Welcome to Australian Racing Greyhound’s free Greyhound Racing Tips for Sunday 8th March 2009. Last night looked like being a very good night to recoup some lost ground, but like most things on the punt; it never panned out that way. Several of our good bets, missed the start and found trouble while still looking likely, and others like Vintage Octane just worked too hard to find the lead early and were sitting ducks for good dogs like Gunnadoo Magic to run them down.
There were no more additions to the NTTBA File, and in fact all greyhounds with the exception of No Dingo (dissapointing – looked as though he should’ve run the winner down), can be backed with confidence at their next starts.
Those laying our tips on Betfair had an enjoyable night with several of our tips in to favourite or second favourite, and only two short priced winners to blot the copybook. Again with out risking very much at all, our Betfair layers showed an $87 profit on the night.
Tonight we have an excellent program of greyhound racing for a Sunday, principally from Horsham (Victoria) with the running of the 2009 Group 2 Westside Tabaret Horsham Cup Final and the final of the Horsham VBIS Maiden Series. Horsham is supported by greyhound racing from Bulli (New South Wales) and Canberra (ACT).
Horsham is one of the best and safest tracks in Australia and gives every dog and your punting dollar a good run for your money, especially over the 470m distance. The short 336m trip can be dangerous to your bankroll as inside boxes are heavily favoured and there is usually plenty of interference behind the leader. The 570m distance, although a corner start is probably one of the fairer corner starts and good dogs should get their chance.
Bulli, like Horsham, is one of the bigger one turn tracks in the country and again gives every dog a chance. The 400m and 472m starts run largely very fairly with only a slight bias to the inside box over the 400m trip. The 515m trip is again another corner start and heavily favours the two inside boxes. The 695m starts being a longer distance on a big sweeping track gives every dog their chance despite the short run to the first corner.
Canberra, like most regional clubs, suffers generally from a lack of depth in the fields and frequently a lack of exposed form. Punters who like their money should stay away from the 310m races, and the corner start 440m races. The 530m races can bet on with some confidence.
Horsham – Race 4 – Box 8 – Kinka Bale
Kinka Bale was a very good second to Spiral Glory at this track and distance in the Horsham Cup Heats on Wednesday night. Although beaten 5 lengths and a little slow early, this field is nowhere near the quality of Wednesday’s race and Kinka Bale should get the perfect run from the wide box. Won’t be flash odds, but won’t lose either.
Horsham – Race 5 – Box 8 – Freddy Flathead
Freedy Flathead looks a graded certainty up against a few 1 and 2 win greyhounds and some moderate others. A 30.30 Meadows winner back in January 2009, he has mixed his form a little since that win, but does have the ability to show early pace and should prevail off this wide draw where he has had two starts for a win and a 2nd.
Horsham – Race 6 – Box 1 – Uno Express
From the strong Mugavin damlines, Uno Express has found form at Horsham winning his last two starts impressively. It’s difficult to understand where that form was for his first 9 starts but being a Primo Uno, we have to assume the dog has now found confidence and will go on with it. Drawing box 1 in tonight’s VBIS Maiden Series Final the son of Primo Uno ~ Killarney Magic has the ability to lead and hold the inside and if that happens he will be way too strong for anything else to run him down.
Horsham – Race 7 – Box 1 – More Than Ready
This Darren Fisher/Simone Britton trained runner has the unlikely record of 1 win from 14 starts and finds himself up against some greyhounds with much better records. However this son of Bond ~ Power Of Magic had a good 27.31 win off this box on this track to win his maiden and ran second at his only other attempt from this box again at Horsham. Bond’s progeny tend to grow a leg when drawn near the inside or drawn to lead and with two slow beginners to his outside this dog should give a great site for backers.
