2015 Group Two Warragul Cup final preview

FIRST run in 1956, the Warragul Cup has been won by some true champions.

Names such as Tempix, Chariot Supreme, Hotshot, Carlisle Jack and El Grand Señor are on the honour roll and on Friday night another star will carve its name alongside the greats.

This year’s edition is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting affair with a talented field chasing the $45,000 winner’s cheque. 



The clear favourite is Luca Neveelk (box one), which scored a gutsy win in his heat last week when defeating the classy Big Ticket (five), a finalist in December’s Hobart Thousand. Both chasers are right in the race, however, Luca Neveelk has been greatly assisted by drawing box one. 



The race looks to have plenty of speed with Jubilea Bale (box two), Narralee and Ronray Spirit (eight) all capable of challenging Luca Neveelk and Big Ticket for the early lead. 



Despite not being a lid-pinger, Ride The Rails also looks a massive chance after his scintillating 25.49 heat win for trainer Kelly Bravo. The black dog has a massive motor and will just need a bit of clear room early to be able to put himself in the race.



Let’s have a look at each runner individually and hear what Australian Racing Greyhound’s expert tipster, Brad Bugeja, had to say.

Box 1
Race Odds
$2.30
 
 
Luca Neveelk
Trainer
Gerald Kleeven
Owner
Paul Kleeven
Prizemoney
$210,365
Last 10 Starts
1131811121
May
2012
  Blue   Dog   by   Talk’s
Cheap
It’s
A
Neveelk
Start Excellent Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $6,574 Rating 100
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
32 25 1 3
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
78 91
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 3 0 0
       
Box 1 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
5 3 0 2
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Class act and already a multiple Country Cup winner. Last week he was fair to begin but he showed a great turn of foot to assume control. He appeared to get a little tired in the run home but he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run and I would expect him to hit the line better here. He is drawn to lead and if he does hold them out I can’t see anything reeling him in.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.71 25.71 6.47 6.47
Box 2
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Jubilea Bale
Trainer
Jenny Hunt
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$33,101
Last 10 Starts
1421342221
May
2012
  Black   Bitch   by   Collision Nelly
Bale
Start Good Running Middle Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $788 Rating 40
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
42 14 7 4
       
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
33 60
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 0 0
       
Box 2 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 1 0 1
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Surprised a few with her heat win last week and she is likely to find this beyond her. She does her best racing when she can lead and I don’t think she has enough pace to cross the red. This is a big rise in class and I can’t see her hitting the scoreboard.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.79 25.79 6.46 6.46
Box 3
Race Odds
$2.90
Heat Replay
 
Caustic Bale
Trainer
Steve Collins
Owner
Paul Wheeler
Prizemoney
$16,440
Last 10 Starts
3511173411
December
2012
  Brindle   Dog   by   Batrim
Bale
Tonneli
Bale
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $913 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
18 8 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
44 67
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 3 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Freakish talent who has tremendous pace when he is given room. He used the red draw to advantage when winning his heat in a dazzling 25.58 and if given a clean run early he becomes a major player. The big concern with him is he doesn’t have great box manners and he doesn’t like to be crowded in his races. I’d prefer to risk him here as he doesn’t look well placed.”

Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.58 25.58 6.53 6.53
Box 4
Race Odds
$3.80
 
 
Ride The Rails
Trainer
Kelly Bravo
Owner
Nadine Brown
Prizemoney
$125,830
Last 10 Starts
2631123111

October
2011

  Black   Dog   by   Cosmic
Chief
Pearl
Napoleon
Start Risky Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,374 Rating 90
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
53 20 14 7
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
38 77
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 4 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
9 6 2 0
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Fastest heat winner here last week in 25.49 and if he pings the lids again he will really test Luca Neveelk. There is no doubting his talent and high speed but he normally doesn’t begin like that and with just a fair getaway he may get squeezed out early. He is obviously a great winning chance but he is going to need some luck in the first 50m.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.49 25.49 6.53 6.53
Box 5
Race Odds
$18
 
 
Big Ticket
Trainer
Steven Clarke
Owner
Pat Sofra
Prizemoney
$31,090
Last 10 Starts
2151511412
December
2012
 

Black

  Dog   by   Fabregas Bella
Portrait
Start Good Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,943 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 9 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
56 81
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 2 0
Box 5 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: “Appeared to have Luca Neveelk beaten in his heat but just seemed to die on his run in the last 30m. The box draw hasn’t done him any favours because like Caustic Bale and Ride The Rails, he isn’t a great box dog and he takes a few strides to get going, however, unlike the other two he has been put up at $15+ fixed and that is massive overs. He started equal favourite in the Hobart Thousand final and one out he is just as talented as any chaser in this event. He isn’t my top pick but at that price I’m willing to take a chance.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.69 25.72 6.45 6.51
Box 6
Race Odds
$10
Heat Replay
 
