2014 Group Two Ballarat Cup Final Preview

The Group Two Ballarat Cup will be the main feature race around the nation tomorrow night and will see a blend of consistent old campaigners up against the rising young pups of the sport.

There is also an interesting mix of speed, pace and strength in the race which should ensure a fantastic final where one greyhound will earn $60,000 for approximately 25 seconds of chasing.

The race will jump at 8:41pm VIC time, lets have a look at each of the runners and hear what their trainers have to say about their chances.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.15
Heat Replay
 

Luca Neveelk

Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$133,865
Last 10 Starts
1311113181
May
2012
  Blue   Dog   by   Talk’s
Cheap
It’s
A Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $4,616 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
29 23 0 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
79% 90%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 2
Gerald Kleeven (Trainer) – If he can jump with them and get a clear run for a couple of strides he should be right. He will need to do everything right  because there are seven others that have run quicker times than him but with that being said he hadn’t been to the track until last week. It will be a very good race, I think whoever gets the breaks will win it. 
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.47 25.47 6.51 6.51
Box 2
Race Odds
 $11
Heat Replay
 
Ultima Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$16,090
Last 10 Starts
1211314131
December
2012
  Brindle   Dog   by   Radley
Bale
Shaiane
Bale
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,462 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
11 6 1 2
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 82%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Steve Collins (Trainer) – He is only a young dog and he is still learning about the whole racing caper, but if they give him a bit of room in the early stages they will have to look out for him in the last one hundred metres. The draw suits him, being a young dog you can’t go around dogs of this calibre, so I am happy with the draw. I think (Luca Neveelk) is boxed to lead and I think our only hope is to be sitting just behind him turning for home. 


Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last

25.22

25.37 6.59 6.65
Box 3
Race Odds
$20 
Heat Replay
 
Blue Giant
Trainer
Peter Akathiotis
Owner
Peter Akathiotis
Prizemoney
$43,975
Last 10 Starts
2118514231
July
2011
  Blue   Dog   by   Knocka
Norris
Aussie
Nicky
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $936 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
47 13 3 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 1 0
Peter Akathiotis (Trainer) – He went very well in his heat. He is a strong finisher and he did what he had to do after getting in trouble. I was hoping for boxes one, two or three so I am quite happy. Hopefully he can get a sit behind a couple of the quick beginners and make his run in the home straight.
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.33 25.33 6.61 6.76
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.00
Heat Replay
 
Allen Deed
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Jan Wheeler
Prizemoney
$192,860
Last 10 Starts
1162154761

December
2011

  Black   Dog   by  

Jarvis
Bale

Greta
Bale
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Very
Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,018 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 18 10 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 1 0
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – He got out well in his heat and I was happy because he can really run, he just needs a bit of room early. He is a very, very fast dog, he could win any race in Australia but he has to get a clear run early, if he doesn’t get it that will be the end of him.
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.06 25.06 6.62 6.62
Box 5
Race Odds
$23 
Heat Replay
 
Musquin Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$166,355
Last 10 Starts
38154431
April
2011
  Red
Fawn
  Dog   by   Dyna
Lachlan
Princess
Bale
Start Risky Running Rail Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $2,446 Rating 88
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
68 19 10 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28% 53%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 1 0
George Dailly (Co-Trainer) – He is a very strong dog. He is a bit like Allen Deed in that he can jump well once in a blue moon. If he was to get out and be close to them turning for home he is quite capable of winning it because he is strong.
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.24 25.42 6.62 6.62
Box 6
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Marcus Joe
Trainer
Barry Moloney
Owner
Barry Moloney
Prizemoney
$239,530
Last 10 Starts
1511737371

April
2011

  Brindle   Dog   by   Velocette Mojo
Glory
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,277 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
56 17 13 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 3 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 1 2
Barry Moloney (Trainer) – He is a good honest dog and he just keeps battling on. You have got to take what you get with box draws but I think he is better in box six than closer to the rails, I am optimistic about the whole thing, but he has still got to get out. We are happy enough, he is jumping around and ready to go.
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.34 25.34 6.64 6.64
Box 7
Race Odds
$8.50
Heat Replay
 
Agent Jack
Trainer
Steve McKenna
Owner
Forte Alcock Syndicate
Prizemoney
$30,475
Last 10 Starts
18165161
April
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Bekim
Bale
Flowering
Lily
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,523 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 11 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
55% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 0 0

Steve McKenna (Trainer) – He is not a very quick beginner. I am hoping the eight will cut across to the fence and that he will be left alone out wide. If it all goes well I think he will stay out there and if he gets a good run I think he will give it a good shake. I think he is one of the strongest dogs in the race, his run home times over 450 are unbelievable. The other dogs won’t want him two or three lengths off them swinging for home.

Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.14 25.14 6.73 6.73
Box 8
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
Secret Spell
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Paul Westerveld
Prizemoney
$75,900
Last 10 Starts
1211181
January
2013
  Black   Bitch   by   Batrim
Bale
Wicked
Witch
Start Excellent Running  Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $7,590 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 8 1 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
80% 90%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – I think she is well drawn. She likes to be off the track a little bit and she can dictate things a bit better out there, if she could run a place we would be wrapped because she is only a young girl.


Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.35 25.35 6.53 6.53
1st Res
Race Odds
$11
Heart Replay
 
Quarrel Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$15,055
Last 10 Starts
12112612
December
2012
  Brindle   Dog   by   Radley
Bale
Shaiane
Bale
Start Slow  Running Rail  Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,255  Rating  87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 6 3 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
50% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
Steve Collins (Trainer) – There is nothing between him and his brother (Ultima Bale) except that Quarrel Bale does begin a little bit better. They are both strong dogs and they have the same racing pattern. They are both looking like being really good race dogs. 
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.43

6.63 6.63
2nd Res
Race Odds
$17
Heat Replay
 
El Grand Seal
Trainer
Jeff Britton
Owner
Patchers Syndicate
Prizemoney
$52,710
Last 10 Starts
1341371612 
January
2012
  Fawn   Bitch   by   El
Grand
Senor
Sealin’
The
Deal
Start Excellent Running Rail  Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,647  Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 15 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
47% 75%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 2 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG Comments: Speedy front runner which is capable of bouncing straight on the bunny from any box. She could easily claim the lead and pinch a break if she were to gain a start.
Best Ballarat Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.24 6.51 6.51

Alled Deed (4) is obviously the proven class performer but, although he jumped much better than he usually does last week, he was still about one tenth off the first splits set by both Luca Neveelk (1) and Secret Spell (8).



If Allen Deed gets clear room early he will be too good for them all but it is a big ‘if’ given the fact that he is drawn in box four. One thing working in his favour is that most of the dogs around him are not overly quick early either so he just needs to begin with them to be in with a chance. However, I am going to be bold and risk him.



Secret Spell is one of the most exciting pups in the state and she faces a massive test here tonight, but there isn’t much speed on her inside and I think she should be able to handle herself well from the pink. She won her heat in 25.35 at what was her first start at Ballarat, expect to see plenty of improvement from her. She has great early speed and she is a winner over 500 so she will have no trouble running out the trip. 



Luca Neveelk only clocked 25.47 in winning his heat, but that was his first look at the track. From box one he is perfectly suited to bounce on the bunny. He is well suited over the trip and he should run it out strongly. 



Ultima Bale (2) is highly talented but is another not blessed with early toe and will need luck in the early stages. He is strong to the line so will be hoping to get a sit right behind Luca Neveelk.



Marcus Joe (6) is a group one winner and always races competitively at this level, he can never be discounted.



Agent Jack (7) finished his race of strongly last week and is probably boxed where he wants to be.



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