The fabulous Bendigo Goldrush Carnival goes in to full swing tonight on the fourth night of racing with four semi finals of the Rocky Ridge Farm Goldrush Maiden and, in stark contrast to last years ordinary turnout; there is eight heats of the Group 2 2009 $26,000 to the winner MTD Bendigo Cup.
Of course despite the weak numbers last years running of the Bendigo Cup started the fabulous run of wins for champion sprinter El Galo, when he went within a .5 of a length of erasing Slater’s Bendigo 430m Track Record and went on to annex the first of four Country Cups that year.
The history making didn’t end with the Bendigo Cup either as last year’s Goldrush Maiden winner, Uncrushable suffered a set back toward the end of last year but has now won 12 of 26 starts and career prizemoney of $38,450; and looked like she was back to her best with an impressive 25.35 last start best of night win at Geelong for trainer Cameron Bahen.
The 2008 Goldrush Maiden runner up hasn’t faired to badly in the last 12 months either, with the Wayne Vassallo trained Parracryl now topping $45,000 in prizemoney from 31 starts and 13 wins; with his best effort being a second place to Hanify’s Impact in the Group 2 2008 Shepparton Cup.
With greyhounds of the quality of Ned’s Pedro and Thanks To You breaking 24 seconds in their Goldrush Maiden Heats wins, it will again be worth following the careers of the young greyhounds that graduate from this Bendigo Goldrush Carnival series.
Rocky Ridge Farm Goldrush Maiden Semi Final 1
As mentioned earlier Thanks To You (Vapour Whirl ~ Thanks Blue) was the only other greyhound from the 24 Goldrush Maiden Heats to break the magical 24 second barrier. Starting from box 4 last week Thanks To You was never headed running a 6.45 first section, winning by 12.75 lengths. He won’t get it al his own way though with the Darren McDonald trained Arapilies (Where’s Pedro ~ Sue Jane) well drawn in box 2 and Embrocadero (Premier Fantasy ~ Swift Flyer) drawn in box 6. Have to trust Thanks To You will get a clear enough run from box 4 with slow beginners either side.
Selections : 1st Thanks To You – 2nd Embrocadero – 3rd Arapilies
Rocky Ridge Farm Goldrush Maiden Semi Final 2
Hard to go past the Darren Cairns trained Bombastic Wiggle (Elite State ~ Delicious Drop) who was a good 24.12 winner from box 1 running 6.43 early. Assuming she can handle the wide box, she has way too much early pace for all those inside her other than the Darren McDonald trained litter sister to Ned’s Pedro, One More Ruby (Where’s Pedro ~ Somerton Lass). One More Ruby started from box 1 last week as well and ran 6.45 early before running a 24.18 overall time. Not a lot between them but Bombastic Wiggle will not have to contend with too much traffic provided she goes straight at the start. The Barry Anderson trained Barelen Beauty (Black Enforcer ~ Barelen Queen) will have had plenty of track experience at Bendigo and is best drawn to take advantage of any interference.
Selections : 1st Bombastic Wiggle – 2nd One More Ruby – 3rd Barelen Beauty
Rocky Ridge Farm Goldrush Maiden Semi Final 3
Ned’s Pedro (Where’s Pedro ~ Somerton Lass) ran sectional splits of 6.50 and 12.52 before cruising to a 12 length victory in 23.78 last week, which was the best of the heats by a fair margin last week. Had a good draw there from box 8 and now has to contend with the 3 box. Fortunately has come up with a slow box dog in the 2 box and only has to avoid Galba Flash (Collide ~ Private Affair) long enough to establish some running room. Code One (Pure Octane ~ Sound Lee) is a litter brother to Ballarat 450m Track Record holder Pure Inspiration, as well as more than handy greyhounds Nitrane and Regal Blaze. Code One is drawn out in the 8 box and, although having to contend with the move from box 1 to box 8, obviously has plenty of the family ability running a flying 6.41 (best) early split last week before tiring to run 24.44. Code One will be improved by the run and will lead early and make Ned’s Pedro work for his win.
Selections : 1st Ned’s Pedro – 2nd Code One – 3rd Galba Flash
Rocky Ridge Farm Goldrush Maiden Semi Final 4
Zenith (Collision ~ Tarawi Tess) is drawn to advantage here and after leading in a 6.51 first section last week from box 7, finished off the run winning 5.25 lengths in 24.17. Amazingly finds himself drawn in the red in a semi final devoid of any real early pace, except for Booma Tige (Pure Octane ~ More Attitude) drawn right next to it in box 2. Those two should fight the race out early giving Sweet Jacuzzi (Kiowa Sweet Trey ~ Natuzzi), who is slow early but has plenty of pace, the right run in transit to get in to the placings.