Sisco Rage
Trainer
John Galea
Owner
John Galea
Prizemoney
$116,155
Last 10 Starts
2333131112
February
2012
  Black   Dog   by   High
Earner
Sisco
Power
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Strong
Prizemoney Rating $1,613 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
72 20 11 13
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
28 61
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box 6 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
6 2 0 1
ARG’s Brad Bugeja: Is one of the hottest chasers in training and his heat effort was enormous. After beginning slowly he worked his way through the field and he was taking a heap of ground off Caustic Bale in the run home. I don’t think he can win but he is a must for your exotics as he will be hitting the line very hard.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.65 25.65 6.64 6.64
Box 7
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Narralee
Trainer
Stephen Creighton
Owner
Mother & Sons Syndicate
Prizemoney
$13,225
Last 10 Starts
1135211151
January
2013
  Black   Bitch   by Aston
Galilee
  Prince’s
Faye
Start Good Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,102 Rating 60
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
12 7 1 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
58 75
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
2 2 0 0
Box 7 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 0 1

ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Absolutely faultless beginner and her early sectionals are good enough to match any chaser in this event. I don’t think she has the class to hold them off in the run home but if she crosses the red early she may be able to sneak away mid race. I dont think she will win but she is over the odds and her early speed could cause some mayhem in this race.”

Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.74 25.74 6.43 6.43
Box 8
Race Odds
$12
 
 
Ronray Spirit
Trainer
Terrence Reid
Owner
Irena Steele
Prizemoney
$14,645
Last 10 Starts
7311151111
December
2012
  Black   Dog   by   Cosmic
Rumble
Ronray
Disco
Start Good Running Rail Finish Fair
Prizemoney Rating $976 Rating 85
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
15 10 0 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
67 80
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 1 0 0
Box 8 Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
4 2 0 2
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:He is an exciting talent and he is my smokey for the final. He is drawn to get a nice cart across in the early stages from Narralee and he looked impressive when scoring in 25.67 here last week. Two starts back he flew around Ballarat in 24.94 and after having his first look at the track here last week he should have derived a lot of benefit from that run. He could be around the $16 mark for the final and that is over the odds.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.67 25.67 6.46 6.46
1st Res
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Alex’s Entity
Trainer
Kel Greenough
Owner
Maureen Barry
Prizemoney
$33,965
Last 10 Starts
1131111412
May
2012
  Black
and
White
  Dog   by Vee
Man
Vane
 

Girl
Aloud

Start Risky Running Middle Good Strong
Prizemoney Rating $2,123 Rating 65
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
16 9 2 2
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
56 81
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
3 2 1 0
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Class type who has won two of three here and his placing in the heat was impressive. If he could draw the red or pink he would have a great chance because that would allow him to drive through into a prominent position. He is unlikely to gain a run but he would have claims if he did start.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.72 25.72 6.54 6.64
2nd Res
Race Odds
$26
 
 
Droopys Bentley
Trainer
Thomas O’Donovan
Owner
Michael Dunphy
Prizemoney
$18,460
Last 10 Starts
1381262142
June
2012
  Black
and White
  Dog   by  

Westmead
Hawk

Droopys
Orleans
Start Moderate Running Rail Finish Good
Prizemoney Rating $1,420 Rating 80
Career Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
13 6 3 1
Strike Rates
Win % Place %
46 77
Track & Dist.
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
1 0 1 0
Box – Record
Starts 1st 2nd 3rd
ARG’s Brad Bugeja:Super talent who hit the line well in his heat, he is still learning the caper but in the future he is going to be a major player in Group race events. Unlikely to start but like Alex’s Entity he would have some claims if he gained a start.”
Best Warragul Times
Best Last Sect. Best Sect. Last
25.72 25.72 6.66 6.66

Top Four: 1 – 8 – 5 – 4

Suggested bets:

Win bets on Luca Neveelk and Ronray Spirit (obviously more on Luca Neveelk)

Quinella: 1 to rove with 4,5,8 ($3 for 100%)

Exacta: 1,5,8/1,4,5,8 ($9 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1/4,5,8/Field ($18 for 100%)

Trifecta: 1,5,8/1,4,5,8/1,4,5,6,7,8 ($36 for 100%)