Thursday Preview - Murray Bridge - 3rd June 2021 Written by:
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By The Shadow

Tonight’s meeting here at Murray Bridge we have a strong 12 event programme held over all four distances, so it makes for very interesting racing. The highlight has to be the 680m event race (4) where we see the exciting youngster Fantastic Radley engaged. As always, all races are Trifecta and First Four.

Race 1 - We kick start the night with a Maiden over the short and we will go with the Robert Harris trained She Has Zip, with four placings next to her name at this venue she gets her chance tonight. Outback Rebel along with Finniss Blossom can run into the minors. Box Up

Race 2 - Here we have another Maiden over the short and I like the Rasmussen trained Canya Razor who has been placed here at both his runs, the wide draw should suit and the kennel is having a good run. Sullies Girl should be an improver along with Came And Went. Box Up

Race 3 - Gary’s Miracle was well beaten here last week over the 680m, he drops back in distance tonight and can return to the winner’s circle. Alfieri loves this draw and is very smart when left alone early, he is the big danger. Spring Vinnie also looks well placed. Box Up

Race 4 - As mentioned earlier Fantastic Radley is a very smart youngster who has only had the 14 starts for 3 wins and 6 placings, he carved out a new track record here on debut winning by 6L and flew late last week to finish 2nd in the Distance final, he is certainly the one to beat in this. New Year Tears along with Tapestry Tears for the Tri. Box Up

Race 5 - This certainly is a wide-open affair with several chances, we will go with the Matty Payne trained Aston Achilles out in box 8, he has been in the money in his last 5 and should find this more to his liking. Slash Focus with Bottled Fury for value for the top three. Box Up

Race 6 - Aston Bintang is making his SA debut here, he has had handy form in Victoria with placings at Ballarat and Warragul of late and should prove hard to beat in this. Miss Cola was impressive in the straight track series and if she can carry her form to the circle will be amongst the better chances. Box Up

Race 7 - This is another good betting affair and I have tipped the Mathew Payne kennel several times tonight and they have two runners in this with chance, Aston Thunder hasn’t been that far away of late and is drawn to have every chance. Aston Ability and Galactic Horizon have been racing well and must be considered. Box Up

Race 8 - There is a lot of early pace in this so I’m looking for a bit of value and my each way special is Beatific down in box 1, he has been racing well and is drawn for a forward showing. Time Striker has won his past two here in good fashion and is sure to be well supported again, add Max Voltage and Undercut. Box Up

Race 9 - The Troy Murray kennel rarely leaves here without a winner and they have Agent Swan engaged here and on her recent form will be the one to catch again, she is quick early and has been running quick times. Departure Gate is knocking on the door and is very close to a win he is a must for our Trifecta. Box Up

Race 10 - Shanlyn Charlott has been placed in her five runs over this trip at this venue and hopefully might be able to break through tonight from the draw with luck. Fabs You Go is another who loves to run a place and gets his chance, add Line Seeker who resumed last start at Gawler who should be running on. Box Up

Race 11 - Zipping Whoopi is a handy performer when on song, she has won three of her last five and normally goes well from this draw. Shavano recent efforts up the straight has been 1st class and is he handles the bends he will take tossing. Raging Redline was backed off the map when winning here last start and is amongst the better chances again. Box Up

Race 12 - Its always good to go home on a winner and Ackles did the job for us Monday night when winning from box 2 and he can do the same again in this. Deadly Mamba can improve along with Lana Roads. Box Up

Best Bets

Race 4, No: 2 - Fantastic Radley
Race 11, No: 1 - Zipping Whoopi

Best Each Way

Race 8, No: 1 - Beatific


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

First 4 selections –

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

Best Bets:            Race 11, No. 4 - Raging Redline

Each-Way:          Race 12, No. 5 - Aston Gypsy

Roughie:              Race 10, No. 4 - Line Seeker



Next weeks Murray Bridge Thursday meeting features –

$5,120 Free For All (N/P)– 680m

$1,310 Maiden Final – 395m  (Heats 3/6/21)

$1,230 Juvenile – 395m

$1,310 Masters Grade 5 – 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)

Nominations close Monday 7th June with GRSA at 9.00am.



Next weeks Gawler Sunday meeting features –

$37,500 2021 Howard Ashton Final–Group 3-531m (Classic Event. No penalties or awards apply.  SA Bred greyhounds whelp Jan19-Jun19 & paid up for Breeders 2021. Heats 30/5, Semis 6/6)

$2,255 Open Maiden – 531m

$2,985 Bitches Grade 6 – 531m

$4,715 Mix 4/5 Final – 531m (Heats 6/6/21)

$3,280 Masters Grade 5 – 531m (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)

$5,120 Mixed – 643m

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

Nominations close Wednesday 9th June with GRSA at 9.00am.




After  four  terrific Heats were conducted last Sunday at Gawler we now have two excellent Semi Finals featuring Heat winners Boombox Hammer (30.69), Jack’s Well (30.88), Fire Strike (30.88) and Victa Reid 30.77.

The Semi Finals will be races 7 and 8 on a terrific program which is for City A class greyhounds.

The first 4 from each Semi Final will qualify the $37,500 Final on 13th June with the box draw to be conducted oncourse after the running of race 9.



The Coursing at Virginia continues with 4 dog events programmed.

Upcoming dates are –

Sunday 6th June}
Sunday 20th June
Sunday 18th July
Sunday 15th August
Sunday 29th August



With the current border restrictions in place the only Victorian Interstate trainers able to attend are those with cross border exceptions.

GRSA and the Mt Gambier GRC are very thankful for the support of participants in the local area, metro area and cross border enabling a 12 race program today and a 12 race program on Sunday. Whilst it has been hard to manage our on track Vet during this period we have both these meetings accommodated and are hopeful going forward this will not be an issue. We are also very hopeful the Borders will be open soon so there is full access for our Interstate friends.



