To A Greyhound, Turns Ain’t Turns

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A reader requested what I assumed concerning the “J-track design”. A great query for all of us, in fact.

I suppose he’s speaking concerning the upcoming Traralgon circuit, which I envisage as extra of a boomerang. Both method, that’s to be its form, as dreamed up by the Allan engineering folks and UTS. Really, it’s not a circuit in any respect however merely a bent line. Revolutionary, to make certain, with a single 70m flip radius.

My sense is that the considering was dominated by what quantities to a UTS obsession – security, no matter the associated fee. In actuality, it’s a Clayton’s model of a straight monitor. That is additionally why its recommendation to Greyhound Racing New South Wales (GRNSW) strongly most well-liked (cleaner) straight monitor racing and why GRNSW reacted like an automaton by instantly calling for expressions of curiosity from NSW golf equipment which could like to put in one. Why they’d not executed this over the past decade or so is one more good query. (As we communicate, one goes in at Richmond over a distance of 340m to 360m – studies differ).

Properly, honest sufficient, NSW badly wants some straight monitor choices. The state, the breed and trainers have been badly served by the mixed disinterest of GBOTA (at Appin), the previous NCA (at Wyong) and varied GRA/GRNSW teams over a few years. Curiously, all three have pursued ultra-short journeys round awkward, interference-prone turns, all of which proceed untouched at this time. That bias is difficult to fathom, particularly as Healesville and Capalaba straight tracks have been flourishing within the two neighbouring states.

However does the Traralgon “boomerang” meet the wants? Properly, partly, because it embraces a single sweeping flip which can hopefully scale back the possibilities of falls or interference – though maybe much less so over the 400m distance, the place I might anticipate extra bunching than over 500m.

On the identical time, a greatest guess could be that the monitor will strongly favour huge striding canine and vast runners, relatively than nippy railers. That constitutes a bias which usually needs to be averted. Moreover, there’s nothing longer than 500m so stayers are excluded – extra’s the pity. Nevertheless, you possibly can say it’s only one in all many tracks and so could possibly be acceptable as a part of the bundle. Trainers with a sure sort of canine can simply go elsewhere.

My desire could be for UTS and others to pay attention extra on a wide range of defective options at current tracks relatively than attempting to re-invent the wheel. Even so, I can’t actually object to Traralgon, though I’m suspicious of the motives for the unconventional design.

Primarily, my considering is that the breed ought to develop with a number of traits, every of which might be glad higher at some tracks than others. Selection is the spice of life.

Warragul Observe Points Highlighted In Cup Heats

On a associated topic, did you observe that some fancied runners got here to grief within the Warragul Cup heats final week? A few of them have been helpful on the flip however discovered it laborious to get throughout or transfer up and finally retreated into the again half of the sphere. Favourites gained solely one of many six heats when Shima Shine ran straight to the entrance from the surface field. The monitor clearly favours leaders or these in a position to motor up on the rail as they arrive out of the flip.

The camber could or will not be an issue (wants checking) however I’m extra inclined to have a look at the flip radius the place Warragul has one of many smallest numbers (54m) in Victoria. Horsham is simply 50m however all the opposite one-turn tracks have 59m to 64m radii.

However turns are a two half dialogue. What I might additionally like to search out out is how a lot of that radius is in play and precisely how the transitions contribute at both finish. By that I imply that you may have a large sweeping 54m flip or a slim 54m flip – that’s, tracks the place the 2 straights are wider aside or nearer collectively, leaving kind of of the general journey allotted to racing on the flip itself. Warragul seems very tight to me (each on web site and on video).

As an instance, take into account that each Angle Park and Sandown have similar dash distances (515m) and similar flip radii (51m). But the previous clearly has extra of the gap allotted to the turns and rather less to the straights. Broad runners typically have difficulties at Angle Park and common race occasions (the freakish Brett Lee excepted) are considerably longer than at Sandown – by about two to a few lengths. On the identical time, Sandown (and Meadows as properly) have a a lot greater fall fee and the next interference fee than Angle Park. So the form of the monitor could make an enormous distinction.

Detailed surveys – recurrently up to date and printed – could be an assist to explaining race performances. Meantime, the Warragul monitor could possibly be modified however solely at nice expense. Be aware additionally that the GRV curator’s handbook (or my copy) doesn’t specify the place adjustments in camber start and finish.

PS: Any growth of the Warragul greyhound monitor could be hampered by the proximity of the trotting circuit (see additionally Albion Park, which has an identical downside).

Trivia

Fascinating to notice that stewards queried the betting on a failed $6.50 runner in Race 2 at Warragul on the identical night time because the Cup heats.

What was intriguing to see was that the Tab Win swimming pools have been solely $3,773 (NSW) and $7,541 (Vic), a lot of which might not have been seen till very late. Equally, betting with the corporates (Fastened Odds or in any other case) would have been break up up amongst a number of corporations so the chances would have been erratic at the very best of occasions, notably for a mid-priced runner.

It’s laborious to see how such small figures could possibly be construed as significant however good luck to the stewards. The canine managed solely third place anyway so the dialogue form of fizzles out. However why don’t administrations require the corporates to publish their betting volumes as a routine? Then we might all know what’s occurring.

Trivia (2)

Because the New 12 months opened up I occurred to note a string of Wheeler-owned canine racing at Ballarat on a well-liked Friday – 18 of them to be precise, most in Maiden races. Going additional, there have been 12 extra at Geelong, six at Bendigo and three extra at Warragul. All these occurred on a single night time and all have been on the provincials in only one state. That’s a complete of 39 canine (for 4 wins) from a stud the place, not so way back, Paul Wheeler introduced he could be halving his output due to the extreme rule-making in NSW. Some half!

Some complain concerning the Wheeler dominance however how would we fill the bins with out him? Partially fill, that’s.

Be aware: the Dailly-Wheeler combo offered all eight runners and each reserves in a Maiden at Ballarat on January thirteenth. In addition they had three different runners, two of which gained.

Trivia (3)

This should be a world report. On January 7 a semi-trailer load of Dailly-trained canine competed in a five-heat Maiden sequence at Warrnambool, profitable 4 of them. The fields have been made up of 32 canine from the Dailly kennel and simply seven from elsewhere. Solely 10 of the Dailly’s have been Wheeler-owned.



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