2014 Group Two McKenna Memorial Preview

Xylia Allen versus the rest of the world.

Some of Australia’s most consistent middle distance chasers will line up against a superstar of the loam on Thursday night at Sandown when they vie for the $40,000 first prize in the Group Two McKenna Memorial.

The race will be contested over the 595 metre journey and is race nine on the card which is scheduled to jump at 9:35pm.

With a field of such professional conveyances assembled it will be the greyhound who makes no mistakes who is likely to win the event.

Here is a look at the field with comments from connections;

Box 1
Race Odds
$1.20
Heat Replay
 
Xylia Allen
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Janice Wheeler
Prizemoney
$634,975.00
Last 10 Starts
3314111111
39 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Turanza Bale Tayah Bale
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $9,071.00 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
70 34 10 11
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
49% 79%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
8 6 1 01
Comments: ARG opinion is – The undisputed Queen of Australian greyhound racing who looks to have this race at her mercy. She will be afforded every opportunity with two wide runners drawn on her immediate outside. She has shown a ton of tenacity to come from behind in her last two wins and is devastating from the front as well. If she lobs on the bunny it will be a case of eyes on the clock. She is the one to beat.

 

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
33.79 34.18 9.11 9.43
Box 2
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Great Spartacus
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
You Know It Company Sydnicate
Prizemoney
$50,310.00
Last 10 Starts
5284733211
33 Months   Fawn   Dog   by   Dyna Lachlan Runway Model
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,398.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
36 9 8 6
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
25% 64%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 1 1
Comments: Kelly Bravo (Trainer) – “I was pretty happy with his run last week, it was his first 595 metre race and it was a bit of a gamble putting him in. He pulled up well after running on over 515 metres the week before so we thought we would giver it a go. He likes to get out to the centre of the track which is a bit of a worry, he can handle the inside boxes okay because he has a bit of early pace, but realistically I think we are running for a place, Xylia Allen is just a champion.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.35 34.35 9.12 9.12
Box 3
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
Tarks Nemesis
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Champagne Partnership Syndicate
Prizemoney
$99,860.00
Last 10 Starts
1651112171
33 Months   Blue   Bitch   by   Velocette Skrat
Start Excellent Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,221.00 Rating 92
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 10 5 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
32% 55%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 0 0
Comments: Angela Langton (Trainer) – “I was very happy with last week’s run because she had come back a little bit sore after Brisbane. She likes to use the track a little bit too so maybe I’d have preferred her drawn in the six. She can go quicker than last week if she isn’t headed but it is going to be a very tough race, Xylia Allen is a champion and racing very well.”

 

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.29 34.29 9.12 9.12
Box 4
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
Musquin Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$145,300.00
Last 10 Starts
1211255511

39 Months

  Red Fawn   Dog   by   Dyna Lachlan Princess Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $3,027.00 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
48 15 10 4
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
31% 60%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 1 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 1 0
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “He will have to lead if he is going to win, you can not give Xylia Allen a start and think that you are any hope of beating her. He will need to jump.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.20 34.29 9.11 9.11
Box 5
Race Odds
$14.00
Heat Replay
 
Dream It
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Dream on Dreamer Syndicate
Prizemoney
$120,625.00
Last 10 Starts
1112851141
33 Months   Brindle   Dog   by   Bartrim Bale Ondina Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish

Strong

Prizemoney Rating $3,446.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
35 17 4 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
49% 69%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 1 2 0
Comments: Jamie Ennis (Co-Trainer) – “We are going to need a lot of luck, our best chance is probably if Musquin Bale comes out fast and crosses the field and we can go with him. But really the race looks perfectly set up for Xylia Allen, especially with Great Spartacus in box two wanting to use the track. I think Xylia Allen is $1.20 in fixed odds betting and she deserves to be. We did win the race with Strong Intention a few years ago and he was a $12 or $14 chance so stranger things have happened.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.17 34.17 9.12 9.12
Box 6
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Heidi Go Seek
Trainer
Angela Langton
Owner
Ceejayo Syndicate
Prizemoney
$100,460.00
Last 10 Starts
1164252341
40 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Talk’s Cheap Ceejay’s Vixen
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,794.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
56 20 11 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
36% 61%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 3 0 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
10 3 3 0
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She did really well to run those dogs down last week. She is getting on a bit and has had quite a few starts. She will be quite valuable to us as a brood bitch. She has done well to make the final and will need luck to be in the finish.”

 

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.25 34.45 9.09 9.44
Box 7
Race Odds
$10.00
Heat Replay
 
Mepunga Tiara
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Barry Smith
Prizemoney
$66,690.00
Last 10 Starts
3121325322
31 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Premier Fantasy Mepunga Opal
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $2,151.00 Rating 89
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
31 7 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
23% 71%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 2 1
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Comments: Angela Langton (Co-Trainer) – “She just needs that little bit of early pace back again. She tries so hard and is always thereabouts at the finish, I’d just love to be able to see her near the front early.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.15 34.27 9.17 9.44
Box 8
Race Odds
$21.00
Heat Replay
 
Searle Bale
Trainer
Andrea Dailly
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$51,445.00
Last 10 Starts
1573328142
39 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Dyna Lachlan Princess Bale
Start Risky Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $935.00 Rating 91
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
55 10 8 8
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
18% 47%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 1 2 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 1 2 2
Comments: Tom Dailly (Co-Trainer) – “I was pretty happy with her run last week. The wide box is not going to be a problem provided that she comes out. If she lobs she could be a sneaky chance at big odds.”
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.08 34.31 9.13 9.16
1st Res
Race Odds
$6.00
Heart Replay
 
My Bro Fabio
Trainer
Brooke Ennis
Owner
Michelle Jones
Prizemoney
$43,905.00
Last 10 Starts
5213312422
28 Months   Black   Dog   by   Turanza Bale Flamenco
Start Slow Running Middle Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,626.00 Rating 87
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
27 10 7 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
37% 74%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 0 2 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Run on dog who would be in the mix for a place if he gains a start.

 

Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
NBT 34.32 9.57 9.57
2nd Res
Race Odds
$18.00
Heat Replay
 
Cosmic Wise
Trainer
Jeffrey Britton
Owner
Brona Lane Racing Syndicate
Prizemoney
$59,300.00
Last 10 Starts
7313152122
34 Months   Black   Bitch   by   Cosmic Chief Wise Penny
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,379.00 Rating 93
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
43 13 9 6
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
30% 65%
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
7 2 4 0
Box Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
N/A N/A N/A N/A
Comments: Consistent on pacer who rarely runs a bad race. Will need to be at her best to to compete here.
Best Sandown Park Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
34.17 34.34 9.09 9.09

On paper, Xylia Allen simply wins this race every time. She is entitled to start a very short favourite and is expected to win. It will take an out of character performance to see her lose.

There is plenty of pace in the race from Great Spartacus (2), Tarks Nemesis (3), Musquin Bale (4), Mepunga Tiara (7) and Searle Bale (8).

With both Great Spartacus and Tarks Nemesis being wide runners, Xylia Allen should get plenty of room to move.

Dream It (5) is likely to need luck early on to avoid trouble.

Heidi Go Seek (6) will be doing her best work in the concluding stages.