The next meeting will be on Saturday, 12th June at Gawler which will be a Timed Graded Meeting-“Worst to Best” rating. 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.

$815 Six Fastest Forward (Maiden) Heats – 400m (Max 4 Heats - $1,310 Final Friday 18/6/21). Selected from Worst to Best of this category. Final field will be a 6-dog field plus reserves, comprising of the greyhounds running the fastest times in the heats, regardless of their finishing position in those heats)

• Nominations close Tuesday, 8th June at 9.00am.



Greyhound Racing SA has two fax machines in operation at present, however, they will be gradually phased out. The Graders Fax Machine (8243 1964) which is used for nominations is still in use, however, we are gradually transitioning trainers to the easy Online format.

The administration Fax Machine (8268 2870) which does not receive many outgoing faxes and GRSA will cease the operation of this Fax line in the coming week. Please use other means of contacting GRSA moving forward.



Owners of SA Bred greyhounds are reminded that the next batch of Futurity payments are due on Friday, 18th June 2021.

The payments due are:

Classic 2021 – Final Payment (Pups born July 19 to December 19)
This payment is for greyhounds for which the combined First and Second Sustaining Payment was made. The Final Payment is $121 per greyhound.

Breeders 2022 – Second Payment (Pups born January 20 to June 20)
This payment is for greyhounds for which the First Sustaining Payment was made last December. The Second Sustaining Payment is $55 per pup or a Final Payment of $121 can be made at this stage.

Classic 2022 – First Payment (Pups born July 20 to December 20)
This First Payment is due for Classic 2022.  All SA Bred greyhounds born in the above period are eligible to make this payment.  The First Payment is $27.50 per pup or a “one-off” Final Payment of $121 can be made at this stage.

To assist all owners of Futurity eligible pups, reminders have been sent out a few weeks ago. It is perhaps a good idea to make the payment as soon as you can, so it does not slip your mind and the closing date passes. If you have sold a pup/s we would ask if you can forward on the information to the new owner.  If you have not received a reminder by the end of this month and you think you should have, contact Caralyn Fielden as soon as possible.



The Shane McQueen Feature will now be run at Murray Bridge over 530m.                    

For the best greyhounds nominated     

Heats @ $5,120 – Thursday 17.06.21

Final @ $8,580 – Thursday 24.06.21

• Nominations for the Heats close Friday, 11th June at 9.00am.



There will be a maximum of 2 Heats run over 512m at Mount Gambier.

 If there is 1 Heat the first 4, or if there are 2 Heats the first 2 greyhounds will go through to the $5,800 Final on Sunday, 27th June.

Special Conditions apply –

Trainer must have had starters at 15 Mount Gambier meetings in the past 12 months.

Trainer must have trained the greyhound nominated for the previous three months.

Greyhound must have started at least four times in the past 12 months at Tara Raceway.

• Nominations for the Heats close Wednesday, 16th June at 9.00am.


The Gawler Produce series will kick off with the Heats on Friday, 2nd July.

With the changes to feature races due to the Angle Park redevelopment the Gawler Produce series has been pushed back a few weeks to allow greyhounds to compete in the Howard Ashton and Shane McQueen and then be ready for the Produce. GRSA has also tried to fit in with the City A programming where possible.

Gawler Produce Stake 531m                    

Special Event – No Penalties Apply                                         HEATS   @ $TBA                 Friday  02.07.21 (Prov1)

Unraced greyhounds are eligible                                             SEMI-FINALS @ $2,700    Sunday  11.07.21 (City A)

For greyhounds whelped in 2019 – Special Conditions       FINAL @ $22,000           Sunday    18.07.21 (Prov 1)

(Final guaranteed at $22,000. Consolation on Final night - $2,700)



The Champion Puppy series for greyhounds whelped on or after 1st July, 2019 will be conducted in August.

This series is normally conducted in July, however, with changes to feature events it has been moved to August (dates TBC) and run at Angle Park (TBC).



Time Ratings for greyhounds are now displayed online when trainers go to nominate a greyhound.

It is displayed in the area the grades of the dogs are displayed. This will allow trainers a clear understanding of their greyhounds rating prior to nominating for a Time Graded meeting.




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 at Gawler on Wednesday night each week.  Nominations close 12.30pm Wednesday (for online nominations 11.59pm Tuesday) Qualifying for the following Friday.

Satisfactory and Qualifying trials at Murray Bridge for both tracks are now on Friday mornings once a week – effective immediately. 

During the Angle Park shutdown 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.  Nominations close 12.30pm Thursday, Qualifying for the following Monday on the One Turn and the Wednesday week on the Straight.



If Trainers have booked trials for a session and decide not to come with all their booked greyhounds it would be appreciated if they could notify GRSA so amendments can be made.

If this is at short notice then there is not much that could be done however if trainers know their confirmed numbers during normal business hours then please advise GRSA.



With the Gawler trial sessions currently on Mondays and Thursdays starting at 7am, staff are finding that at times that they are waiting for trainers to arrive and trial.

This means there are extended periods where there is no activity. Staff have been advised that if there is an extended period where no one has arrived to trial for them to cease the session. GRSA currently do not take bookings for Gawler but may have to in the future if trainers do not arrive in a timely manner for these sessions.



Gawler Sunday 6th June

Gawler Sunday 13th June

Murray Bridge Thursday 17th June

Murray Bridge Thursday 24th June

Gawler Sunday 4th July

Gawler Sunday 11th July

Murray Bridge Thursday 15th July

Murray Bridge Thursday 22nd July



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.
  • 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 Mixed 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 Murray Bridge City A and Gawler 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.



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.