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25/11/21

TELLING THE TAIL
By The Shadow

We are in for another terrific night of racing here at headquarters tonight with the highlight being the running of the 2021 Brian Johnstone final over the 530m and with $25,000 to the winner on offer it certainly makes for an interesting affair (race 8 on the programme). With only the 10 events we need to get on the front foot early and stack the wallet.

Race 1 - Victa Grosso can kick start the night for us, he has been in good form winning his last three here and Murray Bridge, he is drawn to win again. Forte Nero is a run-on type who is well drawn he is back in distance here and has a good record here. Box Up 1.2.4.8

Race 2 - This is the Maiden of the night and Razzle Darryl led them a merry dance early only to be run down late to finish 2nd he can go one better here and our selection. Onix Bale along with Express Speed can improve and look place chances. Box Up 1.2.4.6

Race 3 - I love my distance racing and we will go with Porridge Box in a handy affair, he has won 3 of 6 this track and distance and is amongst the better chances again. Frankie Boy is drawn to bounce back after being disappointing here last week. Add Barbados Express who is more than capable of showing up and is strong. Box Up 1.4.5.8

Race 4 - With only the five runners here Jack’s Well looks very hard to beat, he ran 3rd in this years Adelaide Cup final and was a last start winner here over the 595. Fly For Trix is the form runner, he has won four of his last five and showed his early pace when winning here last week. Major Major is strong as is Victa Reid. Box Up 1.2.4.6

Race 5 - This is a wide open affair and I have gone with Salt And Pepper who has the good draw, she can show pace when on song and is amongst the better chances. Velocity Fairy has early burn but gets the staggers over the last 50m but we can’t leave her out. Add Psychotic Babe who is one for the Trifecta. Box Up 1.5.6.8

Race 6 - Victa Mikey found a heap of trouble here last run, he was in fine form prior and is a chance of bouncing back here. Spring Crossing is well boxed and will be running on. Aston Wines goes well here and has the pace to lead, add Straight Blaze who can handle the wide draw. Box Up 2.3.7.8

Race 7 - The Rasmussen kennel has a new one here in Tom The Cheap, he trialled very well here at his first look and will take beating with a repeat performance. Sassy Izzy is drawn to be in the mix as is Outback Rebel. 1.2.7.8

Race 8 - This is the Final and with the $25,000 to the winner on offer the two Victorian sprinters in Earthworm Jim and Nike Apache look to be very hard to beat, both have won here and made their way through to tonights Final. Zinfandel Bart is another who has been in good form he has won his last three here and has a good turn of early pace. Spring Drama will be running on and is one for the First Four. Box Up 1.4.5.6

Race 9 - This is a wide-open event and I will go with the well-drawn Boombox Hammer, he can be tardy early and from the draw should be running on strongly. Victa Kurt is more than handy and will be right in the mix along with the pacey Lana Road. Box Up 1.2.4.7

Race 10 -  Ray Fewings team is certainly going well at the moment and he looks chance again with Always Ho Ho, she has won her last three here and Gawler and is well drawn. See You Smile broke through for a good win here last Thursday and is right in the mix again. Box Up 2.4.6.8

Best Bets

Race 6, No: 7 - Victa Mikey
Race 8, No: 1 - Earthworm Jim

Best Each-Way

Race 9, No: 2 - Boombox Hammer

Best Roughie

Race 5, No: 5 - Psychotic Babe

 

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KENNEL CAPERS ONCE A MONTH

The monthly Kennel Capers for November was released two weeks ago 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 www.grsa.com.au.

 

ANGLE PARK THURSDAY (City A)

Next weeks Angle Park Friday meeting features –

$2,465 Open Maiden – 530m

$3,460 SA Owned Grade 6 – 530m

$3,585 Bitches Grade 5 – 530m

$4,240 Mixed – 595m

$6,320 Free For All – 730m

Nominations close Monday 29th November with GRSA at 9.00am.



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

First 4 selections –

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

Best Bets:            Race 4, No. 2 - Fly For Trix

Each-Way:          Race 8, No. 1 - Earthworm Jim

Roughie:              Race 9, No. 5 - George The First


LOCAL NEWS

2021 BRIAN JOHNSTONE FINAL TONIGHT

Last Thursday night at Angle Park there were two excellent semi-finals of the Group 3 Brian Johnstone where the first four placegetters from each semi-final qualified for tonight’s feature final.

