Peter King winning the 2016 Doddi's Dash!
The count down continues, now there is only three weeks to go before the 2017 Mandurah Masters Doddi's Dash on Sat 18 November.
Word has got around and the fashion parade is attracting interest from some seriously good swimmers (e.g. World Champ Gerda Williams has entered)!
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the event has been MARC. Recently, MARC has experienced a huge increase in pool entry fees due to so many members sneaking down to the pool to train, often in disguise so as to avoid attracting the attention of the handicappers.
Remember your $10 entry fee goes to Peel Community Kitchen and entitles you to a free sausage sizzle, as well as a chance to win stupendous prizes in the Fashion Parade and coveted Golden Goggles Perpetual Trophy.
In a recent development, Department of Transport is considering approving Doddi's Dash number plates, so stay tuned!
The latest updated form guide sees some new entries to the field and updates on some runners form. As usual, handicaps remain subject to market fluctuations and do not bear any relationship to swimming ability.
2017 Doddi's Dash - Updated Handicaps and Form Guide Version 4
Track: Wet, Cold, Bumpy & Salty
1 Neil Aitken - 0:00 - 100-1
Has shown marked improvement in response to some tough love and the threat of the whip from trainer Gerry.
2 Gerry Green - 0:00 - 100-1
Silver fox! Has been racing "unco" for the last year, getting back to into some good two arm form. May only be running on behalf of betting syndicate to pace stable mate Neil into the race
3 Michelle Marinovich - 2:00 - 100-1
Yet to race this season, but in good shape under new trainer. Recently, in the prize money at Royal Show, but not sure which event?
4 Jan Boddy - 2:15 - 100-1
Hard Core Swimmer! Attending secret training camp. Track work improving, if swimming form is as good as dancing will be there abouts.
5 Mandy Kelly - 3:30 - 100-1
First run in this event. Lightly raced mare, part of the MB stables where she trains well, but may struggle on bumpy track. Scarlet Pimpernel of the field, handicappers still looking for her
6 Marta Daniel - 3:30 - 100-1
Just entered. Previously raced at NSW country meets. Can not get enough hard work, so training with both the MB and BP stables. With 3 weeks to go may be one to watch!
7 Ann Ferguson - 3:30 - 100-1
Raced well in Greece, despite not being seen at the training track. Well supported in the betting by grandchildren. Sue Mc has given her a copy of her secret dancing training program, which should pay dividends (10x100 Jive on 1:50??)
8 Cathy Isbister - 3:40 - 100-1
Well trained and another from the BP stable that will attract money with this handicap. One for the lady punters, nice as pie before the start but is prone to an attack of white line fever.
9 Sue McDonald - 4:35 - 100-1
Raced and danced well in Greece, but looking to improve with new grueling dance training program from Head Dancer MB (Aerobic set: 4x200 Pride of Erin to warm up then 2x100 Cha Cha - sprint first 25, then 2x100 Rumba - hard - with one hand resting on your butt!).
10 Linda Ray - 5:10 - 100-1
Not seen racing much, but has been unusually nice to handicapper recently?
11 Greg Cockram - 5:30 - 100-1
Early morning track form has not gone unnoticed. Rumours are he is seeking out dodgy vet for some "special" assistance, will definitely be swabbed if in the money!
12 Jane Thomas - 5:40 - 100-1
Showing the benefit of new training regime, could be a smokey if not swimming backstroke.
13 Helen Cahill - 6:00 - 100-1
May race or May not race - depends on the day, did not remain on previous handicap for long given the improvement shown since last season and joining BP stables. Reportedly seen training with stable mate John on Sunday mornings!
14 Deb Bloor - 5:10 - 100-1
Odds on favourite for fashion prize, intense cross training regime is paying dividends. If not swimming in stockings, well worth considering along with Ingrid for the Fashion and Dash Double.
15 Pauline Wingate - 5:10 - 100-1
Champion mare, improving and moving up the field accordingly. Now starting to put in some serious work down at Doddi's track, but may be a ruse as she is part of a syndicate financing Gerda's entry.
16 Deb Brown - 6:10 - 100-1
Still in a spin after Greece carnival, where her form was better off track than on. Needs to focus on swimming rather than new stallion in the paddock next door.
17 David Ralph - 6:40 - 100-1
Starting show promise after putting in some solid swims on the course. New yoga training program has him supple as a willow!
18 Paul Jacklin - 7:40 - 100-1
Secretly training 6 days a week, serious contender Getting a lot of good press lately!
