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by The Shadow

It's FINAL NIGHT of the 2020 TAB Adelaide Cup, we have a quality night of racing with a 12 event programme and the CUP final is race 8 on tonight’s programme which carries $50,000 to the winner. The Troy Murray kennel have two very strong chances with their runners in Golden Night and Major Major, Catch The Thief has the perfect draw down in box 1 and we can not mention the Cameron Butchers flying machine Coorong Lucy who resumed here last week for a strong win. All races are Trifecta and First Four events and we have been on the front foot of late backing a few winners and tonight hopefully is no different. Good luck to all trainers and connections that have a runner in the Final it is certainly a great achievement.

Race 1 - Let’s hope we can kick the night off with an early winner and there is no better way to start the night with a 600 event, Couture has been in terrific form of late with three wins from his last five outings, he will be charging home and is drawn for a bold showing so we will put him on top. Dracarys has a good record over this trip and is amongst the main chances. Add Black Spring and Cawbourne Madox for our First Four. Box Up

Race 2 - Mercedes Monelli is dropping back to the sprint here, she was run down here last week over the 600m and should take a power of beating. Our Boy Wolf has been in terrific form of late with two strong wins around this circuit, he is the inform runner and is right in the mix. Elle Limes is making her city debut, she has solid form at Mt Gambier and is in the strong kennel of Tracie Price. Box Up

Race 3 - The inside three look the main chances in this, I lean towards Dyna Carnie who scorched the Mt Gambier circuit last start from box 2 in a BOD 29.52, he gets his chance and is very strong. Oakvale Elite is hit and miss on lid rise he will find this a lot easier than his past couple and should start the punters elect. Box Up

Race 4 - This is a wide open affair and winning form is good form so we will go with the Steven Brook trained Power Stone, he has won his last four all in quick times, he has the pace to lead and can handle the wide draw. Fantastic Shell returned to her best form with a smart win here last start, she will need to be at her best to cross the inside brigade. Springvale Vixen is a must for our Trifecta. Box Up

Race 5 - I love my distance racing and you wont get any better than this high class event ,the 2020 TAB Premiers Cup over the 731m, its hard to go past Sir Truculent he loves this venue and is by far the best stayer here in SA, he has had a light freshen up and is our top selection. Angry Trip and the speedy Miss Takiri are our value runners for the First Four both have early pace and can open up a handy break. Rajasthan will be running on and should figure in the finish. Box up

Race 6 - Rushes was a massive run here last week in a heat of the Cup when flashing home from midfield to run 2nd in slick time, he loves a wide draw and will take a power of beating. Coorong Nugget has been ultra-consistent of late and appears a big chance from a good draw, he is capable of running quick times when out in front. Add Kipling who has been hit and miss on box rise of late. Box Up

Race 7 - Alfieri should start the punters elect, he has been knocking on the door until being blown away here last week when a well beaten 7th behind Taken. From the rails draw and the small field he gets his chance. American Man is the value runner, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him jump to the front, he is very strong and has been in the money at his last seven outings. Zipping Ted and Ask Me Now for the First Four. Box Up

Race 8 - This is the FINAL of the 2020 TAB Adelaide CUP and with $50,000 going to the winner it is certainly going to be a great race. Golden Night is my pick for the Troy Murray kennel, this dog has been humming along in recent weeks and carved out 29.37 here last week in the heats to win by over 7 lengths, he has good box speed and should cross straight to the fence and prove hard to beat. Catch The Thief has poll position, he made his way straight to tonight’s final by winning the Match Race series, he trialled here in quick time between races last week in 29.33 and will prove very hard to beat with clear running. Taken will be the BIG improver, he had very good support and proved to strong when winning in a slick 29.35, he has a ton of pace drawn on his inside but cant be overlooked. Major Major will be at double figure odds, he has won his last six including the SA Derby Final, he flew the lids here in his heat and won by over 8 lengths, don’t be surprised if he salutes from the wide draw. Box Up

Race 9 - The Ben Rawlings kennel rarely go home without a winner and they have a strong chance with More More More in this, he showed pace at big odds here last week in tough company only to fade in the run, he is well down in grade tonight and is drawn for a bold showing.  Lenny The Jet is a strong type and a win wouldn’t surprise, he is another who drops in grade and is a must for our Trifecta. Add Sky Wesley who has won 3 of his last five. Box up

Race 10 - Danyo’s Charlie didn’t have any luck here last week in the heats, he looks the likely leader and will prove very hard to beat tonight. Toora Ziggy has won his past two, he can be awkward on lid rise but is very strong, he will be thundering home late. Love And Thunder can add a bit of value and Aston Silk must be kept safe. Box Up

