2014 Group Two Bendigo Cup Preview

Five heats of the 2014 Group Two Bendigo Cup over 425 metres were conducted at Lords Raceway on Wednesday night, and for greyhound purists, all went to script perfectly. The final promises to be one of the most exciting races ever conducted by the Bendigo Club, with a star studded field being bought together to contest the Cup on Easter Sunday evening.

Not only does the event have two of the best one turn dogs in training competing, in Paw Licking and Black Magic Opal, the added interest of having a local finalist in Matt’s Entity also gives the occasion that extra flavour which some group races tend to lack.

While the Jason Thompson trained Black Magic Opal was awesome in his heat win in 23.417, a new track record, Paw Licking also showed he has the goods when semaphoring 23.61 in his heat victory. Throw in Deadly Vane for Brooke Ennis who ran 23.52 and defending champion Ronan Izmir, the speed will certainly be on.

However, for local enthusiasts, the fact that one of their own has a runner in Bendigo’s marquee event for 2014 adds another dimension to the race. Locally prepared Matt’s Entity for Scott McKenzie displayed all the brilliant speed for which he is renowned in his stunning heat win, exploding out of box three and leading throughout in 23.65. Plenty of locals will be cheering for him in the hopes he may cause an upset.

Three runners qualified by running second in their heats, namely Top Secret, Empire Allen and Veyron Bale, and have drawn boxes four, five and six respectively in the decider. While all are deserving of their place, it’s difficult to see any of them upstaging their more fancied rivals from their awkward draws.

The 2014 Group 2 Skilled Training Victoria Bendigo Cup will be race 8 on the program Sunday scheduled to start at 7.31pm.

Box 1
Race Odds
$3.80
Heat Replay
 
Paw Licking
Trainer
Kel Greenough
Owner
Allan Lang
Prizemoney
$386,850.00
Last 10 Starts
1231222111
37 Months   White & Black   Dog   by   Elite State Kingsbrae Di
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $7,299.00 Rating 99
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
53 31 11 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 5 1
Comments: ARG opinion is – Champion greyhound that has drawn prime position on the rails. Missed the start slightly in the heats but mustered well from box eight. Expected to begin much better this time around. If he lobs on the bunny he will be tough to catch.

 

Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.59 23.61 6.50 6.58
Box 2
Race Odds 
$1.70
Heat Replay
 
Black Magic Opal
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Black Opal Syndicate
Prizemoney
$536,465.00
Last 10 Starts
1216162111
35 Months   Black   Dog   by   Magic Sprite Awesome Opal
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $12,192.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
44 33 6 0
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
75% 89%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Short-priced favourite after breaking the track record in the heats. He will be in an early pace duel with Paw Licking. Whoever gets the better of that duel will loom as the likely winner.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.42 23.42 6.47 6.47
Box 3
Race Odds
$6.50
Heat Replay
 
Ronan Izmir
Trainer
Jason Thompson
Owner
Sally Burns
Prizemoney
$244,155.00
Last 10 Starts
1331111421
39 Months   Black   Dog   by   Elite State Adhara Izmir
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $4,695.00 Rating 98
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
52 32 6 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
62% 85%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 5 0 1
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 6 0 0
Comments: ARG opinions is – Reigning Bendigo Cup champion who won his heat last week in 23.86. Will need to improve on last week’s heat time to emerge as a winning chance.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.62 23.86 6.45 6.57
Box 4
 Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Top Secret
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Paul Westerveld
Prizemoney
$25,540.00
Last 10 Starts
4337148222

25 Months

  Black   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale Witch Fantasy
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,418.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 4 7 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
22% 72%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 1 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Young chaser who is facing a big rise in class in this final field. Does not have the early pace to cross the inside division, so he will struggle from the box draw.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 23.70 6.62 6.62
Box 5
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Empire Allen
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$56,395.00
Last 10 Starts
1332832522
31 Months   Black   Dog   by   Fear Zafonic Dyna celeste
Start Good Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $1,312.00 Rating 94
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 9 10 13
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
21% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0  0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Consistent chaser who ran a very good race behind Paw Licking last week, beaten just over a length. He is an each-way chance at odds.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 23.68 6.61 6.61
Box 6
Race Odds
$26.00
Heat Replay
 
Veyron Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$85,140.00
Last 10 Starts
41734F7662
37 Months   Black   Dog   by   Meticulous Blachura Bale
Start Moderate Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $,351.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
63 15 11 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
24% 51%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 0 2 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 1 3 2
Comments: ARG opinion is – Recent form has been ordinary but he did run second to Black Magic Opal, beaten four lengths. Is only moderate away and doesn’t have a great record from box six. Will need some luck.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 23.67 6.64 6.66
Box 7
Race Odds
$7.50
Heat Replay
 
Deadly Vane
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Braden Finn
Prizemoney
$43,790.00
Last 10 Starts
5115158111
27 Months   Blue   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane Surfing Idol
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,432.00 Rating 97
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 11 0 0
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
61% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2  2  0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 1 0 0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Talented youngster that is no stranger to Group race finals. He scorched around the circuit last week in 23.52 and a repeat of that will put him well and truly in the race.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.52 23.52 6.57 6.61
Box 8
Race Odds
$12.00
Heat Replay
 
Matt’s Entity
Trainer
Scott McKenzie
Owner
Scott McKenzie
Prizemoney
$56,320.00
Last 10 Starts
1211111311
34 Months   White & Blue   Dog   by   Vee Man Vane Top Entity
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,043.00 Rating 95
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
54 32 13 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
59% 49%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 4  0  1
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 7 3  0
Comments: ARG opinion is – Honest chaser who is very consistent. Looks well boxed outside and is poised to strike if there is any interference amongst the inside division. Big each-way chance.
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
23.57 23.65 6.46 6.46
1st Res
Race Odds
$SCR
Heart Replay
 
Whata Good Size – SCRATCHED
Trainer
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Track & Dist.
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Box Record
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Comments: Scratched
Best Bendigo Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
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2nd Res
Race Odds
$SCR
Heat Replay
 
Quara Bale – SCRATCHED
Trainer
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Prizemoney
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Career Record
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Track & Dist.
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Box Record
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Comments: Scratched
Best Bendigo Times
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