2014 Group One Paws Of Thunder Preview

The Group 1 Sportingbet Paws of Thunder final jumps at 9:50 (Race 8) on Saturday night at Wentworth Park.

The final has been at the mercy of scratchings, with pre-post favourite Double Twist (3) out of contention, along with Allen Malik (5) and National Time (7). With a new rule change that was made effective in June 2013, reserves are no longer automatically allocated the box in order of scratchings. What occurs now is a ballot after the scratching deadline. Peter Rocket and Punch One Out’s connections will not know what draw they get until after 9:00am on Saturday.

Fastest heat winner Veyron Bale (1) has drawn the prime inside position for this race. If he repeats the efforts of last week he will prove hard to beat.

Box 1
 
 
Race Odds
$5.00
Veyron Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$81,905.00
Last 10 Starts
8612611741
34 Months   Black Dog   Dog   by   Meticulous Blachura Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,489.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 15 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 0 1
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – He’s the fastest heat winner and has drawn the inside. He can be risky at box rise and will need to begin well. Was a strong performance last week so if he does lead, he will be hard to beat.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.50  29.50 5.39  5.42
Box 2
 
 
Race Odds
$33.60
 Manyana Groper
Trainer
Sydney Swain
Owner
William Mulligan
Prizemoney
$15,035.00
Last 10 Starts
6161236141
32
Months
  White & Blue Brindle    Dog   by   Knocka Norris Speedy Cadillac
Start Slow Running Railer Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $653.00 Rating  85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
23 8 2 1
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 48%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Slow beginner who is rising sharply in class. Will need luck to feature.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.91 29.91 5.50 5.50
 Box 3
 
 
Race Odds
$SCR
Double Twist – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A   N/A   N/A   by   N/A N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Scratched
Best Wentworth Park  Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 4
 
 
Race Odds
$3.40
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Edward Medhurst
Owner
R Johnson & S Sutton
Prizemoney
$46,545.00
Last 10 Starts
7141241211

31 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Collision Everlong Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,662.00 Rating 97 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 16 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
57% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 1 0
Comments: Edward Medhurst (Trainer) – “I’d like to think if he begins really well, that’s his only hope of being competitive is to lead. He’s quite capable, but I think his chances rely on him being on the bunny, thus a fast beginning is essential, especially in that class of field.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.65 29.65 5.34 5.34
Box 5
 
 
Race Odds
$SCR
Allen Malik – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A   N/A   N/A   by   N/A N/A
Start N/A N/A N/A Finish

N/A

Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Scratched
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 6
 
 
Race Odds
$3.80
Iona Seven
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Michelle Sidrak
Prizemoney
$81,455.00
Last 10 Starts
5851812651
33 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Swift Fancy Iona Habit
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,036.00 Rating 97 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
40 14 11 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “If she can jump like last week and get a clear run, she’s got to be in the race. I’m not overly thrilled with the box but she did it from out there last week and just hope she can run the same race.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.62 29.62 5.38 5.38
Box 7
 
 
Race Odds
$SCR
National Time – SCRATCHED
Trainer
N/A
Owner
N/A
Prizemoney
N/A
Last 10 Starts
N/A
N/A   N/A   N/A   by   N/A N/A
Start N/A Running N/A Finish N/A
Prizemoney Rating N/A Rating N/A
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
N/A N/A
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Scratched
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 8
 
 
Race Odds
$10.90
Boyce Road
Trainer
Mark Gatt
Owner
Edwin Kingswell
Prizemoney
$18,750.00
Last 10 Starts
1311111311
23 Months   Black   Dog   by   Collision Mystic Pace
Start Slow Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,875.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 8 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
80% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Mark Gatt (Trainer) – “It’s not an ideal box in a Group 1 as you have to cross a field of seven good dogs. He’s a young dog and he will try hard.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.69 29.69 5.44 5.44
1st Res
 
 
Race Odds
$4.20
Punch One Out
Trainer
Jason Mackay
Owner
Grant Fennelly
Prizemoney
$128,749.00
Last 10 Starts
 1113211641
35 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Knocka Norris Little Egyptian
Start Risky Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,739.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 22 11 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 5 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is – Current track record holder who has recently returned to racing. She will be better for the run last week and looms as a big threat.
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.27 29.72 5.34 5.37
2nd Res
 
 
Race Odds
$6.50
Peter Rocket
Trainer
Keith Hellmuth
Owner
Lisa Hellmuth
Prizemoney
$295,145.00
Last 10 Starts
2316327242

41
Months

  Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Belron Blue
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,002.00 Rating 94 
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
59 21 10 15
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 78%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A  N/A
Comments: Keith Hellmuth (Trainer) – “If he jumps alright, which he normally jumps pretty good and as long as nothing smashes him and he can get to that corner, he’ll go alright. I think every dog has a chance. He just needs a bit of luck going into that turn. He will try like you wouldn’t believe.”
Best Wentworth Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.52 29.74 5.41 5.52

As always, a lot will depend on the start. There’s plenty of early speed in the field with Buckle Up Wes (4), Iona Seven (6) and current track record holder Punch One Out all going under the 5.40 mark to the post the first time last week. Boyce Road (8) is the youngster of the field. He isn’t even two years old yet, but has found himself in a Group 1 final after just 10 starts. He is capable of running time but will need luck from the outside draw. Veyron Bale’s performance was polished last week, he clocked 5.42 to the first mark, 17.83 down the back and ran home in 11.67. Double Twist’s run home was 11.52 but her earlier sections of 5.49 and 18.04 weren’t as good as Veyron Bale’s. The consistent Peter Rocket finds himself in another Group final and Manyana Groper (2) is in his first Group 1. Manyana Groper is likely to struggle in this field, as he doesn’t possess the early speed or overall best time at the track to compete with the dogs in this field. Whoever ends up winning the Paws Of Thunder will go home $100,000 richer.