The fastest qualifier for the final was Zinfandel Bart for Cherylee Barber who ran a flying 30.61 in leading most of the way. The other semi-final winner was Earthworm Jim for Victorian trainer Keith Hellmuth in 30.86 when he ran home strongly from midfield.  

The Final field in Box Draw order is:

1.       Earthworm Jim   Keith Hellmuth
2.       Zinfandel Nikki   Gavin Harris
3.       Simply Chaos    Ben Rawlings
4.       Spring Drama   Ben Rawlings
5.       Zinfandel Bart    Cherylee Barber
6.       Nike Apache    Keith Hellmuth
7.       Garry’s Chaos    Ben Rawlings
8.       Blue By You   Ben Rawlings
9.       Finniss Flash (1st Res)    SCR
10.   Finniss Blossom (2nd Res)    SCR

The Group 3 Brian Johnstone Final is for eligible SA Bred greyhounds whelped between July 2019 and December 2019. The $37,500 Final is race 8 tonight and is listed to jump at 9.01pm (SA time).

The final part of this series will be the Gawler Classic 2021 over the 531m to be run on Friday 31st December for the heats and the final on Friday 7th January.

 

NATIONAL STRAIGHT TRACK CHAMPIONSHIP SA HEATS ON TUESDAY

SA will conduct three heats of the National Straight Track Championship at Murray Bridge on Tuesday.

The heats will be races 6, 7  & 8 and will feature some of the fastest straight line greyhounds in the State. Heat 1 will see He’s On Fire matched up against the likes of Charlie Brother, Aston Hayato and Phantom Call. Heat 2 see’s Aston Olenna take on He’s All Purpose, Urana Meat Loaf and Threaten. While the third and final heat will see Zipping Walter, Crush Your Enemy, My Name’s Craig and Patched all clash.

The first two placegetters from each heat along with the two fastest thirds will qualify for the final with the box draw to be conducted oncourse after the heats have been completed.

Two greyhounds from Murray Bridge (GRSA) will join two representatives from Healesville (GRV), Richmond (GRNSW), and Capalaba (Racing QLD) for the NSTC Final at Capalaba worth total prizemoney of $37,500 ($25,000 to the winner) on Sunday 19th December.

Full NSTC series conditions are available on the GRSA website.

 

2022 GAWLER PRODUCE STAKES - NOMINATIONS CLOSE TOMORROW (FRIDAY 26TH NOVEMBER)

The 2022 Gawler Produce Stakes will be run by GRSA in conjunction with the Gawler Greyhound Racing Club.

Once again we will offer guaranteed Final stakemoney of $22,000. The estimate for the total series prizemoney is $40,000, based on this years series. The series is for greyhounds whelped in 2020.

In 2022 we will again be offering additional incentives for trainers to nominate. A bonus will be offered to any greyhound which can win both the Produce Stake and the Gawler Gold Cup.

The jackpot has increased from $9,000 to $10,000 as Victa Haydn missed out on winning the Gawler Gold Cup this year after running 3rd.

The SA Bred bonus will also be continued; should the winner of the Final be SA Bred, there will be a SA Bred bonus of $1,000 to the owner and $500 to the breeder.

The series will be in June with the Final on Sunday, 26th June 2022. (Pending alterations)

GRSA administers the event for the Club, so all payments are to be made to GRSA. The fees are, one-off payment option $121.00 or the sustaining option of $33 (first), $55 (second) and $88 (Final).

Nomination Forms are available, along with the full list of conditions and the payment schedule.

* Nominations for the 2022 Gawler Produce will close tomorrow (Friday, 26th November) with GRSA.

 

MELBOURNE CUP FINAL TOMORROW TONIGHT AT SANDOWN

What a great night of racing it will be Interstate tomorrow night with the running of the $725,000 Group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup Final being run on a Friday night at Sandown.

