Thursday Preview - Murray Bridge - 29th April 2021 Written by:
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By The Shadow

It certainly is an interesting night of racing, we have a smart event over the 530m, race 8 on the card that looks to have a heap of chances. in the past Shadow Mist would be a short price favourite but not tonight as he has some very smart opposition. We have two heats of the 2021 Bayroad Queen Stayers Cup over the 680m which are races 3 and 4 and we see the return of Sir Truculent, as usual all races are Trifecta and First Four events.

Race 1 - Harboring was a good effort here last week when running 2nd,, she has the pace to lead and can break through tonight. Victa Oreo was a close-up 4th here last run and looks a big chance again. Add Outback Rebel for the Trifecta. Box Up

Race 2 - This is a wide-open affair and we will stick with Harbor Blues who won here last week from this draw in good fashion, he can be hit and miss at times on lid rise but is very smart when on song. Foresaken is drawn to run a cheeky race from down on the rails. Another Storm and Zipping Bates are in fine form and must be respected. Box up

Race 3 - This is the 1st heat of the Stayer’s Cup and Miss Takiri has been placed here at both her runs, she can break through if she is able to lead. Tapestry Tears started a short price favourite last start and finished 3rd here in good time, she is the danger. Add Shadow Burner and Bedrock Fred who is capable of showing up at handy odds. Box Up

Race 4 - The 2nd heat of the Stayer’s Cup and how good is this event, we have Oakvale Impact who was a last winner here in good fashion over this trip and we see the return of Sir Truculent who is resuming. Springvale Anna is another who goes well at this venue and can’t be left out. Box Up

Race 5 - Time Striker has been knocking on the door with two 2nds in as many runs, he will be running on strongly and looks one of the better chances. Allinga Grin is our value bet, she led a very good field here last week only to be run down if she is able to find the early lead again she might be able to pinch this. Add Cash Storm for the minors. Box Up

Race 6 - Terrific Keith looks one of the best bets of the night, he has struck form with two strong wins here in recent runs and should lead and win again. Weblec Rebel can improve from the good draw and Reservation is making his SA debut and must be kept safe. Box Up

Race 7 - Allinga Road has been racing in top form of late he won three on the trot here then was placed behind Another Storm, he handles a wide draw and looks one of the better chances again. Plumber led them a merry dance when a short price favourite here last week and is drawn to have every chance again. Beatific has early pace and can’t be overlooked in a very open affair. Box up

Race 8 - This is the main event of the night and we will look for a bit of value as is a toughie to pick the winner, we will go with the well-drawn Defy down in box 1, if he can be close enough early he will take a power of beating but he can be hit and miss on lid rise. Diorite Fire jumped straight to the front here last week at big odds and won in quick time, he has a good strike rate and is right in the mix once again. Shadow Mist has been struggling of late but at his best is a top class sprinter and would win. Add Gary’s Miracle for the minors. Box Up

Race 9 - The Bec Romyn trained Meet Joe Black loves the Murray Bridge circuit, he has won three from as many starts here over this trip and looks the one to beat again tonight. Safe Drop keeps on running into him and can figure in the placings once again along with Jezza Bence. Box up

Race 10 - Max Dynamo showed early dash and went on to score here last start from box 6 at handy odds, he has the pace to lead again and is drawn for a bold showing in this. Danyo’s Wylie has a tremendous record here and has won his last 5 all in good fashion, he will certainly start the punters elect and will be another who will be hard to toss. Spring Vinnie and Lily Pad both are a must for the First Four. Box Up

Race 11 - Jabari has early pace and is more than capable when out in front. Renewed and Sierra Moon for the minors. Box Up

Race 12 - We went home on a winner last week and can do the same again tonight with Blister down in box 1, he is well drawn and can kick up and stay out of trouble. The dangers are Yenderra Evie and Power Stone. Box Up

Best Bets

Race 6, No: 2 - Terrific Keith

Best Each Way

Race 5, No: 6 - Allinga Grin


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The Boy from the Bush gives his selections for tonight’s excellent night of racing at Murray Bridge.

First 4 selections –

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

Best Bets:            Race 5, No. 1 - Dark Tides

Each-Way:          Race 10, No. 5 - Spring Vinnie

Roughie:              Race 12, No. 8 - Oakvale Blue



Next weeks Murray Bridge Thursday meeting features –

$7,055 Bayroad Queen Stayer’s Cup Final – 680m (Heats 29/4/21)

$1,395 Masters Mixed – 395m (For greyhounds 3¾yo or over at time of nom - must have raced previous 6 months or qualy trialled in that time. All grades eligible. N/P)

$1,505 Grade 6– 530m (All grades considered)

Nominations close Monday 3rd May with GRSA at 9.00am.



