against it this week and his tonsils have actually come down, they are not as inflamed as what they have been in the last five weeks, so hopefully I’ve done enough to get him over the line. He can run really good sections.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.03 29.95 5.35 5.45
Box 2
Race Odds 
$9.00
Heat Replay
 

Zipping Weston

Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$4,435.00
Last 10 Starts

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24 Months   Black   Dog   by  

Smooth Fancy

Navigator Miss

Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,478.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Moderate beginner with a massive motor. Given a clear run to the first turn, he could blow them away.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.62 30.30 5.50 5.58
Box 3
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
 
Brasko Kahn
Trainer
Jason Magri
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$4,830.00
Last 10 Starts
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20 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Mantra Style
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,415.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Very fast conveyance who has mixed box manners in his two starts to date. Will be a major player if he steps well.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.86 29.86 5.46 5.46
       
Box 4
 Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Bruno
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$8.040.00
Last 10 Starts
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24 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Smooth Fancy

Navigator Miss

Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,680.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Another moderate beginner with a very strong run home. Needs some space early and will be hoping for luck from the squeeze box.


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.81 29.81 5.52 5.52
Box 5
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Organic Choice
Trainer
Graeme Duggan
Owner
Judith Browne
Prizemoney
$1,860.00
Last 10 Starts
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26 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Goodesy Llandilo Fox
Start Good Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $372.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Reliable beginner who has not missed a place in five race starts. May lack the genuine speed to win this race and looks tested. Place chances appear best.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.34 5.45 5.45
Box 6
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 
Tommy Brislane
Trainer
Steven White
Owner
Geoffrey Slattery
Prizemoney
$7,800.00
Last 10 Starts
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19 Months   Black   Dog   by   Premier Fantasy Mary Virginia
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,900.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
100% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Steven White (Trainer) – “He is a good chance, we just hope he gets out of the boxes and we will see what happens after that. He has not been in any good boxes yet but he has good pace. I think the pace is between him, the one and the three. There is only a length between him and Paua To Roar no matter where I have trialled them.”

Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.97 29.97 5.37 5.37
Box 7
Race Odds
$17.00
Heat Replay
 
Gilgamesh
Trainer
Justin King
Owner
G Hatton & R Hatton
Prizemoney
$4,320.00
Last 10 Starts
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22 Months   Brindle   Bitch   by   Collision American Titch
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating

$2,160.00

Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Chased home Brasko Khan tenaciously in her semi-final. If she lands on the speed she will put herself right in the picture. Has to overcome the wide box to do so.


Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.23 29.96 5.49 5.53
Box 8
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Anything Less
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$7,800.00
Last 10 Starts
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20 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale Casey’s Angel
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,900.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
100% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Glenn Rounds (Trainer) – “I don’t know about the box, you’ve got to get across at Wentworth Park from the eight, it is a bit of a dreaded box out there. If he can get away and show his speed he will be right, but you don’t want to be posted there. He is a nice dog, he just needs luck to the first turn.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.92 29.94 5.48 5.48
1st Res
Race Odds
$11.00
Heart Replay
 
Zipping Lucy
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Damian Hallinan
Prizemoney
$485.00
Last 10 Starts
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24 Months   Blue Fawn   Bitch   by   Mantra Lad Scarlett Girl
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $243.00 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 50%
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: Slow beginner that gets back. Will need luck if she gains a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.10 5.61 5.61
2nd Res
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
All Strung Out
Trainer
Glenn Rounds
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$815.00
Last 10 Starts

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20 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale Casey’s Angel
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $408.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Bombed the start last week and unlucky not to make the final. A chance if he gets a start. 
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.36 5.53 6.17

If Xylia Allen (2) lands on the bunny, it could be a case of “eyes on the clock”. She broke the 280 metre record en route to her 720 metre record last week, so it would be hard for anyone to match motors with her.

Should she make the smallest error, Dyna Willow (4) will be set to pounce. She is the consummate professional and knows where the line is.

Sweet It Is (3) looks to be in career best form and registered 41.87 when running second to Dyna Willow last week. With a clear run, she is likely to be flying home late and is a knockout chance.