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Dave and Hilary to Represent the Kiwis in the Nationals

Dyna Dave and Opawa Hilary are primed and ready to fly the New Zealand flag in the Crocmedia Nationals for the very first time on Saturday night.

Dyna Dave’s trainer Craig Roberts has been a part of the Nationals as a spectator in the past and always wondered why his home country was not apart of the concept.

“We used to have a good dog every now and then, but we never used to have the quality of dog,” Craig told Gareth Hall and Molly Haines on RSN’s Off The Leash.

“I used to train Dyna Vikkers, a champion of New Zealand racing two or three years ago and I didn’t think I would have a dog as good as him, let alone better.”

“Dyna Dave has just evolved; he is jumping a lot better and he is breaking 30 seconds over the 520 at Addington and trust me it’s a tough 520 metres that he is breaking every time he goes around.”

“Running times like that, he is four or five lengths faster than what Dyna Vikkers could run at his best.”

Despite Craig’s excitement for the Nationals he did admit that travelling to Australia is difficult for the New Zealand greyhounds.

“It’s not as simple as putting the dogs on the plane,” Craig said.

“It was frantic after the Dyna Dave won the New Zealand final. We had to organise the transport, trials, accommodation and blood tests.”

“Dogs going back into New Zealand have to have blood taken to test for anything they may have picked up whilst in Australia.”

Admin aside, Craig admits that he wouldn’t swap Dyna Dave for any other greyhound in the Crocmedia National Sprint Championship which will run at Cannington on Saturday night.

“I know what he is capable of,” Craig said.

Dyna Dave is a winner of 34 races (and 20 minor placings) from 63 career starts.

He heads into Saturday’s final having won his past five consecutive starts.

“Dyna Dave has a nice draw in box two, and if he can settle in the first two or three around the first bend, I think that he is a live chance.”

“The thing that worries me the most is the trip. It’s going to take a lot out of him, and you just have to hope he is going to recover from it.”

By Molly Shaw

Rippin’ Sam is Back

Trainer Shayne Williams is confident that Rippin’ Sam will be ready to put his best paw forward when the experienced stayer makes his overdue first start for him at Cannington this Saturday.

The 2018 Group 1 Galaxy winner will contest the Try The Chef’s Special Free To All (715m) where he encounters a small field but runs into the in-form Boom Down.

Boom Down has saluted in his past four starts.

Rippin’ Sam transferred into Williams’ kennels earlier this year in the lead-up to the 2019 Galaxy but his campaign was aborted due to injury and he never raced for the Treeby-based trainer.

Following a handful of starts in New Zealand the talented white and brindle chaser has returned into Williams’ kennels.

After the disappointment of the previous training stint with the dog Williams is excited to have Rippin’ Sam back in his team and firing on all cylinders.

“It’s been a long time coming but I can’t wait to see him go round on Saturday,” Williams said.

Rippin’ Sam hasn’t raced since the beginning of June but Williams believes the greyhound is up to task over the 700m journey in his comeback run.

“He’s had six trials since he’s been back with me, which is more than enough, and he’s a naturally strong dog anyway.

“He’s up and about and he’s ready to go.

“The key to him is keeping him happy and he’s really happy at the moment.

“I’d be surprised if he doesn’t put in a good showing.”

The Try The Chef’s Special Free To All (Race 2) is scheduled for 7.27pm on Saturday.

By James Broadhurst

Stuart takes four into WA Sprint Championship

Paul Stuart has half the field in the WA Sprint Championship (520m) at Cannington this Thursday but is happy to claim underdog status against rival trainer Chris Halse.

Stuart will send Eighty Eight (box 1),Starlight Yoyo (box 2), Slingshot Gypsy (box 6) and Campini (box 8) to the starting line.

Up for grabs is a spot in the Group 1 Crocmedia National Sprint final at Cannington on 24 August.

Halse has a potent one-two punch with defending Nationals champ West On Augie and rising star chaser Premium Share.

He’s also represented by dual group race winner Chips And Trains.

Premium Share catapulted himself into race favouritism after a dominant display in his heat where he won by more than six lengths in 29.61.

West On Augie got rolled in his heat when Eighty Eight nabbed him in the home straight but the reigning WA Greyhound of the Year looked below his best and has plenty of improvement in him.

