2014 Cranbourne Cup Final Preview

The final of the Group Two Cranbourne Cup jumps at 9:22pm on Wednesday 8 January 2014 (Race 8). Many will be waiting to see if Phenomenal gets a start as first reserve, as he as opened up favourite in fixed odds betting.

The heats were run on a rain affected track last week, having an obvious impact on times. Last week’s fastest heat winner was Bookkeeper, who has drawn box five for the final. Banjo Boy has been passed fit to run by two separate vets after spiking himself in his heat last week. Ken Virtue told ARG that Banjo Boy was fit and ready to take his place in the final. “The stoppers fine, the dogs condition is excellent and there is not a query over his fitness.”

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.00
Heat Replay
 
Banjo Boy
Trainer
Kenneth Virtue
Owner
Andrew Varasdi
Prizemoney
$69,590.00
Last 10 Starts
1111322331
31 Months   White & Black Dog   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane Off Springer
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,577.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 14 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0
Comments: Kenneth Virtue (Trainer) – “I think Banjo Boy at his best will be very competitive. The draw suits I would think, unless he makes a mistake himself, I mean by lunging forward and hitting his head on the boxes or something silly, which he’s done in the past. All things equal, he should be well suited by the draw.” 
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.98 30.61 5.40 5.49
Box 2
Race Odds 
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Jordan Allen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$25,140.00
Last 10 Starts
4235274241
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Fear Zafonic Dyna Celeste
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $931.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 5 9 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 59%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 1 1
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-trainer) – “He looks a place chance. He’s going to need a lot of luck early in that field but I’d say he’s a rough place chance.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.51 30.51 5.48 5.48
Box 3
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Fancy Amigo
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Tracsan Racing Syndicate
Prizemoney
$43,490.00
Last 10 Starts
2234266331
39 Months   Black   Dog   by   Brett Lee Sweet Fancy
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $1,175.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 11 8 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 1 2
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “He’s a very fast dog. The conditions were terrible the other night, it rained all night. If he can get back on top of the track and get a good track, which you think we would do this week, as hopefully it won’t rain like that two weeks in a row. He’s got a little chance there. He’s a leader and he needs to be in front to do his best.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.10 30.85 5.45 5.48
Box 4
 Race Odds
$3.70
Heat Replay
 
Innocent Til
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Family Frenzy Syndicate
Prizemoney
$95,425.00
Last 10 Starts
1226311411

29 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Premier Fantasy Proven Polly
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,726.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 21 6 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 86%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 1
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 1
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is:  A very reliable dog who looks a chance in this. If he clears Fancy Amigo and nothing crosses him from the outside, he is a big hope.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.38 30.53 5.39 5.46
Box 5
Race Odds
$2.90
Heat Replay
 
Bookkeeper
Trainer
Glenn Dainton
Owner
Frances Goodwin
Prizemoney
$124,815.00
Last 10 Starts
2211231171
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Smashing Amy
Start Good Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $3,200.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
39 17 8 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is: Impressive last week in his heat and had one of the fastest first sections, plus the fastest overall time. If he is up there early, he has a strong finish and will likely start the favourite.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 30.22 5.36 5.36
Box 6
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Noaki Spitfire
Trainer
Garry Selkrig
Owner
William Baldock
Prizemoney
$35,735.00
Last 10 Starts
5112142162
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Noaki Pace
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $940.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
38 14 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 63%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 3 2 1
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0  0
Comments: Garry Selkrig (Trainer) – “He should go quite well actually. He’s got box six, if he gets out quick and has a bit of luck he will go pretty good. He likes Cranbourne and goes well there, he ran the second fastest time of the evening there last week.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.22 30.49 5.45 5.45
Box 7
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
 Keybow
Trainer
Darren McDonald
Owner
Kelvin Lean
Prizemoney
$31,045.00
Last 10 Starts
6211443131
25 Months   Black   Dog   by   Take The Kitty Key Exit
Start Moderate Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,218.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
14 7 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  1  0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Darren McDonald (Trainer) – “I’m not sure how he will handle the wide box, I havn’t had him all that long. He seems to begin better when he’s drawn closer to the fence. If he can come out and repeat his run the other night, he’s right in the race. He had never been 500 there before and he’s very strong, the distance suits.”
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
30.50 30.50 5.48 5.48
Box 8
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Nobby Bale
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$11,620.00
Last 10 Starts
1116162352
27 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Surf Lorian Amity Bale
Start Slow Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $684.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 6 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1  0 1 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Comments: Trainer unavailable for comment. ARG opinion is:  Slow beginner who may find trouble early in this field. He is a strong finisher so if he gets a clear run through the field he could run a place.
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.59 5.66 5.66
1st Res
Race Odds
$2.50
Heart Replay
 
Phenomenal
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
See The Dream Syndicate
Prizemoney
$77,770.00
Last 10 Starts
1228111122
30 Months   Dark Brindle   Dog   by   Collision Tocsin
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,111.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
25 13 6 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
52% 80%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  1 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: If he gains a start he is a huge chance. He hasn’t began well his last two starts but has shown brilliant mid race pace. He has recorded the second fastest time ever at Cranbourne over this distance.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
29.78 30.61 5.53 5.53
2nd Res
Race Odds
$23.00
Heat Replay
 
Check My Swagger
Trainer
Tricia Curtain
Owner
Matthew Strickland
Prizemoney
$16,255.00
Last 10 Starts
2127124172
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite Zadar Belle
Start Good Running Rail Finish Moderate
Prizemoney Rating $774.00 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 7 8 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Will likely lead the field if he gains a start but probably not strong enough to hold off the challengers aiming up from behind.
Best Cranbourne Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 30.66 5.36 5.36

If Phenomenal gains a start he is one of the big chances, with a flying 29.78 win to his credit at the track. Bookkeeper performed well last week to still run a good 30.22 in trying conditions. His first split was the fastest of all heats and he has a perfect record from box five. Fancy Amigo is expected to go well from box three. He has a good record from the box and if he leads, he will put himself right in the race. Banjo Boy has broken 30 seconds at the track, but will need to improve on his heat run last week. Noaki Spitfire has a good Cranbourne record, but will have to get across from box six and be in front to be a chance. Keybow is a youngster on the rise. He will need to handle the outside and gives away a bit of experience as he has only had 14 starts, but he is showing plenty of promise. Innocent Til was also impressive last week and has a great overall career record. This is a hard final to predict but it should be a keenly contested race.