Tonneli Bale

Razldazl Jayfkay has a litter of 9 pups out of Australian Greyhound Tonneli Bale.

Razldazl Jayfkay has a litter of 9 pups out of Australian Greyhound Tonneli Bale. The Australians may be preoccupied with thoughts of big cats touring this summer but it is some visiting dogs from Kildare that they need to be wary of.

Never one to shirk a challenge, Rathangan trainer Dolores Ruth turns her pioneering gaze on global greyhound racing in a bid to match her phenomenal success at home on the other side of the globe.

As a young woman, she took on the male-dominated world of greyhound racing and was wildly successful. All manner of Irish and English classics – Derbies and Champion Stakes among them – have fallen to her indomitable spirit.

But having conquered Europe, she has turned her pioneering gaze southwards. Her Razldazl dogs have sprinkled razzmatazz on the grey recesses of dog-racing in this country and now Ruth is hoping to give the Australians a shot of that razzle-dazzle sparkle as she sends two of her brightest prospects to trainer Darren McDonald for a tilt at the southern hemisphere’s glittering prizes.

“One evening I was sitting down thinking about where I was going in the future. I’ve had some very successful years but I was looking to open up new challenges, new avenues,” Ruth explains. “I love a challenge and I was looking to try something a bit better, not only for myself but for greyhound racing, because I felt that the sport in Ireland had gone a little flat. There isn’t the same enthusiasm and I wanted to give it the spark back again and I think by going out there, that certainly happened and I achieved that.”

Her month-long holiday to Australia in January quickly spiraled into a working trip long before she departed those shores. It soon became apparent that, having won all there is to be garnered here, Australia’s greatest races offered her competitive spirit the new challenge it craved.

“I decided that I would love to race some dogs out there for a couple of reasons. The prize money is huge out there compared with here. We have the Derby here which is six runs and the other Classics are five or six runs and over there it is two runs for their big races and the prize money is between Aus $250,000 and $300,000.

“So there’s a huge financial attraction going out there but I’m also into showjumping and I do a bit of SJI. I see top showjumpers travelling all over the world every week and how that has opened up their business, the way being international has created an empire that you just wouldn’t believe. It has become a multi-million pound industry because people can travel the world. You see the same with horse racing. The top trainers travel their horses around the world for the big races and this doesn’t happen in greyhound racing.”

Ruth’s new partnership with leading Australian trainer Darren McDonald has made the Australian greyhound establishment sit up and take notice. Her Australian adventure hit the headlines with two double-page interviews in The Greyhound Recorder, the Australian trade paper.

Two weeks ago the first phase of Ruth’s plan to revolutionise international greyhound racing went into overdrive as Razdazl Luke and Razdazl Apollo landed safely on Australian shores. It was the culmination of an intense preparation period at home but, in a sense, the hard part is only just beginning as Ruth explains the enormous obstacles the pair must overcome if they are to conquer Australia.

“They have eight dog races and an inside hare so it is a huge challenge for an Irish dog to go over and compete because it’s far more difficult. They have no seeding in races so the dogs need to be tough and competitive, stay the distance and have early pace. The dogs have to really suit the environment and the surfaces are different and quicker to what we have here. There is so much for them to acclimatize to and take on so it’s a huge challenge for them.”

“Razdazl Luke won the Puppy Derby and Apollo ran in the Irish Derby even though he was still a pup so they were quite lightly raced and we gave them a break over the winter to allow them mature and develop. When we came home from Australia we built up their level of fitness because they needed to be very fit before they travelled, especially having to be quarantined. You can’t do anything with them for a month, they are just in and out of a paddock so they get very little exercise and they don’t get the same feeding they would get as race-dogs so it was quite a lot of hard work to get them ready,” Ruth says of her intrepid adventurers.

Once they are released from quarantine, they will begin their training regime with McDonald but the stakes races will be fast approaching by then so Apollo and Luke will have to shine from the beginning if Ruth’s plan is to succeed.

“From October right through to December it is hot and heavy over there with one major competition after another so they need to be up and running, ready for the challenge by late September to be able to run in the big races. So many of the big stakes take place at that time so there’s three months to get them to make the grade and show what they have shown at home. If they are good enough they are known as city dogs and it’s city dogs we want.”