Race 11 - Fake Forecast has only had the ten starts for two wins and a couple of placings, he won here in 30.05 last month and from the gun draw should take beating. Invincibility is a tardy beginner, she is a handy type who is more than capable of showing up. Shamrock Lava is a chance at each way odds, he gets a chance to cross from his wide draw and cant be left out of calculations. Box Up

Race 12 - This is last race on a huge night of racing so let’s hope we can go home on a winner with the Kenny Gill trained Rugged And Ready out in box 7, he was a last winner at Gawler from a wide draw and looks very hard to beat in this. Oakvale Blue is back to the sprint tonight, he will be doing his best work late as will Halfeti Rose. Box Up

Best Bets

Race 1 No: 2 - Couture
Race 6 No: 8 - Rushes
Race 10 No: 2 - Danyo’ s Charlie

Best Each Way

Race 7 No: 2 - American Man

Best Roughie

Race 11 No: 8 - Shamrock Lava


Participants are reminded, if they have not already done so, to provide GRSA with your mobile phone number to enable text messages to be sent updating you with the most current information in the industry.



The monthly Kennel Capers for October will be released next week  so make sure you grab yourself a copy.

Remember to keep up to date with weekly updates and media releases using the GRSA website at



Next weeks Angle Park meeting features –

$4,715 Free For All – 515m (N/P)

$3,480 Heats SA Owned Grade 5 – 515m (Final 22/10/20. Conditions apply)

$2,985 Grade 6 – 515m (For greyhounds who have won 1 race or Maiden Heat and Final)

$2,255 Open Maiden – 515m

$3.880 Mixed – 600m

$5,120 FFA – 731m

Nominations close Monday 12th October with GRSA at 9.00am.


The Man In The Tower gives his selections for tonight’s fabulous night of racing at Angle Park.

First 4 selections –

Race 1:  2,8,7,4
Race 2:  5,4,1,8
Race 3:  2,4,5,8
Race 4:  8,7,2,1
Race 5:  7,6,3,5
Race 6:  8,2,3,4
Race 7:  2,5,7,1
Race 8:  1,2,7,3
Race 9:  1,5,4,8
Race 10: 2,1,4,5
Race 11:  1,4,7,8
Race 12: 7,2,1,4

Best Bets:            Race 9, No. 1 - More More More

Each-Way:          Race 3, No. 4 - Victa Boris

Roughie:             Race 7, No. 2 - American Man


The Boy from the Bush gives his selections for tonight’s exciting night of racing at Angle Park.

First 4 selections –

Race 1:                2,5,8,7
Race 2:                7,5,4,8
Race 3:                4,2,1,7
Race 4:                7,8,2,4
Race 5:                6,7,3,8
Race 6:                5,8,2,3
Race 7:                8,1,2,5
Race 8:                2,1,3,4
Race 9:                1,2,5,7
Race 10:              2,5,7,8
Race 11:              7,1,2,4
Race 12:              7,1,2,4

Best Bets:            Race 1, No. 2 - Couture

Each-Way:          Race 6, No. 5 - Zipping Zarbo

Roughie:             Race 5, No. 3 - Miss Takiri



Race 8 tonight at Angle Park, the Group 1 Adelaide Cup Final will carry an extra bonus for punters, it will include a First 4 Jackpot of $20,000 with the pool expected to reach $100,000.





The Group 1 TAB Adelaide Cup Final carries total prizemoney of $73,950, with the winner to receive $50,000. It will be race 8 on the program tonight and is listed to jump at 8.57pm (SA time).

2020 Group 1 TAB Adelaide Cup Final

  1. Catch The Thief                Petar Jovanovic                              $1.65     $1.08
  2. Golden Night                      Troy Murray                                   $4.40     $1.40
  3. Coorong Lucy                    Cameron Butcher                           $8.00     $1.85
  4. Mepunga Isla                      Laurie Cahalan                              $19.00   $3.10
  5. Emerley Zero                       Judi Hurley                                    $71.00   $8.00
  6. Taken                                     Ray Murray                                  $7.00     $1.70
  7. Major Major                           Troy Murray                               $11.00   $2.20
  8. Miss Bellawood                   Gino Grgurovic                             $41.00   $5.00
  9. Rushes (1st Res)                   Lisa Rasmussen                            SCR
  10. Defy (2nd Res)                      Troy Murray                                  SCR


Also featured tonight will be the $8,580 Adelaide Cup Consolation, $6,430 SA Country Cup Final and the $9,330 Premier’s Cup over the 731m for the stayers.