19 Susan Giles - 7:45 -100-1
Raced lightly, distance will suit, recent form suggests she may need to see the whip to get her best
Not to be underestimated for fashion parade or Dash.
20 Jenny Crake - 7:55 - 100-1
Best dressed mare at recent Greek Carnival, high elbows make her difficult to pass.
21 Wayne (Spud) Hurtado - 7:55 - 100-1
First run in this event. Untrained and badly behaved gelding, recently banned from racing in Greece, Spain, Ireland and UK. Starting show promise under new trainer who is not putting up with any back chat.
22 Narelle Gillmore - 8:00 - 100-1
Well trained and behaved mare, darling of the MB and BP stables, Greece form would suggest she will feature. Secretly training with stable mate Trevor, while supposedly on "family cruise".
23 Kirk Bamford - 8:00 - 100-1
Has been racing and training at high altitude camps in Canada, connections plan to bring to Australia just before the race. Missing stablemate Jim!
24 Ken Isbister - 8:00 - 100-1
Another from the BP stable, recent track work has not escaped the eye of the handicapper, still a big chance. New iridescent blue swim suit should give him the edge in fashion parade and dash (only if he shaves down!)
25 Trevor Atkinson - 8:15 - 100-1
Always last into the stalls, back from injury and well rested, one to watch if focused. Has been seen towing cruise ships up and down the coast off Singapore!
26 Colleen Wray - 8:15 - 100-1
Racing in poka dots, after recent win. Penalised heavily after running 2nd last year, but this should not be a problem given recent form.
27 Peter King - 8:30 - 100-1
Last year's winner, has bit between the teeth determined to start a picket fence
28 Jon Livingstone - 8:30 - 100-1
New to PK stables, propensity to swim upside down, but under new trainer should fly around the course
29 Wayne Cable - 9:10 - 100-1
Stayer, better over a longer distance, since started listening to trainer form improving but too much night racing may effect day time performance
30 Hazel Cockram - 9:20 - 100-1
Yet to capture last year's form, runs well on two legs. Handicappers nightmare For someone with a sore arm, she is hard to catch at training!
31 Gerda Williams - 9:30 - 100-1
World Champion fresh from racing in New Zealand and eastern states. Classy mare and will be difficult to beat swimming right way up or upside down
32 Ray Reynolds - 9:40 - 100-1
Fresh from racing over east, recent form showing promise, could be a dark horse. Back training and improving each week.
33 Steve Crake - 9:55 - 100-1
Recent form off the track excellent, where he has been leading from the front. On track form ho-hum! Novelty bet!
34 Karen Boyce - 10:10 - 100-1
Good breeding and recent job opportunity has resulted in a "Mercurial" swimmer. Now racing mostly overseas, where she has attracted attention at UN meets.
35 Glenda Hurtado - 10:15 - 100-1
Recent form shows improvement, but tanking by pretending she cant kick! Focusing for this event as part of build for a set of Rotto number plates
36 Craig Stanford -11:00 - 100-1
First run in this event. Stablemate of Erica, young colt with impressive 1st up performances, no one believes talk of poor track form
37 Joel Lewis - 11:30 - 100-1
Did not race in winter carnival, recovering from fetlock injury, trying very hard to talk down chances, but is quietly confident given recent form
38 John Cahill - 11:55 - 100-1
Fresh back from racing in Ireland, possibly over-danced and under-trained
39 Jennifer Rollin-Busby - 12:20 - 100-1
Magnificent, mazing, miraculous, mischievous, magic, mercurial, merry, meteoric, motivated, mighty, mint mare!
40 Barb Pellick - 13:10 - 100-1
Spending more time in the vet surgery than on the track, not to be underestimated. Running out of appendages that work!
41 Susan Johnston - 13:15 - 100-1
Has benefited from not racing overseas this year and having a full preparation, could feature. Pre-dawn training at Doddi's has not gone unnoticed!
42 Simon Lyons - 14:00 - 100-1
Quiet achiever. May feature in a photo finish, if he doesn't stop for a surf along the way.
43 Ingrid van der Wel - 15:00 - 100-1
Stablemate of Erica, capable of racing 4 wide and still being there at the finish. Favourite for fashion parade and dash double, but may get bored waiting to start.
Racing elsewhere, (probably, where oranges are accepted for bribes!)
Scratched on veterinary advice
Focusing on short sprints and revenging recent losses
Not racing to concentrate on Fashion Parade