2014 Group One Rookie Rebel Preview

Between 1957 and 1958, a white and fawn dog by Dream’s Image out of Lady Janellen completed a magical treble when he won the Melbourne Cup, the Hobart Thousand and the Australian Cup and became the highest Australian stakes earner at the time. His name was Rookie Rebel.

The relatively small dog weighed in at just 29kg, but went on to race 67 times for 36 wins, 17 seconds and 6 thirds. He was regarded one of the best dogs that anyone had seen at the time and he was an out-and out champion over both the sprints and middle distances.

This Saturday night at The Meadows, a Group One race worth $75,000 to-the-winner over 600 metres is named in honour of the AGRA hall-of-famer.

Since its inception in 2003 race has been won by dogs such as Paua To Burn, Malfoy, Symmetry, Bo Frazier and Train A Journey. In 2013 it was taken out by Proven Impala.

The lids will fly for the Rookie Rebel at 9:20pm

Box 1
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Spirited Flame
Trainer
Christopher Riordon
Owner
Christopher Riordon
Prizemoney
$96,544.00
Last 10 Starts
7224111143
44 Months   White Black   Bitch   by   Vapour Whirl Fire Goddess
Start Good Running Middle Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,582.00 Rating 83
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
61 25 8 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
41% 67%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 4 0 2
Comments: Well drawn banana-bender who comes into this after a third behind Benarkin in the Group Three Big Dog at Albion Park. Has been very consistent in Queensland middle-distance events but faces a sharp rise in class here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
FSTD FSTD FSTD FSTD
Box 2
Race Odds 
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
General Destini
Trainer
Norm Rinaldi
Owner
RIVERWALK (SYN)
Prizemoney
$259,600.00
Last 10 Starts
4721341224
47 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Greys Destini
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $3,415.00 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
76 23 24 7
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 5 5 0
Comments: Norm Rinaldi (Trainer) – “He just keeps going and could be right up there in this one. He has had 78 starts and just loves racing. This will be his last preparation, he is going to stud. He will be right in there trying.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.83 34.97 9.03 9.03
Box 3
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Alpe D’Huez
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
HORIZON GOLD RACING (SYN)
Prizemoney
$156,950.00
Last 10 Starts
3211274426
48 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Joop Muse
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,139.00 Rating 84
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
50 18 10 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 0 1
Comments: Talented dog who has a big motor and has gone within half-a-length of the track record at The Meadows in the past. He looks a little below his best on recent form an will need to replicate his fastest runs to win this.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.34 34.62 9.13 9.36
Box 4
 Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Daintree Emperor
Trainer
Lauren Gorman
Owner
Garry Joske
Prizemoney
$145,700.00
Last 10 Starts
4121F41335

43 Months

  Fawn   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Daintree Lady
Start Fair Running Rail Finish Average
Prizemoney Rating $2,428.00 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
60 20 16 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 73%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 2 4 2
Comments: Ultra consistent middle-distance chaser who always puts himself in the picture at this level. May lack the star quality of some competitors but he is always thereabouts and could be a place chance.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.56 34/56 9.06 9.06
Box 5
Race Odds
$1.90
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
J Wheeler
Prizemoney
$477,980.00
Last 10 Starts
1251415311
33 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale Tayah Bale
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $8,690.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 23 10 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
42% 76%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 4 1 2
Comments: Superstar sprinter and newly crowned Victorian Greyhound of the Year who has recently graduated to middle distances. Has won both attempts over the longer trips at Sandown in slick time and has her first go at The Meadows 600 metres. Has the ability to fly early and could well lead from pillar-to-post.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
FSTD FSTD FSTD FSTD
Box 6
Race Odds
$2.20
Heat Replay
 
Bookkeeper
Trainer
Glenn Dainton
Owner
Frances Goodwin
Prizemoney
$147,915.00
Last 10 Starts
1231171611
36 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bombastic Shiraz Smashing Amy
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,500.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 19 8 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
45% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Comments: Middle distance star who has won five of his seven attempts at the track and is the reigning track record holder over this journey. His last start win was in the listed Maidment Memorial at Sandown and he is a proven performer at this level. Looks a major player here.
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.06 34.29 8.82 8.92
Box 7
Race Odds
$0.00
Heat Replay
 
Cake And Pies (scratched)
Trainer
 
Owner
 
Prizemoney
$
Last 10 Starts
 
51 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Big Daddy Cool Ultra Swift
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $ Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
% %
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
0 0 0 0
Comments: Scratched

Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
       
Box 8
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Hawk Alone
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
M Rodgers
Prizemoney
$157,030
Last 10 Starts
1331647734
30 Months   Black   Dog   by   Westmead Hawk Glamorous Jade
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $3,738 Rating 86
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 14 9 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 3
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – For all of Tom Dailly’s expert comments, check out his podcast on the ARG website in which he discusses his chances and more. “Hawk Alone is some chance if he could possibly cross and there was trouble behind. But he will find it tough.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.62 34.62 9.01 9.01
1st Res
Race Odds
$21.00
Heart Replay
 
Lektra Grey (into box seven)
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
P Lenehan
Prizemoney
$69,517
Last 10 Starts
1341735645
37 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   Trewly Special Elektra
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $939 Rating 68
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
74 14 8 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 42%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 2 1 2
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 1 1
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) For all of Tom Dailly’s expert comments, check out his podcast on the ARG website in which he discusses his chances and more. “This will be very tough. Xylia Allen and Bookkeeper will be hard to beat.”
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.41 34.56 9.22 9.31
2nd Res
Race Odds
$0.00
Heat Replay
 
Shadow Lane (scratched)
Trainer
 
Owner
 
Prizemoney
$
Last 10 Starts
 
37 Months   Black   Dog   by   Where’s Pedro Proven Lilly
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $ Rating  
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
% %
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
       
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Scratched
Best The Meadows Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
       

The obvious chances in the race look to be Xylia Allen (5) and Bookkeeper (6). The run to the first turn will be telling as both of these dogs look to find a safe position somewhere near the lead. Hawk Alone (8) is a bit of an unknown quantity at the trip and could well be flashing home should he find a clean passage in transit.

If dogs the ilk of General Destini (2), Alpe D’Huez (3) and Daintree Emperor (4) can find their best form they would be considered rough hopes.

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