The final is an outstanding race headed by the fastest greyhound in the world, Aston Rupee owned in SA by Ray Borda. Its going to be an unbelievable race for Melbourne Cup glory with the winners considered the best greyhound in Australia.  It will be race 7 on Friday night due to start at 8.23pm (SA time). Also on the night will be the Group 1 Bold Trease for the stayers worth $150,000 which will be race 5 due to start at 7.42pm.

2021 TAB Melbourne Cup Box Draw
Friday night, Sandown Park, 515m

1 AUSSIE SECRET, Jason Thompson
2 JAPARA, Angela Langton
3 KOBLENZ, David Geall
4 ASTON RUPEE, Glen Rounds
5 LALA KIWI, Andrea Dailly
6 LAKEVIEW WALTER, Monique Whelan
7 TIBERIA BALE, Andrea Dailly
8 KINSON BALE, Samantha Grenfell

Reserves

9 TYPHOON SAMMY, Jason Thompson

10 JAX BALE, Andrea Dailly

 

GRSA SKY WEEKLY SCHEDULE TO CHANGE FROM 1st DECEMBER 2021

From the start of December, the Sky weekly schedule of greyhound racing in South Australia will change.

The first two Sundays of any month will routinely be scheduled at Murray Bridge with the remaining Sundays being allocated to Gawler. The primary reason for the change is about providing both of those Clubs with an accessible weekly timeslot which helps them to cultivate a strong base of local patronage.

GRSA explored the opportunity that exists to secure a permanent Friday night timeslot on Sky but those plans were curtailed by the existing congestion of meetings in that spot. The model of ‘shared Sundays’ represented the next best solution for a strategy based on community engagement.

The Murray Bridge region is synonymous with racing, and has been the site of the two most significant infrastructure projects undertaken by SA’s thoroughbred and greyhound codes in the past two decades. GRSA expects trainer numbers to continue to grow in the region well into the future, and increasingly so as the traditional (greyhound) training regions to the north of Adelaide experience heightened levels of development. The strategy, as it relates to Murray Bridge, is also partly founded on the fact that the Rural City of Murray Bridge Council is such a proud supporter of local racing opportunities.

The schedule will transition from 1st December 2021, which will allow crowds over the December and Christmas period to enjoy prime-time racing opportunities at each of Gawler, Murray Bridge and Angle Park.

 

MURRAY BRIDGE SUMMER DERBY AND OAKS IN DECEMBER  - NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY

With the support of the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club, Murray Bridge will conduct the Country Summer Oaks and Derby this year.

Eligibility will be for greyhounds whelped on or after 1st July, 2019. The Heats will be now be run on Sunday, 5th December with the Finals on Sunday, 12th December.

The conditions are set out below -

$1,645 Heats 2021 AGRC/Murray Bridge Country Summer Derby – 455m (For dogs whelped on or after 1st July, 2019. $5,000 Final on Sunday, 12/12/22 sponsored by the AGRC. All grades eligible)

$1,645 Heats 2021 AGRC/Murray Bridge Country Summer Oaks – 455m (For bitches whelped on or after 1st July, 2019. $5,000 Final on Sunday, 12/12/22 sponsored by the AGRC. All grades eligible)

• Nominations for the Heats close at 9am with GRSA on Wednesday, 1st December.

MURRAY BRIDGE ANNIVERSARY CUP ON SUNDAY, 12TH DECEMBER

On Sunday, 12th December the $4,000 Murray Bridge Anniversary Cup will be run over the 530m. Free For All and Non Penalty.

• Nominations close with GRSA at 9.00am on Wednesday, 8th December.

 

CHANGE TO ANGLE PARK SATURDAY IN DECEMBER

Greyhound Racing SA only has one Fortnightly Saturday Morning in December which was programmed on Saturday 11th December with no racing on Saturday 25th December due to Christmas Day.

This would give us a 4 week gap until our next Saturday meeting in January. GRSA has liaised with Racing Queensland who advised that they are prepared to swap their Fortnightly Townsville meeting with ours for Saturday 18th December which will give SA a 3 week gap before and after our Saturday meetings.

Trials will remain on Sunday 12th December due to staffing at Angle Park and trials will now be on Sunday 19th December due to the race meeting. GRSA will update this to industry closer to the dates.