Next weeks Gawler Sunday meeting features –

$4,715 Heats SA Anniversary Cup Open - 531m ($10,710 Final 16/5/21. Trainers must nom for event)

$2,985 Heats Grade 6 – 531m ($3,280 Final 16/5/21)

$5,120 Grade 6/5 – 643m (N/P)

$2,255 Open Maiden – 531m

******Standby Shortcourse only run if required******

Nominations close Wednesday 5th May with GRSA at 9.00am.




It was terrific to receive enough nominations for two heats of the Bayroad Queen Stayers Cup to be run at Murray Bridge tonight over the 680m.

The first heat will be race 3 on the program (7.19pm) and features a strong line up including Miss Takiri, Barbados Express, Bedrock Fred and the inaugural winner over the 680m distance Tapestry Tears.  Heat 2 is race 4 to be run at 7.43pm and features Hold On, Springvale Anna, Oakvale Impact and last years winner, super stayer Sir Truculent having his first look at Murray Bridge.

The first 4 from each heat qualify for next Thursday $7,055 final with the box draw conducted on-course after the running of Race 5.


2006             BOTHING                             B. Stamenkovic 43.13
2007             BARON ALLEN                    L. Rasmussen     43.78
2008             LE GRANDE BALE              S. Matcott           44.04
2009             UNCLE REMUS                   T. Kelly                  43.89
2010             SATANIC CASH                  R. Isaacson          42.84
2011             SATANIC CASH                  R. Isaacson          43.35
2012             KALDEN MAYHEM            T. Murray            43.44
2013             KALDEN MAYHEM            T. Murray            43.65
2014             PSYCHOTIC GOLD             P. Jovanovic       43.19
2015             SPRINGVALE CLINT          G. Harris               43.39
2016             DANYO’S TOM                   Lauren Harris      43.73
2017             PURPOSE DRIVEN             C. Butcher           43.63
2018             LEGIT BOSS                         Kim Johnstone  44.04
2019             SALDANA                             Judi Hurley          43.48
2020             SIR TRUCULENT                 Wally Harkins     43.40


After three excellent heats last week of the Gawler Breeders 2021 Prelude (2) over the 531m for eligible SA Bred greyhounds this Sundays $4,000 Final looks a fantastic race on paper.

Heat winners were –

Heat 1 – Jack’s Well 30.92, Heat 2 – Gemtree Maximus – 30.90, Heat 3 – Victa Reid – 31.21

The final will be race 8 on the program due to start at 7.24pm. Box Draw –

  1. Victa Reid  Lisa Rasmussen
  2. Victa Grosso  Tony Rasmussen
  3. Long Gully Carly  Paula Hearnden
  4. Jack’s Well  Cameron Butcher
  5. Crazy Diva  Des Hockley
  6. Concede  Clint Trengove
  7. Crazy Dream  Des Hockley
  8. Gemtree Maximus  Paul Rehmann
  9. Victa Haydn (1st Res)                               Tony Rasmussen
  10. Dunkel (2nd Res)                             Debbie Stuppos



Monday – Gawler (Morning) – no bookings required

Tuesday – Murray Bridge (Night) – book with Trialbooker from Monday 11.30am to Tuesday 3pm

Wednesday – Gawler (Night) – book with Trialbooker from Tuesday 11.30am to Wednesday 3pm

Thursday – Gawler (Morning) – no bookings required

Friday – Murray Bridge & Murray Bridge Straight (Morning) – book with Trialbooker for one turn only from Wednesday 11.30am to Thursday 3pm

Saturday – No Trials

Sunday - Murray Bridge & Murray Bridge Straight (Morning) – book with Trialbooker for one turn only from Thursday 11.30am to Friday 3pm.

Satisfactory and Qualifying trials now at Gawler on Wednesday nights each week.  Nominations close 12.30pm Wednesday (for online nominations 11.59pm Tuesday) Qualifying for the following Friday.



During the Angle Park shutdown GRSA will now conduct Satisfactory Trials and Qualifying trials at Murray Bridge for both tracks on Friday mornings effective immediatley.

We will move this away from the monthly Tuesday night during this period, which was difficult to staff, and didn’t provide enough opportunity for trainers to clear or qualify greyhounds whilst Angle Park is out of action.

These Satisfactory and Qualifying trials will be conducted between 8.50am and 9.15am fitting in the middle of the One Turn track finishing and the Straight track starting, however, please fit in with staff on the day.

Satisfactory and Qualifying trials now at Murray Bridge on Friday morning each week.  Nominations close 12.30pm Thursday, Qualifying for the following Monday on the One Turn and the Wednesday week on the Straight.



The next meeting will be on this Saturday, 1st May at Gawler with the first race at 8.07am and the last of 10 races at 10.35am.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, 15th May at Gawler which will be a Timed Graded Meeting - “Worst to Best” rating. Maiden AND 1-4  WIN RACES WILL HAVE FIRST PREFERENCE - 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.

