2014 Group Two Bendigo Cup Preview

Bendigo hosts Group Two racing on Friday night with the final of the Bendigo Cup taking place. Eight greyhounds will exit the boxes for the 425 metre trip at 9:10pm.

Many have commented that the field isn’t the strongest field to contest the Bendigo Cup (dogs the ilk of Black Magic Opal and Paw Licking contested the last Cup final), but the winner still gets to walk away with the $45,000 cheque and Group honours.

There are plenty of chances in this open field. Here is a look at the form-guide and some comments on each of the finalist’s hopes:

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.50
Heat Replay
 
Pippa Shiraz
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Treloar Syndicate
Prizemoney
$77,235.00
Last 10 Starts
4713342F11
43 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Bombastic Shiraz Phiona
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $1,246.00 Rating 96
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
62 18 15 9
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
29% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 3 2 2
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “I have the two slowest qualifiers so I am not overly confident. However, in saying that I have drawn really well as they have drawn the boxes they ewant. I’m not underestimating the fact that other dogs went quicker.”
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
24.07 24.07 6.59 6.59
Box 2
Race Odds
$16.00
Heat Replay
 
Flying Bolt
Trainer
Andrew Mooney
Owner
Andrew Mooney
Prizemoney
$26,065.00
Last 10 Starts
6573812671
38 Months   Black & White   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane Itza Choker
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $457.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
57 14 9 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 47%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
17 5 3 1
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 1 1 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Returned to the winner’s circle last week in a big upset, scoring at odds of 45/1. He is a track specialist but is a steady beginner and that may work against him in a Group final.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.58 23.93 6.48 6.56
Box 3
Race Odds
$5.50
Heat Replay
 
Zipping Snoopy
Trainer
Peter Dapiran
Owner
Hallinan Syndicate
Prizemoney
$16,380.00
Last 10 Starts
1741363241
29 Months   Red Fawn   Dog   by   Mantra Lad Cho Chang
Start Good Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $745.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
22 6 5 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 1 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Fastest heat winner who had his first win since April when taking out his Bendigo Cup heat. He was able to lead all the way from box three, the box he has drawn for this final. It will be interesting to see if he can repeat last week’s performance.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.68 23.68 6.55 6.55
Box 4
Race Odds
$4.20
Heat Replay
 
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
P Kleeven
Prizemoney
$33,025.00
Last 10 Starts
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26 Months

  Blue   Dog   by  

Talk’s Cheap

It’s A Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,540.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 12 0 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
92% 100%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Extremely talented greyhound who gets his chance to prove himself in his first Group race final. He has won 12 from 13 and with that kind of record, it is hard to bet against him.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.87 23.87 6.60 6.60
Box 5
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
White Spyro
Trainer
Craig Davis
Owner
Craig Davis
Prizemoney
$33,185.00
Last 10 Starts
3222311131
26 Months   White & Black   Bitch   by   Disintergrate Hanify’s Elite
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish

Good

Prizemoney Rating $1,229.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 10 4 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 2 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 4 1 2
Comments: ARG opinion is – Flew out last week and a repeat of that will see her leading this field. If she can get to the front, she may just cause the upset.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.79 23.79 6.48 6.48
Box 6
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Elite Devil
Trainer
Michelle Mallia-Magri
Owner
J Rosser
Prizemoney
$26,865.00
Last 10 Starts
1764342121
33 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Collision Fourpeat Elite
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $726.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
37 10 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
27% 68%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 3 0
Comments: Michelle Mallia-Magri (Trainer) – “I’m hoping he wins. He is in with a big chance. There is no pace on his outside and the dog on his inside has pace so that might pull him out of the box. I would rather be drawn closer to the rail. He loves Bendigo and trialled 23.79 as a pup. Every dog is in with a chance. Most of the dogs in the final are strong but have no early pace so if you can begin well and run a strong 500 you can win it.”
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.86 23.86 6.61 6.61
Box 7
Race Odds
$4.50
Heat Replay
 
Warrior King
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
T S Wales Syndicate
Prizemoney
$82,780.00
Last 10 Starts
2112344451
28 Months   Red Brindle   Dog   by   Turanza Bale Flamenco
Start Fair Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,670.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 11 6 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
35% 77%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Class dog of the field who has been in and placed in a number of Group finals. His form had been an bit off since the Easter Egg but he performed strongly last weekm suggesting he may be coming back into form. He is a fair beginner bit can show pace if he gets the room. He can’t be written off in this field.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.48 23.84 6.72 6.72
Box 8
Race Odds
$5.00
Heat Replay
 
Senor Socks
Trainer
Robert Britton
Owner
Senor Syndicate
Prizemoney
$19,115.00
Last 10 Starts
1151681111
27 Months   Black & White   Dog   by   El Grand Senor Irish Fantasy
Start Risky Running Wide Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $956.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
20 12 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
60% 70%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
Comments: Robert Britton (Trainer) – “I have the two slowest qualifiers so I am not overly confident. However, in saying that I have drawn really well as they have drawn the boxes they ewant. I’m not underestimating the fact that other dogs went quicker.”
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
24.06 24.06 6.66 6.66
1st Res
Race Odds
$31.00
Heart Replay
 
Top Secret
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
P Westerveld
Prizemoney
$27,230.00
Last 10 Starts
7148222832
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale Witch Fantasy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,297.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
21 4 8 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
19% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 0 2 1
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Made the final of the earlier instalment of the Bendigo Cup this year but ran last to Paw Licking. He then went on to have a month off an returned to racing in early June for two placings. He is a young dog that is showing plenty of talent but he will need some luck if he gets a start.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 23.89 6.60 6.63
2nd Res
Race Odds
$6.00
Heat Replay
 
My Kinda Music
Trainer
Alan Pringle
Owner
J Jones
Prizemoney
$33,670.00
Last 10 Starts
1111413182
29 Months   Black   Bitch   by   El Grand Senor Ice Dancer
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,871.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 83%
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: Fast bitch who is an each way chance if she gets a run. Performed well at her first look at the track behind fastest heat winner Zipping Snoopy.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 23.93 6.63 6.63

This is a hard race to pick as the best boxed dog (Pippa Shiraz) is the slowest qualifier. She has only been unplaced once from eight starts from the rails alley. It is always a bonus to lead a Group race as it gives you more of a chance. She will need to lead to factor but given her record from the box she is an each-way chance. In a similar situation is Senor Socks. He recorded 24.06 last week from box eight. He has drawn that box again and the wide alley suits him down to the ground. The trainer of both these greyhounds has stated that the box draw brings these two dogs into the race.

The middle boxes look to hold the key to the race. Fastest heat winner Zipping Snoopy is in box three and next to him in box four is star on the rise, Luca Neveelk. The yellow rug will be donned by White Spyro, who recorded the fastest first section last week and a repeat of that will see her leading again. Luca Neveelk should improve on his run from last week as it was his first race start at the track last week. He has won his last 10 races, which is outstanding for any greyhound and he would not look out of place with a Group win to his name.

Class can never be ignored, so Warrior King, from box seven, has to be given some consideration. He is an experienced Group campaigner and has a flying 23.48 to his credit at the track.

Of the others, Elite Devil loves Bendigo but he has to contend with a tricky box six draw. Flying Bolt, from box two, is unlikely to salute at big odds two weeks in a row.