GRSA appreciates the continuing support of GRVIC for allowing our premier night to be conducted on a Friday each year in the interests of the National Racing calendar. By GRVIC swapping one of their meetings the Group 1 TAB Adelaide Cup will gain maximum coverage to the wider community with all races being shown on Sky Racing 1 and makes for a terrific start to next weekend.



The 2020 TAB Adelaide Cup will feature a twelve event program. Racing will commence at 6.38pm and the last race will jump at 10.15pm. The Cup will be race eight and is timed to start at 8.57pm.

To avoid disappointment, please only attend if you have a ticket as all our tickets have been allocated.

Bookmakers and tote facilities will be available under the downstairs auditorium as is usually the case for Adelaide Cup night. We will have two projector screens downstairs with plenty of tote TV’s available for punters. The Greyhound Adoption greyhounds will be on hand for a hug and a photo as well.

The TAB van will be available in front of the grandstand area near the track along with tote facilities available for patrons in Chasers restaurant on the night. Additional food outlets will be available for those not eating in Chasers.

There will be plenty of entertainment for families on the night with music from SLYDE, a Bouncy Castle and other activities along with Bean Bags to enjoy the night.



In an added bonus for connections the winner of the Group 1 Adelaide Cup run tomorrow night will be offered direct entry into the final field of the Group 1 TOPGUN run over the 525m at the Meadows on Saturday 7th November.

The is terrific from the Meadows GRC as with Covid restrictions some of these agreements SA and Vic had from last year were put on hold however it is fantastic news that they have offered this invite to tomorrow night’s winner.



GRSA advises that the boxing procedure for feature Heats and Finals will revert back to 2 rows effective immediately where applicable.

GRSA will continue to monitor these processes.



GRSA is happy to advise that on course photographer Kurt Donsberg has added another string to his bow by doing some pre-race and post-race interviews with trainers which will be published on social media adding extra exposure for our industry.

He is mainly doing this for upcoming feature races. The interviews will be a couple of quick questions and last for about 30 seconds just to give an extra insight at the race meeting which GRSA fully supports.



The Gawler Gold Cup carnival will be run over four meetings this year.

The Gawler GRC has been in consultation with the Thoroughbreds and Harness in the region and has made a mini carnival with all three codes running their main races for the year around the same time. It does mean however the series for the greyhound’s kicks of a week earlier than normal and extends to four meetings.

The carnival will kick off on Friday, 16th October with Heats of the Gawler Sprint Classic for open 400m greyhounds. The Final will be worth $5,715 and will be run on Gawler Gold Cup night, Sunday 25th October.

On Monday night, 19th October the $2,290 Heats for the Group 3 Gawler Gold Cup will be run over the 531m. The meeting will be run as a night Prov 1 meeting swapping with Angle Park which will run their City B meeting on Tuesday during the day.

The Group 3 Gawler Cup Final will be run on Sunday night, 25th October worth $26,500 in prizemoney with the winner to receive around $17,000. Including the Gawler Sprint Classic Final there will be a Consolation for the Gawler Gold Cup. To add to this feature night there will be $2,075 Heats of the Gawler Stayers Cup for open 643m greyhounds.

The $6,830 Final of the Gawler Stayers Cup will be run on Friday, 30th October along with the Gawler Anniversary Cup over the 531m rounding out the outstanding four meetings of racing.

Nominations for the Gawler Sprint close with GRSA at 9.00am on Tuesday, 13th October.

Nominations for the Gawler Cup Heats close with GRSA at 9.00am on Thursday, 15th October

Nominations for the Gawler Stayers Cup Heats close with GRSA at 9.00am on Wednesday, 21st October

Nominations for the Gawler Anniversary Cup close with GRSA at 9.00am on Tuesday, 27th October



GRSA will now start trialling on the Straight Track at Murray Bridge on Tuesday nights.

This will provide an opportunity for those trainers wishing to nominate for the Wednesday meetings. Trials on Tuesday night will now start at 5.30pm with Straight Track trials, no bookings required and participants must be at the track by 5.45pm. The One Turn circle will start at the conclusion of the Straight Track, approximately 6.00pm, with bookings required as normal.

It is encouraged for trainers wishing to race on Wednesday that they consider trialling first down the Straight.



After consultation with the Mt Gambier GRC, GRSA have approved the re-introduction of 277m effective immediately, however, they will cease when a new distance of 305m is made available, hopefully by the middle of November.

The Club believes a short course distance will assist their greyhound numbers in the region and allow the club to continue to meet nomination requirements.

There will only be two 277m races introduced effective immediately, one for young Maiden greyhounds with the youngest greyhounds gaining entry first based on age. There will also be a Masters 277m with eligible greyhounds being select on age with the oldest given first preference. Masters conditions will be the same as races conducted in the Metro area with greyhounds 3¾ years and above eligible.

