The Border Watch : April 4th 2014
50 RACING GUEST tipping guru, Justin Maloney woul most likely have had somewhat of a sleepless week. Today, Maloney joins Trevor Dent as the longest serving celebrity tipster in The Border Watch’s contest since records began in the 2008-09 racing season. Dent ruled supreme in 2013 from April VISIT US ONLINE borderwatch.com.au Maloney under no pressure...well Gilbo vs theguest POPULAR WIN: The Ray “Doodah” Lattin trained, Wings Of Delight won its first race from 28 starts recently. Wings Of Delight is owned by five of 11 committee members of the Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club. Gallops Morphettville Parks (tomorrow) R No. Horse Trainer 4 4 6 6 6 7 8 8 8 Sandhill Hero 9 Tildy Lad 2 Texan Warney 4 Sandhill Chief 9 Back On Track 5 Miss Joolia 1 Exalted Brother Ararat (Monday) 2 1 Bren’s Boy 3 3 3 4 4 5 6 6 3 Honour System Sam Turner Jeff Searle Darryl Dodson Sam Turner Sue Murphy Darryl Dodson Heather Lehmann 7 Iconseefraaraway Sue Murphy Darryl Dodson Darryl Dodson 5 I Want To Believe Wayne Walters 6 Kel’s Blessing 5 Sandhill Flyer 8 Az Lucky 4 Snow Jewel 6 Son Of Coco 7 Trig 6 10 Jolly Bel 7 7 7 8 1 Benefit 4 Five Amigos 7 Cherry Cherry 2 Vernon Peter Hardacre Sam Turner Wayne Walters Ricky Bruhn Wayne Walters Wayne Walters Sue Murphy Dean Saxon Sue Murphy Wayne Walters Dean Saxon Thursday dates slashed THERE won’t be any Limestone Coast racing clubs upset about the big reduction in Thursday meetings for next season. The dates for South Australian racing for next season have just been released, and Thursday meetings in this region have been slashed from 11 this season to just three in 2014-15. The big winner is Sunday racing, up from 14 this season to 19 which means there will be Sunday racing in the South East nearly every three weeks. Thursday meetings in the past couple of months in the South East have almost been a disaster in terms of betting turnover and attendances. The saving grace for the Mount Gambier club last Thursday was that it was publicans’ day, which was well supported by the hotels and their patrons in the district. Of the three Thursday dates next season, two are proven fixtures, namely the Coonawarra Cup at Penola in January and the first day of the Mount Gambier Cup carnival in May. The Mount Gambier club originally thought it would lose its pre-Christmas meeting in December, but it has been saved due to the scrapping of the December twilight meeting for the Oakbank club. It had been pencilled in that Oakbank would race on Friday, December 5, two days before the ever popular Murray Bridge preChristmas meeting, but my information is that Murray Bridge officials kicked up such a storm that the Oakbank meeting was given to Mount Gambier. 28 meetings again AS with this current season, there will be 28 race meetings in the Limestone Coast in 2014-15. Five have been scheduled for the winter months of June, July and August which must put them under the risk category. Mount Gambier (10 meetings): Sunday, August 31; Wednesday, October 1; Sunday, November 9; Friday, December 5; Sunday, January 25 (Summer Cup); Wednesday, March 4; Sunday, April 19; 50 - The Border Watch, Friday, April 4, 2014 OntheRails with DAVID GILBERT Thursday, May 14; Friday, May 15 (Mount Gambier Cup); Sunday, May 31. Naracoorte (7): Sunday, August 17; Sunday, September 21; Friday, November 21 (Wrattonbully race day); Sunday, December 28; Sunday, February 8 (Naracoorte Cup); Friday, March 20; Sunday, June 14. Penola (5): Sunday, October 12; Thursday, January 8 (Coonawarra Cup day); Thursday, February 19; Sunday, April 5 (Penola Cup day); Sunday, July 12. Bordertown (5): Sunday, October 26; Sunday, December 14 (Bordertown Cup day); Sunday, January 18; Sunday, March 29; Sunday, June 28. Millicent (1): Sunday, May 3. Newer provincial clubs struggling IT was only a few years ago that Port Lincoln and Mount Gambier racing clubs were elevated to provincial club status, meaning they could offer bigger prizemoney than the country clubs. While everything is humming along nicely for the Kimba Racing Club which races once a year at Port Lincoln, the Port Lincoln club itself is going through hard times financially and have now lost its two day cup carnival in 2015. The Port Lincoln Cup Carnival for decades was recognised as one of the shining lights of South Australian racing, but it will revert to just the one day (cup day, Friday, March 6) next year. From our recent visit there, it seems that while the Port Lincoln committee is not too fussed about losing the first day (Wednesday) of the carnival, the local business houses (and some club members) are irate as it will mean an enormous loss in revenue to the city during that week. The chief reason for losing the first