GRSA appreciates the support in regard to this change from Racing Queensland, the Townsville GRC and Sky Racing. The date changes are listed below -

Delete: Angle Park – Saturday 11th December 2021  (TAB) Morning

Add: Angle Park – Saturday 18th December 2021  (TAB) Morning

 

CHRISTMAS SET TO HEAT UP AT ANGLE PARK

Things are expected to heat up at Angle Park during the two weeks leading into Christmas with the introduction of six rich events over the 530m, 595m and 730m distances.  

Dubbed the “Festival Of Fire”, the series will provide opportunities for the best 48 nominations for the 530m trip, the best 28 nominations over 595m, and the best 8 nominations for a 730m event.  Separately, heats and final of a restricted event (0-5 wins), running from Saturday morning to Thursday night, will provide a separate opportunity for that category of runner.

The Festival of Fire series will commence on the racenight of Thursday December 16, continue into the Saturday timeslot and then culminate in 5 finals and a special stayers event carrying a collective purse in excess of $100,000 the following Thursday night (December 23).  As a new event, the Board has resolved that the top-up amounts for this series will sit outside the Wagering Activity Payments (WAP) model.  This means that the majority of the stakemoney for the series will be additional to the guaranteed return that has already been committed to industry through the WAP model.

Conditions –

  • Greyhounds must be SA trained.
  • Greyhounds must be in South Australia as of midnight 1st November 2021 to be eligible (greyhounds that have not had their first training amendment lodged that are in SA at this time will be eligible)
  • All races will be Non Penalty

Events -

THURSDAY 16TH DECEMBER

THE ASHES (530M) – Best 16 Nominated – Selected By The GRSA Grader – No Reserves – Maidens Ineligible – Maximum Of Two Heats – Guarding Applies For Heats

Heats Thursday 16th December – Final Thursday 23rd December (1st $20,000, 2nd 5,800, 3rd 2,900)

THE INFERNO (530M) – Next Best 32 Greyhounds (By Weighted Points Score Only - If Same Rating Determined By Most Race Wins Go In Then By Graders Discretion) – Reserves With Maidens Ineligble – Maximum 4 Heats Guarding Applies For Heats

Heats Thursday 16th December – Final Thursday 23rd December (1st $10,000, 2nd 2,900, 3rd 1,450)

THE BONFIRE (595M) – Best 12 Nominated – Selected By The GRSA Grader – No Reserves – Maidens Ineligible – Maximum Of Two Heats – Guarding Applies For Heats – 8 Dog Final

Heats Thursday 16th December – Final Thursday 23rd December (1st $15,000, 2nd 4,400, 3rd 2,200)

THE FLAME (595M) – Next Best 16 Greyhounds (By Weighted Points Score - If Same Rating Determined By Most Race Wins Go In Then By Graders Discretion) – Reserves - Maidens Are Eligible – Maximum Two Heats Guarding Applies

Heats Thursday 16th December – Final Thursday 23rd December (1st $10,000, 2nd 2,900, 3rd 1,450)

Remaining events determined by nominations received for other events.

SATURDAY 18TH DECEMBER

THE SPARK (530M) – Best 64 Nominated (0-5 Wins Only) – Selected By The GRSA Grader With Reserves – Maidens Are Eligible – Maximum Of Eight Heats – Guarding Of Heats Apply (Greyhounds Are Not Eligible If Have A Race Start On Thursday 16th December)

Heats Saturday 18th December (City B prizemoney)– Final Thursday 23rd December (1st $10,000, 2nd 2,900, 3rd 1,450)

Remaining events determined by nominations received for other events.

THURSDAY 23rd DECEMBER

THE BLAZE (730M) – Open Event– Selected By The Grsa Grader –Reserves – Maidens Ineligible

Thursday 23rd December – Best 8 (1st $10,000, 2nd 2,900, 3rd 1,450, Unplaced $400)

Finals – The Ashes, The Inferno, The Bonfire, The Flame and The Spark

Remaining events determined by nominations received for other events.

GRSA reserves the right to vary conditions of heats as required based on nominations

 

NO TRIALS ON BOXING DAY AT ANGLE PARK

This year Xmas day falls on Saturday 25th December with Sunday 26th December being Boxing Day. Due to critical staff being unavailable on the Sunday there will be NO trials at Angle Park over this weekend.