Horsham – Race 8 – Box 1 – Cyclone Ned
The 2009 Group 2 Westside Tabaret Horsham Cup Final won last year by Kendale Bale, again has good representation from the Bale’s with Taipan Bale and Jarvis Bale engaged, while Spiral Glory is a son of Spiral Nakita ~ Brittney Bale. The early pace in the race looks like going the way of Taipan Bale (box 6) who missed the start slightly in yesterday’s $12,500 to the winner Healesville Cup and then found trouble finishing 2 lengths from eventual winner Holey Moley. Hanify’s Impact (box 8) is drawn to apply pressure from the outside which is where she wants to be since Surgeon attacked her in the 2008 Group 1 Melbourne Cup. The interesting runner is the red boxed Cyclone Ned, last week he held second to the corner behind Hanify’s Impact and then wobbled around the corner like an old goat before putting his head down again in the straight and making up many lengths to run Hanify’s Impact down to .75 length in 27.21. This son of Big Daddy Cool ~ Cyclone Kelly has the pace to stay in touch with the leaders and make things interesting on the corner if he decides to run off again. Neither Taipan Bale or Hanify’s Impact is particularly strong and Cyclone Ned could just be the knockout dog. If for some reason Taipan Bale and Hanify’s Impact don’t lead, Velocette will be very hard to beat if he gets anywhere near the leaders. A difficult race but happy to go with Cyclone Ned at the odds.
Bulli – Race 5 – Box 1 – Gold Slammer
Recent Group 2 2009 Wentworth Park Gold Cup winner Gold Slammer looks ideally placed in this 4/5th grade 659m event. Gold Slammer won the Gold Cup leading almost all the way off box 5 and there is no reason he will not repeat the performance here off this draw against extremely moderate opposition in a small field. A graded certainty.
Bulli – Race 6 – Box 8 – Dentax Bale
Smart up and comer Dentax Bale has the pace to lead off box 8 and run away with this race. This son of Collision ~ Maple Bale is trained by the Wheeler family for themselves and has had 6 starts overall for 5 wins and is undefeated from 3 starts at Bulli. With a first section time of 10.03 and a very quick 19.68 second section at his last start here, Dentax Bale looks like a dog going places and will win this easily.
Bulli – Race 7 – Box 3 – Zambola Bale
Dentax Bale’s litter brother and kennelmate doesn’t quite have the same ability of his brother but nevertheless has the good record of 3 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts with 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts at Bulli. Not blessed with the same early pace as Dentax Bale, Zambola Bale is a very strong greyhound who can make his own luck given enough room. A last start best of day 26.61 winner at this track and distance, Zambola Bale should be too good.
Bulli – Race 9 – Box 1 – Mr Bolt
As we said earlier Bond progeny tend to grow a leg from inside draws or able to lead and the Darren Sultana trained Mr Bolt is a son of Bond ~ Lauretana who will start this race off box 1. With a record of 3 wins from 9 starts and 1 placing, Mr Bolt has a good 22.71 win over the Richmond 400m to his name and and led a long way in a heat of the Nowra Summer Puppy Classic before finishing 2nd behind Tian Hao Lee two starts back from box 6. In good hands and should lead this and steal the race at odds.
Canberra – Race 8 – Box 3 – Facial
With the good record of 3 wins and 4 placings from from 10 starts against better opposition at Dapto, Nowra and Wentworth Park, the Mark Scholes trainer Facial looks well drawn in this 2-5 win 4th/5th grade race. A 30.38 Dapto winner in January 2009 from box 1 was followed by two 2nds at Dapto, before a last start failure at Wentworth Park when never in it. This son of Big Daddy Cool ~ Miss Forrester should be at or near the lead from this box and prove too strong in the run home.
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NTBBA File (Never To Be Backed Again)
Me Boss (New South Wales)
Bikini Beach (Queensland)
Autumn Honey Bee (New South Wales)
Teaman Titch (Victoria)
Australian Racing Greyhound Specials (Follow Up On Them Next Start)
Special Sign (Albion Park)
Physical (Dapto, Bulli, Richmond)
Punk Appeal ( > 600m races)