2014 Group Two Dapto Puppy Classic Final Preview

The time has come for the running of the 2014 edition of the Group 2 Dapto Puppy Classic. The race is scheduled to jump at 9:14pm (NSW time).

These runners went under the hammer at the 2013 Dapto Puppy Auction. At that particular auction, the top priced lot was for a Fabregas and I’m Exceptional puppy, which went for $14,000. That breeding doesn’t show up in any of the finalists but here is a look at the top price for each litter that features in this year’s final:

High Earner – Magic Capers: $12,000
Yahoo Omar – Bananarama: $8,100
Cosmic Rumble – Sky Fly High: $6,300
Spring Gun – Magic Fantasy: $4,600
Just The Best – Where’s Fancy: $3,400
Bekim Bale – La Pearl: $2,400
Cosmic Rumble – Dynamic Shiraz: $1,990
Bekim Bale – It’s Happy Hour: $1,400

The High Earner and Magic Capers litter was the second highest priced litter in the auction. Only one other litter above features in the top 20 lots sold on the day.

Magic Earner, who happens to be by High Earner and Magic Capers, is the fastest qualifier through to this year’s final courtesy of her 29.77 run last week.

Previous winners of this race include Electric Grace, Toll Security, Most Awesome, Bazwill, Miss Megastar, Here I Come, Adris Echo, Merciless Lu, Never Quoted, Jedd Lion, Vancouver Kiss, No Rules League (who was owned by Chris Bertinato, who has another finalist this year in Bertacious Bee), Magic Fantasy and last year’s winner, My Bella Rose.

Here’s a look at the chances of each of the finalists:

Box 1
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Stilton Lucky
Trainer
Phillip Goodsell
Owner
Jason Bolwell
Prizemoney
$3,510
Last 10 Starts
4473242411
25 Months   Light Fawn   Dog   by   Cosmic Rumble Dynamic Shiraz
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $319 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 2 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
18% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
ARG Comments: Has surprised everyone by winning his heat and final at long odds both times. Has drawn the red box for the first time and based on last week’s run, loves the rail. He could very well be the surprise packet of the series.

Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.09 5.50 5.50
Box 2
Race Odds
SCR
Heat Replay
 
Alderley Reform – 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 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
SCRATCHED
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Box 3
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Spring Bonanza
Trainer
Tom Tzouvelis
Owner
Mix Brew Partnership
Prizemoney
$20,010
Last 10 Starts
1314111442
26 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Spring Gun Magic Fantasy
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,334 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 7 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 1
Tom Tzouvelis (Trainer): “It’s a very even field and most have chances. I’m just hoping mine can handle the track better than she has in previous two runs and improve.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.21 5.44 5.44
Box 4
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
 
Tonight Tonight
Trainer
Garry Edwards
Owner
Watta Fillup Syndicate
Prizemoney
$730
Last 10 Starts
XXXXX343632

24 Months

  Blue Fawn   Bitch   by   Just The Best Where’s Fancy
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $146 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 1 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
0% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 0 1 2
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Brett Margerison (Owner): “She’s a genuine 200/1 pop. Horrible draw outside Tommy’s wide running bitch. The best we can probably hope for is to tuck in behind the 1, 2 & 3 and hope the 3 causes carnage. She hasn’t got the class of the 2,6 or 8.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.32 5.55 5.55
Box 5
Race Odds
$11.00
Heat Replay
 
Lunar Sky
Trainer
Amy Bennett
Owner
Champion Syndicate
Prizemoney
$4,115
Last 10 Starts
6546365121
38 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Rumble Sky Fly High
Start Good Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $343 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 3 2 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 50%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 1 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 0

Amy Bennett (Trainer): “I have been in 5 of these finals and I think this one has the best quality and pups for years. It will come down to the jump. If she can get away cleanly with no interference she will have a chance to take it away. She will improve because of the limited work she has had going into the series.”

Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.01 30.01 5.42 5.42
Box 6
Race Odds
$7.00
Heat Replay
 
Magic Earner
Trainer
Jodie Lord
Owner
Asa Syndicate
Prizemoney
$12,630
Last 10 Starts
4613322731
30 Months   Black   Bitch   by   High Earner Magic Capers
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $601 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 5 5 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1   1
ARG Comments: Flew around the circuit last week and a repeat of that effort will take out this race.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.77 29.77 5.44 5.44
Box 7
Race Odds
$9.00
Heat Replay
 
Bertacious Bee
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$128,865
Last 10 Starts
1113111131
29 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Bekim Bale It’s Happy Hour
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $388 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 22 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
81% 93%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0

Chris Bertinato (Owner): “I think he’s well boxed, but think we are there to make up the numbers in the field. This is a very impressive field, the 2 dog has come all the way over from SA and wouldn’t come over for nothing if he knew he didn’t have a chance. The 8 dog, Rare Pearl, is all the rage but can see an upset happening. Amy Bennett deserves this race. If a local can win it will be great, but in saying all this if Bertacious Bee can sit near the leader going through the first turn he is in with a great chance as he is very strong.”


Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.42 29.42 5.00 5.00
Box 8
Race Odds
$2.30
Heat Replay
 
Rare Pearl
Trainer
Steven White
Owner
Glory Hounds Syndicate
Prizemoney
$5,415
Last 10 Starts
4122261121
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bekim Bale La Pearl
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $542 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 4 4 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
40% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Steve White (Trainer): “He is well boxed. Jut need a touch of luck going into the first corner as he is a slow beginner.”
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.83 29.83 5.59 5.59
1st Res
Race Odds
$31.00
Heart Replay
 
Magic Rama
Trainer
Lorraine Perrin
Owner
Chris Petersen
Prizemoney
$3,685
Last 10 Starts
4622435233
28 Months   White & Fawn   Bitch   by   Yahoo Omar Bananarama
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $217 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 2 3 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
12% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 0 3 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARG Comment: Will gain a start due to the scratching of litter-mate Alderley Reform. She is yet to crack a win at Dapto from seven attempts so isn’t likely to loom as the winner. She does possess some early speed which she will need to use to give herself any chance.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.17

5.45

5.58
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Magic Knight
Trainer
Frank Hurst
Owner
Peter Brownlee
Prizemoney
$8,495
Last 10 Starts
1561511623
26 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite Sunlit Bird
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $447 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
19 6 3 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 2 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
ARG Comment: Finished third behind fastest qualifier Magic Earner last week. Is risky at box-rise but can show pace. He has won six races from 19 so he has proven he can win races. An each way chance if he gets a run.
Best Dapto Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.25 5.44 5.50

This is a pretty even race in terms of the mix of speed and strength in the race.

The likely favourite will be Rare Pearl (8) who is well-boxed out wide. He was impressive last week, getting through the field to run away with a 7 3/4 length win in a personal best time of 29.83. The only concern is the lack of early pace.

Magic Earner (6) will also be in the betting after her impressive all-the-way victory last week. It was the best she had stepped and she clocked 5.44 to the first mark. She had box two on the occasion and now moves out to the dreaded box six.

Spring Bonanza (3) showed pace last week but the Queensland based bitch is still struggling to adapt to the tight Dapto circuit. She also likes to use the track so this may cause some interference to the chasers boxed in the middle.

Lunar Sky (5) will have to ping the lids to overcome the predicted interference. She is capable of a 5.42 first split and last week showed she had a bit of heart to stave off the strong finishing Bertacious Bee. It would be lovely to see the Bennett family finally get a winner in this race after making the final on so many occasions.

Bertacious Bee (7) handled the outside well last week and only missed out on winning his semi-final by 1/2 a length. With a touch of luck he could give trainer George Micallef his second Dapto Puppy Classic winner.

Much has been made of the fact that Stilton Lucky (1) has won at long odds his last two starts. He has the rails alley for the first time in his career and is aiming for a hat-trick of wins. He only broke his maiden two starts back so it would be a huge feat for him if he was able to pull this off.

Magic Rama (9) gets a run after the scratching of Alderley Reform (2). She has only won two from 17 and is yet to win at the track so she doesn’t look a realistic chance.

Tonight Tonight (4) is the maiden of the field and has not been done any favours by the box-draw. Her dedicated owners deserve a big win as they have invested heavily in the sport but they will need a lot of luck on their side.