• Nominations close Tuesday, 11th May at 9.00am.



$4,715 Heats of the SA Anniversary Cup will be run on Sunday, 9th May at Gawler*.

This is an Open series with Trainers required to nominate specifically for this event.

 The $10,710 Final to be run on Sunday, 16th May also at Gawler.

• Nominations for the Heats close Wednesday, 5th May at 9.00am.



The $5,120 Heats of the SA Distance Championship  will be held at Murray Bridge over the 680m on Thursday 20th May with the $11,460 Final on Thursday, 27th May also at Murray Bridge.

• Nominations for the Heats close Monday, 17th May at 9.00am.



SA ANNIVERSARY CUP @ GAWLER   531M (Feature Event)

Best greyhounds nominated                                                     

HEATS @ $4,715                               Sunday   09.05.21

FINAL @ $10,710                              Sunday   16.05.21



(Best Greyhounds Nominated)

HEATS @ $5,120                               Thursday   20.05.21

FINAL @ $11,460                              Thursday   27.05.21


HOWARD ASHTON @ GAWLER     531M (Group 3 Event)

Special Event – No Penalties Apply .For SA Bred greyhounds whelped in January 2019 to June 2019 and paid up for Breeders 2021.               

HEATS   @ $2,000                            Sunday    30.05.21

SEMI-FINALS @ $4,000                  Sunday    06.06.21

FINAL @ $37,500                              Sunday    13.06.21


SHANE McQUEEN @ MURRAY BRIDGE  530M                    

Best greyhounds nominated     

HEATS @ $5,120                               Thursday   17.06.21

FINAL @ $8,580                                Thursday   24.06.21



When Angle Park is redeveloped in mid April the below outcomes have been listed below -

  • When Angle Park is shutdown for redevelopment that the City A meetings will be shared with Murray Bridge and Gawler. Murray Bridge will conduct back to back Thursday meetings allowing for Heats and Finals of normal and feature races. Gawler will then run back to back Sundays again allowing for Heats and Finals of normal and feature races. This will mean that there is one Metropolitan (CITY A) meeting per week.
  • Feature 515m races will be run at Gawler over the 531m and any 731m feature races will be run at Murray Bridge over the 680m (the 680m start will be available as the 731m boxes will be removed from Angle Park once redevelopment starts allowing for that distance to be available)
  • There will be a 680m CITY A prizemoney at Murray Bridge each Thursday every week whether City A or Prov 1 to support these stayers during this period.
  • These meetings will be considered as if the greyhounds have never raced at the venue. This will mean greyhounds will be grades Maiden, Grade 6 and Grade 5 to start with unless new into the state and regraded higher.
  • With all grades starting from new (no higher than Grade 5 effectively) there will not be as higher prizemoney races per meeting initially with no high grade races being conducted. There will be a Best 8 each meeting over the 455m, 530m, 680m at Murray Bridge and a 531m and 643m at Gawler for this high grade money. (GRSA will just make up these races). Trainers need to write “No Best 8” on the nomination if they do not want to be in this event. If there are insufficient nominations for a Best 8 the Grader will make up normally graded events based on current policy.
  • The Racing Department intends to run Grade 5 heats on a regular basis but may have to run Grade 4/5 heats to ensure there are races for these dogs. The finals of these races will pay the normal stakemoney for Finals (Grade 5 or Open depending on grade of Heats).
  • The Grader will give preference to 455m or higher at both Murray Bridge City A and Gawler City A meetings with the intent that no short course races will be conducted. However if there was a need to run some short course this would be under “standby conditions.  
  •  When a greyhound wins a Grade 5 or above over any distance at the Gawler City A and Murray Bridge City A meetings they will NOT lose any grade 6’s at other venues. The normal rule has been suspended.
  • If a greyhound has already won a Grade 6 (City A) it should be eligible for MB CITY A and GAW CITY A Grade 6 if they have more Grade’s to win as these are considered different tracks. They will still only be able to win one CITY A at each of these meetings if they do not win more races than allowed.
  • There will be NO retrospectivity for Grading when the shutdown of Angle Park occurs.



Our normal race schedule generally doesn’t allow for any “Beat the Grader “scenario’s however with the changes to  both Murray Bride Prov 1 and Gawler Prov 1 this is likely to happen which is an added benefit to owners and trainers.

It will be available for the Murray Bridge Monday Prov 1 to Murray Bridge Thursday Prov 1 and then the Murray Bridge Thursday Prov 1 to Murray Bridge Monday Prov 1.

For Gawler the Friday Prov 1 to Sunday Prov 1 could happen however there is only a few days between meetings.

Please contact the Grader for clarification around the “Beat The Grader” policy.



The GOTBA at Virginia will commence this year with Coursing set to begin on Sunday 9th May with 4 dog events programmed.

Other dates are –

Sunday 23rd May
Sunday 6th June
Sunday 20th June