2016 Doddi's Dash!
The count down continues, with 1 sleep to go before the 2017 Mandurah Masters Doddi's Dash on Sun 10 December. The weather forecast is for a flat track, which will benefit those who have been training at the pool over those who train at Doddi's.
Handicappers met last night to go over their bank statements before adjusting the handicaps for the field. Needless to say, promised gratuities have been few and far between with handicaps adjusted accordingly.
Handicapping such a sneaky mob has proven very difficult given the amount of covert training, drug taking and extreme tanking that is taking place. Nevertheless, our spys have identified those who are in form, who if also happen to have short arms and deep pockets have been given some harsh treatment.
The latest updated form guide sees a classy field of 44 taking shape. Although we have had some scratchings, there are several new entries. As usual, handicaps remain subject to market fluctuations and do not bear any relationship to swimming ability. It is not too late to invest in a better handicap!
2017 Doddi's Dash - Updated Handicaps and Form Guide Version 6.1
Track: Wet, Warm, Flat & Salty
1 Neil Aitken - 0:00 - 100-1
Has shamelessly demonstrated some of the most blatant tanking witnessed in many years. Will lead the field, but for how long?
2 Gerry Green - 0:50 - 100-1
Normally, races one out and one back from Neil, but was spotted showing him clean pair of heels when he thought no one was looking.
3 Jan Boddy - 1:00 - 100-1
Has resorted to self harm as a form of tanking, but may have over done it!
4 Marta Daniel - 1:30 - 100-1
Taking her swimming seriously. Has proven herself in all conditions as a result of training with every coach in the Peel region!
5 Michelle Marinovich - 1:40 - 100-1
Swims for show but races dough! Could be in line for a top prize like free tickets for a show ride.
6 Mandy Kelly - 2:30 - 100-1
Training the house down between Ambulance rides!
7 Ann Ferguson - 3:00 - 100-1
Struggled to fit training into heavy babysitting schedule, but has been seen swimming laps towing small children up and down Somerset Pool without the parents knowledge.
8 Sue McDonald - 3:40 - 100-1
So confident of winning the prize money has already upgraded her property portfolio.
9 Cathy Isbister - 4:00 - 100-1
Swimming faster without rather than with fins. Would not like to be Ken if beaten over the line!
10 Helen Cahill - 4:20 - 100-1
Has shown rapid improvement by totally ignoring John's coaching. Good tip for the daily double of fashion parade and dash.
11 Greg Cockram - 4:30 - 100-1
Looking for sponsors to pay for future career as full time swimmer. Will be hard to pass as he will swim butterfly!
12 Jane Thomas - 4:30 - 100-1
Good choice to draft behind, if you want to avoid stingers
13 Jim Pattison - 5:00 - 100-1
Has some seriously quick trial times this year that punters should not ignore!
14 Deb Brown - 5:10 - 100-1
Struggling to fit training into a heavy social calendar
15 Brett Johnston - 5:50 - 100-1
Racing harvesters has resulted in an interrupted preparation, fortunately without being detrimental to form.
16 Pauline Wingate - 6:00 - 100-1
Champion mare getting back to somewhere near her best form. Late morning start will suit!
17 Deb Bloor - 6:10 - 100-1
Has tried in vain to talk down her chances, but is primed to a tee for this event.
18 Susan Giles - 6:50 -100-1
Light training schedule belies serious race speed
19 David Ralph - 6:50 - 100-1
Has good pace, so much so he often stops to let the field catch up!
20 Tracey Davenport - 7:00 -100-1
Pool pedigree with a penchant for breaststroke, freestyle with a dash of salt is not a problem
21 Jenny Crake - 7:00 - 100-1
Facade of baby-sitting in Margret River has been shattered with the knowledge of covert extreme training sessions with the family in shark infested waters.
22 Anne Marie Kerr - 7:00 - 100-1
Squeezing in training and racing between almost contiguous trips overseas.
23 Kirk Bamford - 7:00 - 100-1
It will be interesting to see if training at high altitude camps in Canada pays dividends.
24 Paul Jacklin - 7:20 - 100-1
Strict training regime should see him feature, unless he starts to believe his own press.
25 Narelle Gillmore - 7:30 - 100-1
Has the ability to be in a photo finish, take the photo and publish it!
26 Gerda Williams - 7:50 - 100-1
World Champion, still to decide whether she will swim freestyle or backstroke. Handicap the same either way.
27 Peter King - 8:00 - 100-1
Handicappers have taken into account his easy win last year and high-profile connections in swimming circles!
28 Trevor Atkinson - 8:00 - 100-1
Has the pace to be in the money.
29 Colleen Wray - 8:20 - 100-1
Ran 2nd in 2016 and has improved significantly. Started on high-performance drugs to stop cramps caused by swimming too fast!
30 Wayne Cable - 8:40 - 100-1
Will easily fit in the 1km Dash in a big schedule. Swims to work!
31 Ken Isbister - 8:40 - 100-1
Will need to be at his best to catch Cathy. May resort to wearing mankini to put off other swimmers.
32 Anna Gstaettner - 8:50 - 100-1
Classy mare who usually is on a salt free diet, but has made an exception for this event.
33 Jeanette Rein - 8:50 - 100-1
Hoping to add winning the Doddi's Dash to long list of swimming achievments
34 Steve Crake - 9:00 - 100-1
Extreme training at Margret River and avoiding the wineries has him showing speed at recent training sessions.
35 Karen Boyce - 9:10 - 100-1
Has swapped frequent gold medal swimming to become Platinum frequent flyer. However, form may suffer as there are no pools in business class lounges.
36 Glenda Hurtado - 9:40 - 100-1
Living up to her nickname "slippery" with new low drag suit. Cheek from training partner Wayne may see him taken to the cleaners!
37 Tanya Thaw - 11:10 - 100-1
Well credentialed and trained mare. Recent tanking at training has not fooled anyone.
38 Guy Boyce - 11:20 - 100-1
In the best racing form for many years will see him mix it with the best
39 Barb Pellick - 11:30 - 100-1
Permanently coming back from injury!
40 John Cahill - 11:40 - 100-1
Shift from Saturday to Sunday should not affect his performance, as he races every Sunday morning feeling the effects of the night before
41 Wendy Kennedy - 11:50 - 100-1
Tough as nails mare on the improve. May miss start due to talking too much!
42 Susan Johnston - 12:20 - 100-1
Born and bred racer who needs the prize money to finish renovating.
42 Simon Lyons - 13:00 - 100-1
Drinks "tea" prior to racing, which seems to have the similar effects as the fountain of youth.
44 Jennifer Rollin-Busby - 14:00 - 100-1
Pocket rocket, swimming out of her skin doing PB's at training