GRSA strongly recommends trainers nominate for multiple distances to ensure they do not miss out on a run at the meeting.



We recently introduced the fortnightly Saturday morning meeting at Angle Park and to accommodate this meeting through our weekly schedule we made some changes to the number of races run during and after this meeting at other venues.

We have changed to all G-SIX except for feature and specific races, moved the Wednesday meetings to be back to back Straight track and then Angle Park on a 3 week rotation. We have also made the Saturday morning meetings Time Graded with alternate conditions as this is the biggest group or greyhounds, with programming crucial to accommodate the weekly schedule. 

The next meeting will be Saturday, 17th October

Timed Graded Meeting-“Best to Worst” 5 rating or slower. Greyhounds graded into 3 categories. Maidens, 1-4 wins & 5 or more wins. Specific grades of greyhounds are not considered except for Maidens. Races–N/P with Pathway Prizemoney. Reserves will be determined by Grader. There will be No Guarding. Refer to “Time Based Grading” published conditions. Best to Worst will with similar conditions as Worst to Best. If rated faster than 5 ineligible.

• Nominations close Tuesday, 13th October at 9.00am.



Recently SAPOL advised that a “Bubble” has been created with Victoria for cross-border movements allowing those who fall within a 70km radius entry into SA under specific criteria.

Trainers who fall within the radius and have obtained approval from SAPOL are required to supply GRSA with the approval. Upon receipt GRSA will accept nominations from the trainer for Mt Gambier meetings only. All approvals are from SAPOL and GRSA will accept their direction.


We are pleased to advise that Sean Donnelly commenced with GRSA on Monday, 14th September in the newly formed role of Syndication Co-ordinator.

Sean has previous experience in creating and managing multiple greyhound racing syndicates.  Sean also sits on the ICG panel and has an excellent knowledge of the sport, GRSA and of the South Australian industry.

Sean’s primary role is to grow syndication in South Australia. This role will encompass sourcing syndicates, trainers and greyhounds and then connecting these syndicates with willing trainers. The Syndication Co-ordinator will also assist in providing administrative support for these syndicates and trainers.

Sean will be working in a part time capacity. If you see Sean around the track please be sure to say hello and please assist Sean with any enquiries or questions he may have.

We believe this role will bring real benefit in terms of syndication and growth of the sport in South Australia.



Approved beanies are now part of the GRSA Dress Code Policy and available for sale from GRSA. These beanies are GRSA specific and are the only ones approved. They cost $10 and are available the GRSA racing office.



Adelaide Cup (515m) - G1 $12,500 Adelaide Cup 2nd - $5,000 Adelaide Cup 3rd - $2,500 Adelaide Cup finalist $1,000 BGC SA Derby (515m) – G3 $3,500 BGC SA Derby 2nd – $1,500 BGC SA Derby 3rd – $750 Coffex Coffee SA Oaks (515m) – G3 $3,500 Coffex Coffee SA Oaks 2nd – $1,500 Coffex Coffee SA Oaks 3rd – $750 Gawler Gold Cup (531m) - G3 $5,000 Mount Gambier Cup (512m) – Listed $2,500 Murray Bridge Cup (455m) – Listed $2,500 GROUP 1 victory (interstate) $10,000 GROUP 2 victory (interstate) $5,000 GROUP 3 victory (interstate) $2,500

The super-bonuses for interstate events will only be applied for series/events that are open entry. Events that are restricted by age or gender are eligible for the bonus. Events that are exclusively open to SA Bred runners or incorporate other restrictions, such as ‘sweepstake’ events, puppy/auction Classics and Maiden series are not eligible for the super-bonus.



The Leigh Rogers Grade 6 feature will be run over the 515m journey with $2,985 Heats on Thursday, 29th October and the $8,580 Final on Thursday, 5th November.

Nominations for the Heats close with GRSA at 9.00am on Monday, 26th October.

GRSA introduced this race onto the feature race calendar three years ago in recognition of former long-time Food and Beverage Manager, Leigh Rogers, who lost his battle with a rare form of cancer four years ago. Leigh is the husband of Rachel and father of three young girls and it will be great to see them back on course in recognition of Leigh.



Date changes for December 2020 are listed below -

Add: Angle Park – Saturday 12th December 2020  (TAB) Morning
Add: Angle Park – Saturday 26th December 2020  (TAB) Morning 

Delete: Murray Bridge – Wednesday 2nd December 2020  (TAB) Day
Add: Angle Park – Wednesday 2nd December 2020  (TAB) Day

Delete: Angle Park – Wednesday 9th December 2020  (TAB) Day
Add: Murray Bridge – Wednesday 9th December 2020  (TAB) Day