Selections : 1st Zenith – 2nd Sweet Jaccuzi – 3rd Booma Tige
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 1
Speedy Pure Love is drawn to lead this race from box 6 but the 430m is absolutely as far as he wants it. Has a bit of a tendency to run off the track in to the home straight too and could well give a run to those behind. Naomi Cambaz looks the best of the others most likely to challenge with slow beginner Fitzy Bale drawn in the red. NSW greyhound Turbo Conquest would not be out of this but may struggle without a trial on the track.
Selections : 1st Naomi Cambaz – 2nd Pure Love – 3rd Turbo Conquest
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 2
Bendigo Greyhound track is perfectly suited to Tapian Bale’s style of racing and although out of form at one stage has returned 2 good last start wins here and at Ballarat. Drawn against one of the weaker heats, Tapian Bale just leads and wins. Wayward Uno Kissy is best drawn to get in to the placings and is first up for 2 months, while Shameless has enough early speed to take the sit behind Taipan Bale, but the not the ability to run him down.
Selections : 1st Taipan Bale – 2nd Uno Kissy – 3rd Shameless
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 3
Fidel Bale has the pace and the expertise to handle his box 6 draw here and has put 3 wins end on end from boxes 5,6and 8. If Vee Man Vane had been drawn outside of him we’d have jumped on, but from the 3 and after getting belted around in Geelong 347 race last start, doubt he’ll have the confidence to race well enough inside Fidel Bale to figure in the finish here. The Lionel Kraemer trained Bomber Lucas can handle a wide draw and is best placed to get the “cart over” from Fidel Bale while Grey Cherry is consistent enough to figure in the minors.
Selections : 1st Fidel Bale – 2nd Bomber Lucas – 3rd Grey Cherry
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 4
The Peter Giles trained Grease Monkey is more than a capable of leading here from box 5 and with a win already on the track back in January 2009 and a recent Geelong win, this son of Pure Octane ~ Ikari Lee should not be underestimated. Major Mission won the Group 2 Warragul Cup earlier this year and has obvious ability and Nikita Berriman is racing consistently and has enough early pace to hold her position in running.
Selections : 1st Grease Monkey – 2nd Major Mission – 3rd Nikita Berriman
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 5
Raymond Love drawing the inside in this heat makes the race very interesting. There is no doubting Raymond Love will tire quickly, but she is quick enough to hold the inside and annoy many of the better credentialled speedsters here, such as Hanify’s Impact and to a lesser extent Spence’s Shadow and Trekset, while Call Me Primo is perfectly boxed out in the 8. Call Me Primo has won all his 6 races from wide alleys and given the likelihood of chaos inside here, Call Me Primo probably gets the gun run. Spence’s Shadow is drawn to take advantage of Raymond Love as she tires in the run.
Selections : 1st Call Me Primo – 2nd Spence’s Shadow – 3rd Raymond Love
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 6
10 starts for 10 wins and if Darren McDonald could have bought a box it would have been this one, with Gardam Prince starting from box 8 here. Gardam Prince has already started at Bendigo running 23.75 and a first sectional of 6.31. There is nothing in this that can go with him in those times and from this box, he gets no pressure and will bolt in. Horsham Cup Finalist Jarvis Bale is next best of the rest on paper and returned to form with a good last start come from behind win at Sandown, but Railway Max has an ideal draw, early pace and a good 30.01 Meadows win to his credit from this draw.
Selections : 1st Gardam Prince – 2nd Railway Max – 3rd Jarvis Bale
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 7
The Peter Giles trained Our Wilbur is unbeaten in 3 runs from the red box and has Outback City boxed outside him to run cover for him. Healesvile Cup winner Holey Moley is well darwn out in the 8 box and should be able to easily claim second in the run outside the leader by the corner and has already won here in 23.90. Doubt Fedex will deliver once he gets headed early but is good enough to finish in front of the others.
Selections : 1st Our Wilbur – 2nd Holey Moley – 3rd Fedex
MTD Bendigo Cup Heat 8
Have to wait for the last heat for the bet of the night in Kendale Bale. The 2008 Horsham Cup winner had lost all form under Peter Hunt, but is firing now back in the Graeme Bate kennel having won his last 2 in a row in flying times of 25.33 at Geelong and 26.91 at Horsham. Doesn’t matter what happens in the run here, he just wins; but will probably lead anyway. Snobbery has enough good form on the track to suggest he can take the trail behind Kendale Bale and Parracryl, last years Goldrush Maiden runner up, is too good not to make up the placings.
Selections : 1st Kendale Bale – 2nd Snobbery – 3rd Parracryl