Unlawful Entry (pictured) is no stranger to group racing, as at just 26 months of age Saturday night’s $145,000 Temlee (525m) will be his sixth group venture in his emerging career.
The son of Knocka Norris – She Ain’t Late has drawn box one in the Temlee, which is just one of three Group 1 events set to hit The Meadows on Saturday night.
“He certainly needed box one to be competitive; there is a lot of speed in the race so he should get a good run from the red.” Trainer Brett Bravo explains.
The Group 1 Temlee field has a total of 47 group ventures between them, Angela Langton’s Shared Equity (10) holds the most experience with Robert Britton’s Above All (8) closely behind her.
Jason Thompson’s Dalgetty looks hard to beat in the 525 metre race despite jumping from box five. He had to work hard to finish fourth in the Shepparton Cup last week after jumping from box 8 and finding trouble early in the race (Replay).
“I definitely thought Unlawful Entry had done enough to get an invite to the Temlee, as he has won a few group races.”
Unlawful Entry’s first group victory came in the 2015 Group 2 TAB Great Chase at The Meadows from box 8 (Replay), and the brindle and white chaser then went on to run fifth to Dalgetty from box 4 in the Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet (Replay) and second in the Group 2 Energis Ballarat Cup from box 5 (Replay) to Shared Equity.
“I do get anxious when I’m on the way to the track for a group race but Kelly and I have been in a few so we don’t lose any sleep – what will be, will be” – BRETT BRAVO
Bravo’s chaser made the journey to Hobart to compete in the Group 1 Hobart Thousand in December, bringing home the victory over fellow Victorian Bearville Azza.
Unlawful Entry’s last group experience was in the Group 2 Cranbourne Cup (Replay), where he finished fourth from box 8 behind former Kiwi, Above All.
“I do get anxious when I’m on the way to the track for a group race but Kelly and I have been in a few so we don’t lose any sleep – what will be, will be.”
It’s a family affair for the Bravo kennel with daughter, 13-year-old Bronte involved heavily with the greyhounds.
“We purchased Unlawful Entry and gave him to Bronte; the greyhounds can be a good way for a youngster to save money.”
Unlawful Entry’s involvement with the Great Chase series has developed a relationship with the community group Riding Develops Abilities (RDA) in Oaklands Junction, who are entitled to the equivalent of 10 per cent of the greyhound’s earnings for 12 months as a spin off from the community series.
“Riding Develops Abilities are often on course, and you know when they are at the track because they are all in purple.”
Come Race 8 on Saturday night, the 2016 Group 1 Temlee winner will be crowned, and if Unlawful Entry wins it will mean $100,000 for the Bravo kennel and $10,000 for RDA.
Fiona Orr, President for RDA Oaklands Junction said there will be a group of 12 representatives from the group at the Temlee.
“We are very excited about the Temlee. We have been keeping in close contact with Kelly (Bravo) which has been terrific as she is keeping us in the loop with how he is progressing,” Fiona said.
$145,000 TEMLEE (525M)
SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY AT 9:42PM
1 UNLAWFUL ENTRY (Brett Bravo, Lovely Banks VIC)
2 FANTASTIC SPIRAL (Jason Fletcher, Appin NSW)
3 CASH IN MOTION (Robert Cooke, Woodview, NSW)
4 ZAMBORA BROCKIE (Anthony Azzopardi, Londonderry NSW)
5 DALGETTY (Jason Thompson, Pearcedale VIC)
6 ABOVE ALL (Robert Britton, Lara VIC)
7 SHARED EQUITY (Angela Langton, Anakie VIC)
8 ELFEN BALE (Andrea Dailly, Anakie VIC)
9 ASA FLYING SPUR (Anthony Azzopardi, Londonderry NSW)
10 FANTASTIC SKYE (Jason Fletcher, Appin NSW)
WATCH: James Van de Maat and Simone Fisher preview the 2016 Temlee at The Meadows including TAB odds, selections and how they would spend $10 on the $145,000 Invitational race.