This is just the first phase of her ambitions plan to open up the sport of greyhound racing to the idea of international competition. Ruth is currently preparing some un-raced puppies to join McDonald and Razldazl Bonnie. Clyde and Ned will follow Luke and Apollo if they pass Ruth’s strict examinations over the coming weeks. Having persuaded the Australian minister that quarantine restrictions need to reduced from the current six months to a more manageable ten days, Ruth has an even more pioneering dream.

“I would certainly like to spend a few months out there and what I hope to do eventually is bring a dog out myself to race it in one of the big competitions and when I feel I have enough knowledge of how things work out there then I would love to just arrive over on a plane. I’d love to go over and race in one of the big competitions over there, that would be the next challenge but I’ll start with this one first,” she smiles. “I think we have the best breeding in the world but the Aussies would think differently! The only way we will know is to take on each other and see what happens. I would love for our top dogs to be able to go over to Australia and put it up to them and show them that we can match them and beat them. I think it would open up so much for both countries.”

Razdazl Jayfkay

Trainer: Dolores Ruth

Razdazl Jayfkay was all the rage in the 2011 Greyhound Derby, but Dolores Ruth’s speedster was knocked out at the quarter-final stages and he will be hoping for a better return in the 2012 Greyhound Derby.

He was simply majestic in the early rounds of last year’s competition with exquisite early pace, but having been drawn in the same heat as eventual winner Taylors Sky, Ruth’s star was unable to manufacture his way through the field and qualify for the semi-finals.

However, he has been sensational in his native Ireland and will be one of the leading contenders again and will spearhead Ruth’s strong battalion heading over from the Emerald Isle for the Derby.

His 28.22secs performance in last year’s competition showed that if he can ping the lids then he will be extremely tough to beat and he showed when winning the Dogger Dazzler Stakes at the end of March with a sublime time of 28.20secs showed that he was not one to underestimate.

A wide runner, he is sure to be helped by gaining the black and white striped jacket and if he can get on the bunny in the early rounds then he should qualify comfortably and will be a major force and that’s why is one of the leading names in the latest 2012 Greyhound Derby Betting.

2012 Greyhound Derby Form

First Round

Handed an easy task in the opening round of the 2012 Greyhound Derby, Razldazl Jayfkay made no mistake in the four runner heat, as he ran out a comfortable winner to cement his place at the head of the betting.

He didn’t show his awesome pace intially from the boxes, but when he got into the first bend he duly picked up and pulled way clear of his inferior rivals to win by two-and-three-quarter lengths in a time of 28.39secs.

Second Round

Superlatives would struggle to describe the sheer brilliance of Razldazl Jayfkay’s second round performance as his track-record breaking performance was arguably one of the greatest things seen on a track for many a year.

It may have look straightforward on paper, but the way he stormed clear from the traps, setting the fastest ever sectional time recorded at Wimbledon, was a thing of beauty and he kept up his dominance and recorded a 28.08secs time for the 480m to porpel himself to the head of the betting.

Third Round

He may not have replicated his heroics from the second round, but Razldazl Jayfkay still cemented his place at the head of the 2012 Greyhound Derby betting with a rather workmanlike performance in winning his heat at the prohibitive odds of 1/4 fav.

He broke well and showed a decent turn of foot to head his mediocre rivals to the bend and he gradually pulled clear to win comfortably by three-quarters-of-a-length from Graigues Orchard in a decent 28.48secs.

Quarter Final

Handed his toughest assignment of the competition so far, Razldazl Jayfkay dealt with it in style as he lowered the colours of the exciting Bubbly Phoenix and unbeaten Boher Paddy with an impressive victory in his quarter-final.

Showing great early pace from the boxes, he was aided by Bubbly Phoenix missing the break and was able to get to the first bend in front and he duly pulled clear to win by five-and-a-quarter lengths in a time of 28.41secs to cemet his place at the head of the betting.

Semi Final

Having stormed out of the boxes, it appeared that Razldazl Jayfkay would be able to cement his place in the 2012 Greyhound Derby, but going to the first bend, he was baulked badly by the speedy Judicial Ruling, who took him wide.

After that he turned in fourth place and was unable to get past his Irish adversary and Dolores Ruth’s dream of bagging the coveted prize was over as the ante-post favourite was sent crashing out.


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