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Herald Sun Form Guide : October 24th 2009
+ + un.com.au Herald Sun, Saturday, October 24, 2009 57 TOPGUN Hot Pies and dogs: Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury with Topgun entrant Cindeen Shelby. Picture: DARREN TINDALE Shelby's gunning for atonement Nick Quinn LEADING trainer Kelvyn Greenough is confident Cindeen Shelby can atone for last year's unlucky perform- ance in the Topgun and win this year's event. Inacaseofde ´ja ` vu, Cindeen Shelby will again jump from box number two in the big race. But connections of the $3 joint favourite hope it's not a case of history repeating after Cindeen Shelby last year bombed the start, effectively ending any realistic winning chance. ''It is always the best field possible, so you can't afford to do anything wrong, like she did last year,'' Greenough said. ''I am very pleased with the draw, and hopefully she can jump out well and be very hard to catch. ''I am not overly confident as it is such a strong race, but she is going very well. ''It is what we all strive for, having a dog like this.'' Greenough will make a two- pronged attack on tonight's race as he will also run High Earner from box five. The trainer gives High Earner an each-way chance, but thinks Cindeen Shelby will be the better of his two runners. ''High Earner is smart and will be a good each-way chance, but I think Cindeen Shelby is the better of my two,' Greenough said. Cindeen Shelby previously raced with great success in New South Wales when trained by Ray Parkinson. Last year, when Ray's son, Deen, stayed with Greenough, he never suspected the move would result in a kennel change. ''It was a great result,'' Greenough said. ''Deen stayed with me, and when he went back home he left the dog with me so she could race in Melbourne. All it cost me was a few hot dinners and a couple of cold beers.'' Since then Cindeen Shelby has done plenty of racing in both states, and is building an impressive resume. ''The Parkinsons have been sensational, and as a result we can select the races that best suit her and have a crack at them,'' Greenough said. ''The fact that she races so well in both Victoria and New South Wales gives us plenty of options.'' Greenough said the greyhound's versatility was a major reason for her success. ''She adapts and settles in so well wherever she goes that we can just focus on selecting the races, knowing the rest will take care of itself,'' he said. ''But obviously it would be great to add the Topgun to her wins. ''The Topgun is always a great race and a great night. There is a big crowd and a terrific thrill and it is very exciting simply having a run- ner, let alone be in contention.'' the charm for Dyna Lachlan '' If I had to name one dog I was most worried about, I would name seven, as that is how strong the race is. Our bloke is a quick beginner, so if he is going to win he needs to fly the lids. TOM DAILLY soifhe e lids.'' mooth s.better ything inent aid the ability nse of jokers zones, know everyone around them, they will con- stantly stir and tease everyone. ''For instance, they call (fellow trainer) Darren McDonald 'Grumpy', and they'll stir up certain trainers when they have good box draws. They get along with absolutely everyone, though, and no one takes their teasing to heart. They are also often the first people to help any newcomers to the sport. ''Tom is married to (trainer) Andrea and is more the settled family man type. They have one young child together and Andrea has three others. ''Tom and George are a great team, but Tom is the boss. He is the one that nominates the dogs for their races. ''Tom and George argue, but it never gets serious. ''George is the one who checks the dogs for injuries. He has every second weekend off and that's when he'll either stay at my place (in Altona) or we'll go away to my holiday house in Port Arlington and have a few beers. ''George is more adventurous than Tom. He's done karate and is happy to try anything different such as skydiving or bungee jumping. ''They are also very competitive by nature. You'll find that when they have a favourite in a big race, they can close up and be a lot more serious and tense. ''I think it's a sign of nervousness because they really want to win.'' e Topgun Shootout at The Meadows tomorrow night. opgun fan ns champion's veins evin's ved to study nathan nds so evin on ays on at the e was ght at young fella. That was my first job, putting the dogs in the boxes for a few years,'' he said. ''But obviously when I started playing footy I had to stop, but my mum and brother trained and their first dog was Mighty Assassin, who won a few Group 1s.'' Brown was adamant the Topgun was a great event. ''It really is a great night,'' he said. ''The Topgun field is hand-picked, so you don't have to worry about heats or anything like that, which ensures it is the best of the best. ''None of the best dogs are going to miss gaining a start, and so it really is a case of the best of the best. ''Going to the dogs is always a great night out. Good fun. ''As a kid growing up, I used to love going to the greyhounds and having plenty of fun. Great giveaways like footys, so there might be a bit of kick-to- kick going on.'' Brown, Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson and Melbourne Vixens co-captain Bianca Chatfield are new ambassadors for Greyhound Racing Victoria. Nerves just won't abate Nick Quinn GRAEME Bate might be Australia's most successful greyhound trainer, but despite countless successes throughout the years, the nerves still get to him on race night. ''I still get very nervous. I can't watch the race around other people and I must watch it by myself,'' Bate said this week. ''Whenever I am standing with somebody, they will go the early crow, which always ends in disaster. they will say something like, 'Oh you've got this', or 'You're home here', and at that moment something invariably goes wrong.'' Bate will have two runners in tonight's race --- $3 joint favourite Velocette and $8 chance Turanza Bale, who will jump from box seven. But Bate will not see any of them run in the flesh. ''I will be at the track, but when the dogs are heading to the boxes, I will wander off and find a television somewhere and watch it by myself. I haven't worked out where that will be yet, but I can guarantee I'll be by myself when they jump,'' he said. Bate, who has enjoyed plenty of success during the past 12 months, hopes his box one draw with Velocette will help him add another Group 1 feature. ''We've had a great run over the past 12 months and we hope that continues. Because of the box one draw with Velocette, I am hoping that can continue,'' he said. ''If he is two lengths off them on the turn, I will be very confident. He will either then come up on the inside and come around them, but he will get his chance.'' Bate identified Cindeen Shelby as the rival who looked the hardest to beat. ''She is a speedy beginner and I am expecting her to lead,'' he said. ''The key will be can we be within two lengths of her on the turn. If we are, then I know how strong our bloke is over the concluding stages. If not, then she looks very hard to run down.'' Bate is delighted with recent changes made to Australian racing to work to a nationwide calendar. He said they gave trainers and owners the best chance possible to utilise all the races their dogs could contest. ''The new set-up is simply sensational. I have the calendar in the shed and it is simply marvellous,'' he said. ''Trainers can sit down and work out what they are going to do and where they will be 12 months in advance. I simply can't speak highly enough of it.'' Velocette will next head to Sandown for a Melbourne Cup campaign. ''He loves Sandown and races very well there,'' Bate said. ''We'll be pushing on to the Melbourne Cup. Who knows? We might even be able to pull off a Topgun-Melbourne Cup double.''
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