2017 Doddi's Dash - Form Guide Ver 5.1
2016 Doddi's Dash!
The count down continues, with less than 10 or 11 sleeps to go before the 2017 Mandurah Masters Doddi's Dash on Sat 18 November.
This week sees the official start of the spring carnival with punters (and handicappers) casting their eye over the results of Doddi's Dash warm up events like the SWA Cottesloe 1.25km and Augusta Adventure Race.
The latest updated form guide sees a classy field of 46 taking shape with some scratchings, new entries 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 5.1
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. Needs to wean himself off the flippers!
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 or maybe the Silver Fox is planning a double bluff and Neil will pace Gerry for the win!
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? Has been seen passing a brown paper bag to handicapper!
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 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, may also be training with Peel and Mandurah Swim Clubs! Handicappers will be watching!
6 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??)
7 Rosemary Green - 3:20 - 100-1
Recently knocked up 3,000,000 km on a Sunday morning, so 1 km will not worry this chatty Mare. May be late starter but will be there at the end.
8 Lyn McPhail - 3:20 - 100-1
Well credentialed mare. Has been given exemption to race breast stroke, so those few who are able to should give her a wide berth.
9 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.
10 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!).
11 Linda Ray - 5:10 - 100-1
Not seen racing much, but has been unusually nice to handicapper recently?
12 Jim Pattison - 5:30 - 100-1 Stable mate of Kirk, with good recent form in Greece. May swim in his birthday suit to celebrate the occasion!
13 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! Taking time off work to train for the Dash!
14 Deb Bloor - 5:30 - 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 Jane Thomas - 5:40 - 100-1
Showing the benefit of new training regime, could be a smokey if not swimming backstroke. Swam at Cottesloe warm-up event and finished just outside top 10 female Super-legends in WA.
16 Helen Cahill - 5:40 - 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!
17 Pauline Wingate - 6:00 - 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.
18 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.
19 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! Nearly back to his best in recent track form!
20 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.
21 Jenny Crake - 7:55 - 100-1
Best dressed mare at recent Greek Carnival, high elbows make her difficult to pass. Moving from wetsuit to bathers progressively, by cutting a piece of her wetsuit off each day. May get pulses racing as the wet suit is further cut down to a rubber thong and tassles in the coming week!
22 Anne Marie Kerr - 7:55 - 100-1
Frisky mare with a free spirit and affinity with the ocean. Races regularly overseas. Performed well in Greece, if swims as well as dances will be hard to beat.
23 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. Fortunately, wears a swim cap otherwise competitors may get tangled in his octopus!
24 Paul Jacklin - 8:00 - 100-1
Secretly training 6 days a week, serious contender Getting a lot of good press lately! Improvement has not gone unnoticed.
25 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". See at Doddi's recently - back just in time to acclimatise to Australian conditions.
26 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! His not so secret plan became totally unstuck, when he foolishly sent photos of himself at Canadian high altitude training camp shoveling snow to get to his car and drive on icy roads to train at the pool!
27 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!)
28 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! Must be training at night or in a stealth costume.
29 Peter King - 8:30 - 100-1
Last year's winner, has bit between the teeth determined to start a picket fence. Last seen racing Jon Livingstone to the reef, not sure who got there first.
30 Jon Livingstone - 8:30 - 100-1
New to PK stables, propensity to swim upside down, but under new trainer should fly around the course. Now back to top form, but in an amicable arrangement has left the PK stables, flown the coop and now looking for new trainer. Last seen absolutely flying down the first leg from the Groyne to the Reef.
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 Colleen Wray - 9:30 - 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. Won Silver at recent Cottesloe lead up event in a classy field. Using her winnings to prevent handicap being changed accordingly.
33 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. Nearly back to best form.
34 Jeanette Rein - 9:50 - 100-1
Well raced and self-trained mare. Not often seen racing in this company but will not be overawed by the occasion.
35 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! Not racing much recently supposedly due to veterinary advice, but has been seen in Lawrence of Arabia disguise checking out opposition form.
36 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.
37 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. Just as predicted, all of a sudden she can kick like a donkey and is very difficult to catch!
38 Mike Bennett - 10:55 - 100-1
Rumours of scratching have proved premature. Vet advice is to take chlorine tablets before and after race. Will feature if goes through with plan to go down early and paint a black line around the course.
39 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. Seen training in drag shorts and still blitzing the field!
40 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. Unsurprisingly, smashed a classy field in the Augusta Adventure 2.2km inlet swim!
41 John Cahill - 11:55 - 100-1
Fresh back from racing in Ireland, possibly over-danced and under-trained. Big advantage as he is setting the course to suit himself - may be 50m Dash instead of 1km
42 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! Will be much faster now she is swimming without a boot on!
43 Susan Johnston - 13:15 - 100-1
Has benefited from not racing overseas this year and having a full preparation, could feature. Has been bribing trainer with lemons. Pre-dawn training at Doddi's has not gone unnoticed! May find it difficult to stop after 1km!
44 Jennifer Rollin-Busby - 13:20 - 100-1
Magnificent, mazing, miraculous, mischievous, magic, mercurial, merry, meteoric, motivated, mighty, mint mare! All the training paying off with a stunning 5th in her age group at Cottesloe over 5 km. This performance has not escaped the eye of the handicappers who, in the absence of any incentive otherwise, have acted accordingly.
45 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.
46 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 or lemons are accepted for bribes!)
Scratched on veterinary advice
Not racing to concentrate on Fashion Parade
Scratched on veterinary advice after either over doing it training too hard for the Dash!
Can be found swimming at Coogee 24 hours a day. As predicted too much night racing has taken its toll and has been withdrawn by connections.
Has withdrawn to concentrate on spotting