“I wouldn’t write off Augie, he’s a champion for a reason and always finds a way to win but Premium Share is the dog to beat for sure,” Stuart said.

“He’s getting better and better with every run.

“I’m hoping for a bit of good luck with my dogs and maybe some bad luck for Premium Share.”

Stuart rates the consistent Starlight Yoyo as his best chance in the race.

Although the brilliantly talented Campini attracts all the headlines, Starlight Yoyo has been the better performer for Stuart.

She punched out four Free To All wins in-a-row recently and recovered well to run third in her heat after finding bother in the early stages.

“I’m really happy with Starlight Yoyo from the two,” the Nambeelup based trainer said.

“She’s racing well and should lead from there.

“With a clear run she’s good enough to post a time quick enough to win this.”

Despite his exceptional ability Campini needs an inside alley and has most likely had his chances cruelled in the pink according to Stuart.

“He’s going really well but it’s all about the box draw with him and he doesn’t have it this week,” he said.

“I’d love to see him get up but I can’t see him winning from out there.

“Eighty Eight is a honest open class dog and from the red he should be able position up along the rail.

“He got the run last week and took the opportunity. If he gets a break again this week he could play a part.

“Slingshot Gypsy has got some nice early speed and she’s been going well at Mandurah but the 500m trip is right on her limit.”

The WA Sprint Championship final (Race 2) is scheduled to jump at 7.52pm.

By James Broadhurst

Two Times a Chance in Distance Final

Two Times Twice equals first.

That’s the equation that Graham Crudeli is hoping is correct in the final of the Mandurah Middle Distance Challenge (647m) this Friday night.

Team Crudeli has qualified four runners for the trophy decider with former Sydney chaser Two Times Twice heading the charge.

Less than a week after joining the kennel Two Times Twice put in an eye-catching performance to run second in his heat last weekend.

After jumping near the tail of the field the classy white and brindle chaser surged forward to harass the front-running Incredible Hero.

Two Times Twice continued to push the leader all the way to the finish line before going down by less than a length.

“He only arrived on Tuesday and was racing on Friday so with a limited prep I thought he ran a blinder,” Crudeli said.

“Now he’s had sighter at the track and a chance to settle in I’d expect improvement from him.”

The numbers add up for Two Times Twice in the final where he’ll jump from box two.

“I think he’s won 11 of 18 starts from the two so he’s got his favourite box,” Crudeli said.

The other Crudeli finalists are Dyna Orenthal (box one), Boom Down (six) and Verne Allen (eight).

The rest of the field is stacked with quality.

WA Oaks winner Grace Ali claimed the other heat and has now saluted in six of her past seven starts.

Incredible Hero and experienced stayers Reidy’s Runner and Rockstar Patriot round out the rest of the field.

“Grace Ali looks the hardest to beat but they’re all great dogs,” Crudeli said.

While he’s happy to declare that Verne Allen is an outsider from the wide draw Crudeli believes his other two greyhounds have good prospects.

“Dyna Orenthal is drawn to perfection and also should improve with another look at the track,” he said.

“Boom Down can come from anywhere.

“If she’s anywhere near them at the finish she’ll be coming home at a rate of knots.”

By James Broadhurst

Pictured : Dyna Orenthal

Spollys Syndications Go West

Spolly Syndications, Australia’s leading greyhound syndicating company, has set up shop in Western Australia.

The Victoria-based company has sent four racedogs across the Nullarbor to kick off their operation in the west.

The greyhounds are Sharp Missile, Lightning Boxy, Molly Spolly and Spolly’s Jet, and they will be trained out of the Nambeelup kennels of Tony and Kathy Scott.

Sharp Missile is the best performed of the quartet but all four have been regular earners for connections and have racked up 34 wins combined.

“We are thrilled to enter the WA market and are looking forward to working with Tony and Kathy,” said Spollys owner and head trainer Steven Spoljaric.

“Spollys is a family operated business and we have strong emphasis on animal welfare.

“Syndication is an affordable and fun way to get involved in greyhounds and it’s important to us that our owners enjoy the experience as much we do.”

Spollys plans to have shares available in WA greyhounds shortly.

“We’ll be talking with West Aussie rearers and educators over the coming weeks to offer WA people the chance to purchase a greyhound that will race locally,” Spoljaric said.

Click here for Spollys website