2014 Group One Winter Carnival Cup Preview

Eight speedy greyhounds from four different states will line up for a shot at the $75,000 first prize in this Thursday night’s Group One Winter Carnival Cup at Albion Park.

Master Queensland trainer Tony Brett, who has won the race for the last three years running has two dogs engaged in Flash Reality and Benarkin.

The interstate charge is led by Tasmanian Buckle Up Wes who won the Australian Cup earlier in the year. Darren McDonald will rug up Victorian Awesome Project from box one as a likely short priced favourite, while Brian Partridge and Love Kills will be the lone representative from New South Wales.

It’s a terrific blend of class, form and local knowledge which should make for an engrossing final. The race is scheduled to jump at 8:44pm.

Here is a look at the field in depth with comments from connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.95
Heat Replay
Awesome Project
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Bradley Canty
Prizemoney
$236,715.00
Last 10 Starts
1112113111
40 Months Black Dog by Collision Honour Phase
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,505.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 22 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
51% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 0 1
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He has been jumping a lot better lately and is racing with a lot of confidence, hopefully he can do that again on Thursday night. Flash Reality will be hard to beat racing on his home track.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.82 29.82 5.52 5.52
Box 2
Race Odds
$35.00
Heat Replay
Gumlow Star
Trainer
Sandra Hunt
Owner
Bradley Belford
Prizemoney
$22,680.00
Last 10 Starts
5226315411
33 Months Black Bitch by El Galo Jackpot Return
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $515.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
44 10 7 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
24 6 4 3
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 2 0
Comments: Sandra Hunt (Trainer) – “We are boxed ok again, that is one good thing, but she is probably a 30/1 shot. In saying that I guess we were a 30/1 shot last week and we won. It would be nice to lead again but there is some fast dogs in there, it is just great to be in the race. I think she is the only bitch in the race so hopefully all the boys do the gentlemanly thing and let her go first.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.07 30.11 5.58 5.58
Box 3
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Love Kills
Trainer
Brian Partridge
Owner
Rate Race Syndicate
Prizemoney
$16,830.00
Last 10 Starts
412F111222
40 Months Black Dog by Surgeon London Lizzie
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $935.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 6 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 3 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Lightly raced dog who has won four from eight at Albion Park. He is yet to break the 30 second barrier at the track and will probably need to improve to worry to big guns in this final. Place hope.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.11 30.15 5.60 5.60
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.70
Heat Replay
Buckle Up Wes
Trainer
Edward Medhurst
Owner
Johnson Sutton Syndicate
Prizemoney
$344,535.00
Last 10 Starts
1112471111
37 Months Black Dog by Collision Everlong Bale
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $8,012.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 26 6 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 84%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 1
Comments: Ted Medhurst (Trainer) – “He is going as well as ever and his form has held up well right through. He had only had one trial at the track before last week but he still looked to be a bit lost going around the first turn and through the catching pen. He has to lead if he wants to win it.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.09 5.53 5.53
Box 5
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
Benarkin
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Velocity Lodge Partnership
Prizemoney
$109,395.00
Last 10 Starts
2112122332
44 Months Black Dog by Path To Power Velocity Cloud
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,104.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 19 15 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 83%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 7 8 2
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 3 0
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “He had a split webbing just before the Gold Cup so he had an enforced break. The way he ran on last week given the small amount of work he’s had was terrific. He will be back early but it is incredible the way he weaves through a field. He is not as fast as the top dogs but will be running on if he gets a clean crack at them.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.01 30.22 5.71 5.73
Box 6
Race Odds
$51.00
Heat Replay
Winged Elite
Trainer
John Hutchinson
Owner
John Hutchinson
Prizemoney
$18,590.00
Last 10 Starts
54483627F2
32 Months Blue Dog by Elite Size Mellifluous
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $885.00 Rating 81
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 7 4 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 57%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 5 4 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – A winner of five from 18 over this trip who snuck in to this final with a second placing last week. His form has not been too flattering of late and he will more than likely find this field a little bit too slippery.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.09 30.12 5.64 5.64
Box 7
Race Odds
$31.00
Heat Replay
Yogi Blue
Trainer
Peter O’Reilly
Owner
P and A O’Reilly Syndicate
Prizemoney
$78,745.00
Last 10 Starts
8312312111
39 Months Blue Dog by Cool Effort Opal Assassin
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,175.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
67 21 12 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 10 5 5
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 2
Comments: Peter O’Reilly (Trainer) – “He seems to handle box seven pretty well, I think he is used to it since he has drawn there so often. He is racing close to his best and if he runs that sort of time he has to be a chance, I would love to see him win a race like this.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.89 30.16 5.49 5.49
Box 8
Race Odds
$2.70
Heat Replay
Flash Reality
Trainer
Tony Brett
Owner
Marlene Ellis
Prizemoney
$65,290.00
Last 10 Starts
7221111131
31 Months Black Dog by Premier Fantasy Orara Flash
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $5,022.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 7 2 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
54% 92%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 0 3
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 1 5 2
Comments: Tony Brett (Trainer) – “He has always shown a lot of promise and if he gets that clean getaway then he will be hard to beat. You always want box one in a big final but if you can’t get it then eight is the next best thing. He is good enough to compete with the really good dogs so hopefully it all goes well on Thursday night.”
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.58 29.71 5.53 5.46
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
Cyndie’s Special
Trainer
William Elson
Owner
Cynthia Elson
Prizemoney
$43,185.00
Last 10 Starts
2616223212
32 Months Black Bitch by Premier Fantasy Regal Silver
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,136.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 12 10 5
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
28 8 8 4
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Consistent bitch who always manages to put herself in the picture and is capable of running slick time. Would not be the worst if she gained a start.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.88 30.28 5.60 5.64
2nd Res
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
Rue De Kahn
Trainer
Dean Swain
Owner
Michael Laffey
Prizemoney
$101,770.00
Last 10 Starts
4114227522
29 Months White and Blue Fawn Bitch by Where’s Pedro Shelbourne Dawn
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,626.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 8 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Handy New South Wales bitch who ran into a hot Awesome Project last week. Can be a little hit or miss at the start but when she is at her best she is very quick. Would be a place chance if gaining a start.
Best Albion Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.43 5.65 5.68

Awesome Project (1) looks to hold all the aces in this race. Should he leave the boxes rapidly then he will take a power of beating.

Flash Reality (8) is an improving youngster who has gone close to lowering the track record over this trip. If he gets a clean run to the first turn then he could blow them away.

Buckle Up Wes (4) is a proven big race performer who could easily win this race on his best form. He is yet to show it at Albion Park, but given his relative inexperience at the track he has plenty of scope for improvement.

Yogi Blue (7) is in stellar form and regularly produces sub-thirty second runs here. He looks to be the knockout chance outside of the “big three”.