day, we were told, was the lack of support from owners and trainers in regards to horse numbers. Mount Gambier must be on full alert to make sure that does not happen here further down the track. While the Port Lincoln club is struggling, so too is Mount Gambier which still owes around $1 million (to Thoroughbred Racing SA) and continues to lose money each financial year. Mount Gambier officials are hopeful that the sale of blocks of lands out at Glenburnie will eventually clear the debt to TRSA. The club could also do with some immediate recruits to boost committee numbers which is at the lowest level I can recall. Who buys first? THERE should be no shortage of people eager to put up their hand to buy the first round of drinks after the next committee meeting of the Mount Gambier Harness Racing Club. Five of the six winners at the meeting last Sunday evening are part owned by no less than five of the current committee (of 11). It might be a case of everyone taking a swag and staying the night! First cab off the rank to put his hand in his pocket for a box of beer should be Ray “Doodah” Lattin as the trainer and part owner of Wings Of Delight, which broke her maiden status at start number 28. Wings Of Delight has always been the bridesmaid but never the bride, but she got the chocolates on Sunday against what seemed tougher opposition than she had been facing. And, “Doodah” was seen to have a little investment on her! 8 8 7 Teberus 9 Holly Holy 8 10 Go Girlfriend 8 11 Dalmini 8 16 Pam Ann Darryl Dodson Wayne Walters Sam Turner Wayne Walters Darryl Dodson Locals On The Track Harness Ararat (tomorrow night) R No. Horse 1 1 1 2 2 4 4 4 6 6 6 8 5 Amusing Cruiser 7 I Wantano 9 Forced Out 4 Our Mackalena 8 Top Share 3 Jasmint 4 Ruffiano 9 Strong As Arma 1 Venus Williams 3 Amberlu Angus 5 Galleons Warrior 3 Paris To Berlin 10 6 Just Be Modern Trainer Graeme Howard Kevin Brough David Kemp David Drury Barry Finnis Malcolm Phillips Tony Glynn Tony Glynn David Drury Kevin Brough David Drury Barry Finnis Graeme Howard 27 to August 31, a grand total of 19 weeks. Today represents the 19th week that Maloney has been in the hot seat. Dent’s period saw the army of guest tipsters get plenty of winners, but overall lost $386. Since Maloney moved into the chair – November, 30, 2013 – he too has picked numerous winners but overall is down by $257, which shows just how hard it is to make a quid in the racing game. Week 40 David Gilbert’s selections Morphettville gallops (tomorrow) Race 2, No. 7, Streetcar Valour, $25 win Flemington gallops (tomorrow) Race 4, No. 13, Pilly’s Wish, $10 win, $15 place Eagle Farm gallops (tomorrow) Race 5, No. 8, La Tikka Rosa, $10 win, $15 place Ararat harness (tomorrow) Race 8, No. 3, Paris To Berlin, $25 win Current balance: -$774.50 Justin Maloney’s selections Globe Derby harness (tomorrow night) Race 3, No. 5, Blissntheblack, $25 win Race 7, No. 4, Plumbers Pettycash, $25 win Ararat harness (tomorrow night) Race 6, No. 5, Galleons Warrior, $25 win Race 8, No. 2, Goota Go Yanky, $25 win Current balance: -$777.00 Also sharing the thrill of the mare’s victory were fellow part owners David Earl (vice president) and committeeman Anthony Rice who might be good for a chardonnay or two. Fellow committeeman Peter Medhurst should be able to find a small crate of champagne, after all he part owns the first three winners – Paris To Berlin, Maybe Cruising and Top Share. Then, not to be outdone, club president Phil Wood stood tall and was seen smiling like a cheshire cat after Forced Out showed tons of grit to win the Don McDonnell Memorial. Perhaps a bottle of two of Dewars from Wood to end the round will suffice. Is it all over? AS we approach the penultimate meeting of the local harness racing season next Tuesday night, is the trainer and drivers’ premierships all over? Before last Sunday it looked as though David Drury – seeking his first titles – had a mortgage on both, five clear of driver Brent Howard and four clear of trainer Kevin Brough. But, with the Finnis clan (Jayson the driver and Barry the trainer) claiming the first three races on the program, Brough chiming in with the last winner and Drury not seen in the winner’s stall, suddenly the door is slightly ajar. He now has a lead of three over Brough and Barry Finnis for the trainers’ premiership and also three in front of Jayson Finnis for the drivers’ title. With Drury having the runs on the board, he has to be an odds-on favourite to succeed. Hard done by IF you got the quadrella at the local trots last Sunday, you had every reason to feel hard done by. The “quaddy” on the last four races paid $105.50, yet the treble (on the last three races) paid more than double that ($216.10).
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