2014 Group One National Derby Preview

The second feature event at The Gardens is the $75,000 Group One National Derby. The names Gatt and Hallinan feature heavily in the final and look to have the main chances. The race favourite is Boyce Road, drawn favourably in the red rug. The Derby final is race eight at 9:38pm.

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.80
Heat Replay
 
Boyce Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$20,990.00
Last 10 Starts
1111311414
24 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Mystic Pace
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,615.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 9 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
69% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1

Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) – “Boxed perfectly on the inside as it’s a huge advantage in these types of races. He’s got to jump and hold the fence position and I think he will go really well in this.”

Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.33 30.62 4.99 4.99
Box 2
Race Odds 
$3.20
Heat Replay
 
Evil Punk
Trainer
James Coyle
Owner
James Coyle
Prizemoney
$34,115.00
Last 10 Starts
5123182221
29 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Punk Angel
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,003.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
34 9 7 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
26% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 3 0
Comments:  James Coyle (Trainer) – “I’m really happy he’s drawn near the rails but Boyce Road is still the one to beat. My dog has performed really well in this series and has been jumping so well, I’m just hoping he can do it again. He will be hard to beat if he gets to the lead.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.59 29.59 4.97 4.97
Box 3
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Lochinvar Rossi
Trainer
Robert Smith
Owner
Heather Gordon
Prizemoney
$1,505.00
Last 10 Starts
1328344
23 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale Pure Elle
Start Good Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $215.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 1 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
14% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 0 2
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Has recorded just one win in his career, which was a 29.74 victory in a maiden race in November 2013. Ran fourth in both his heat and semi-final. This looks too tough for him at this stage of his career.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.74 30.02 5.05 5.05
Box 4
 Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Waymore’s Blues
Trainer
Martin Hallinan
Owner
Glenn Rounds
Prizemoney
$9,980.00
Last 10 Starts
1411241512

25Months

  Black   Dog   by   Collide Casey’s Angel
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $907.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 6 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Cameron Hallinan (Kennel Representative) –  “We didn’t get the box we wanted for him but he is fit and ready to go. He will need some luck around the first corner and hope he jumps well.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.65 29.68 5.03 5.06
Box 5
Race Odds
$34.00
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Snoopy
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$4,010.00
Last 10 Starts
F2121223
24 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad Cho Chang
Start Fair Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $501.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 2 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Consistent place-getter and has performed well during the series. Not the best beginner so may struggle with the squeeze box in this field.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.80 29.80 5.10 5.15
Box 6
Race Odds
$41.00
Heat Replay
 
Soviet Missile
Trainer
Toby Weekes
Owner
Fahed Elniz
Prizemoney
$17,230.00
Last 10 Starts
2621352152
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Jacinta Bale
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $783.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 6 5 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0  0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Fast dog who may not be able to show his best with the bad box draw. He needs room early.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.71 29.71 5.14 5.14
Box 7
Race Odds
$13.00
Heat Replay
 
Ritza Raider
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Mark Gatt
Prizemoney
$11,415.00
Last 10 Starts
3123112233
27 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Midnight Flare
Start Fair Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating

$951.00

Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 5 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 2
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) – “Both of his runs have been really good. He’s not jumping really good but if he can get a bit closer to the leaders and get a good position, he will run a good race.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 29.69 5.10 5.16
Box 8
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Brock
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$19,225.00
Last 10 Starts
11611221
24 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad Cho Chang
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,403.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 2 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 88%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  1 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0  0
Comments: Cameron Hallinan (Owner’s Representative) – “I’m glad he got box eight and he has a good chance of getting to the first corner in front and if there’s a hold up on the inside of the field he will have a real chance.”
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.54 29.54 5.01 5.01
1st Res
Race Odds
$34.00
Heart Replay
 
Tricky Pluto
Trainer
Martin Hallinan
Owner
M Hallinan & F Hallinan
Prizemoney
$2,320.00
Last 10 Starts

311245

30 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Malfoy Navigator Miss
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $387.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 1  0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Will need some luck early to feature if he gains a start.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.83 30.05 5.08 5.16
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Topper Harley
Trainer
Anthony Azzopardi
Owner
Frances Harris
Prizemoney
$11,075.00
Last 10 Starts
3613181435
26 Months   Black   Dog   by   Give Me Five Cinnabar
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $738.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 5 1 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 67%
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: Has great early speed but hasn’t won at the track. Others look a better chance.
Best Unibet Gardens Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.88 30.75 4.98 4.98

Boyce Road (1) finds himself in his second Group One final in a matter of months and amazingly, he has only just turned two years old. The youngster has taken it all in his stride and possesses ability and race sense beyond his tender age. His only flaw is that he is a moderate beginner. However, if he gets room in the early stages of the race, he will be poised to steal this down the home straight.

Gatt’s other runner is Ritza Hattie’s brother, Ritza Raider (7). Just like his sister, he has not missed a place in his career, so based on that alone he is an each way chance. Zipping Brock (8) has drawn well on the outside and possesses a fast 29.54 PB. His littermate, Zipping Snoopy (5) hasn’t drawn well but has shown ability in his eight starts, with good form down in Victoria prior to this series.

Waymore Blue’s is another of Hallinan’s with a chance. He has consistent box manners and six career wins from just 11 starts. Evil Punk (2) looks to be the best chance to upset Gatt and Hallinan’s hold on this race. He has performed beautifully during the series, putting in consistent performances and improving at each look at the track. He hasn’t missed a place from box two and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he takes this race out.