Youngsters ready to zip through Dapto's rich maiden series

Son of a gun: Zipping Browny's sire, three-time Group 1 winner My Bro Fabio. Picture: Sandown Greyhounds.
Son of a gun: Zipping Browny's sire, three-time Group 1 winner My Bro Fabio. Picture: Sandown Greyhounds.

First conducted as the Dapto Thousand in 1966 over 507 metres on a grass track, the Beteasy Maiden series - offering $10,000 to-the-winner - gets underway at Dapto on Thursday.

While breeding numbers and participation levels are not what they were in greyhound racing's halcyon days of the 1960's and 70's, it's always taken genuine quality to snare the big prize.

In 1990, inaugural Golden Easter Egg winner Elite Sense commenced her career with an all-the-way win in Dapto's prestigious maiden.

Four heats are scheduled for the Showgrounds track and one of the leading lights will be Zipping Browny (My Bro Fabio - Zipping Midge) in heat one (Race 2 at 7.43pm).

The juvenile posted a cracking 24.87 seconds in his only public trial at Goulburn on August 15 and, while new to the Dapto circuit, box one is a real plus. At Goulburn, he ran through the line over 440m to score by just on five lengths and the step to 520m looks an ideal progression.

Not only is the December 2017 puppy one to watch in this series, he's a potential star in the making. On breeding alone (mum won the Group 1 National Futurity at Wentworth Park in 2015) a lot is expected but there's little doubt he has the 'engine' to match his pedigree.

Mum's the word: Zipping Midge snares the G1 National Futurity at Wentworth Park in 2015.

Race 1

ELLA BELLA (Paul Ballantine): Posted 23.12 all-the-way win from box 1 at Richmond Aug 9 at debut before 5 1/2 lens 3rd in 22.79 there Aug 16. New here but expected to measure up.

RACING BOOTS (Stephen Arnold): Quickly led from box 7 to land 17.03 win here Aug 15. Well placed in this class being the winner of 6 races (15 starts). Tough to toss.

WALLY GATOR (John Grech): Chased Racing Boots from box-rise when 1 1/2 lens 2nd in 17.03 here Aug 15. Mixes box manners and minor claims are best again.

VELOCITY TASH (Robyn Goodwin): Failed twice since 21.01 maiden win at Nowra Jul 17. Landed in the lead from box 1 but headed at the first turn, got wide and finished last in 17.33 here Jul 25.

PERFECT EVEREST (Gary Eslick): Safely held when 3 lens 3rd to Racing Boots in 17.03 here Aug 15. Awkwardly drawn and has the job ahead again.

RAMPAGE RASCAL (Paul Ballantine): No threat from box 1 when 6 1/4 lens 7th in 18.96 at Richmond Aug 7. Placed at only two recent starts here but box manners mix.

WINSOME MIA (Mary Wright): Finished best to score by 3/4 len in 16.19 (box 2) at WP Aug 14. An inside alley is preferred but must respect.

Race 2

ZIPPING BROWNY (Michelle Sultana): Super impressive when fast 24.87 trial winner at Goulburn Aug 15. Son of G1 winner Zipping Midge and clearly the one to beat.

RUN RUN ROVER (Lesley Hannaford): Trialled four times before 6 1/4 lens 3rd in 30.18 here Aug 15 at debut. Minor claims best again.

FANTASTIC SHELL (Jason Fletcher): Away cleanly from box 8 when 2 1/4 lens 2nd in 30.18 here Aug 15. Faces the starter only twice and open to further improvement.

SECRET OBSESSION (David Sundstrom): Finished third in each of two outings at Goulburn over 440m so far. New here and this middle alley is a concern. Looking to others.

MACRO BURST (Antonio Teofilo): Closed late in a mixing affair when 1 3/4 lens 2nd in 23.50 over 400m at Bulli Aug 10. Looks to have the job ahead having drawn poorly.

SUPER ARCHIE (Charlie Gatt): Just on 4 lens away at debut when 4th in slow 23.60 at Tamworth Jun 15. Prefer to see at local debut.

EURO BRO (Stuart Hazlett): Had box 6 when 9 3/4 lens 4th in fast 24.71 at Goulburn Jul 30 at debut. Can show pace but this will test.

GOOD JUAN (George Borg): Trialled twice for this debut outing, latest 2 1/4 lens 3rd in 30.10 at Gosford Aug 13. New here and has the job ahead.

Race 3

ZIPPING PHIL (Michelle Sultana): Faced two rivals when 4 3/4 lens 2nd in slick 24.87 Goulburn trial Aug 15. Drawn to give this a shake.

EL RAPIDO (Jodie Lord): Never a factor from box 3 when 4 3/4 lens 6th in 25.13 at Goulburn Aug 6. Can show speed and offers value for multiples at local debut.

MY BRO BOB (Charlie Gatt): Always well back at Bulli Jul 6 when 13 3/4 lens 5th in 22.61 over 400m. New here and untried beyond 400m. Looking to others.

SOFT TAIL (Phillip Cini): Down the track at only two outings at Richmond and Gosford in recent weeks. Cannot recommend.

FROSTY'S MAGIC (Craig Chappelow): Away cleanly from box 2 but badly hampered after 75m and fell at Goulburn Jul 30 at debut. Gets another chance.

RITZA FLAME (Julian Spiteri): Quickly led from box 1 and untroubled when 3 1/2 lens trial winner in 30.12 here Aug 15. Must respect.

DARK TORANA (Stuart Hazlett): Away cleanly from box 3 but could only manage 6 lens last of four in 25.77 Goulburn trial Aug 6. This looks too tough.

LOBO VELOZ (John Finn): Failed twice since 3/4 len 2nd in slow 31.41 at Richmond Jun 28. Mixes box manners and this will test.

Race 4

GOOD ODDS CRISSY (Andrew Bell): Trialled three times for this debut outing, latest in 30.19 (solo) at Gardens Aug 10. Place claims appear best.

DAWN JUAN (George Borg): Faced two rivals when 30.10 trial winner at Gosford Aug 13. Nicely drawn and expected to measure up.

BOBBY THE BRUTE (Tim Caines): Safely held from box 8 when 5 3/4 lens 3rd in 26.70 at Bulli Aug 10. Untried here and yet to be tested on a two-turn track. Take on trust.

ZIPPING BRAM (Michelle Sultana): Trialled twice, latest 9 1/4 lens 3rd of three in 24.87 at Goulburn Aug 15. Well related but new here and this middle alley is a concern.

UNTOLD (Robyn Goodwin): Placed for the 4th time in as many outings when head 2nd in 22.85 at Bulli Aug 3. Awkwardly drawn but trained locally and commands respect.

VINTAGE MAGIC (Ken Chappelow): Mixed form at Richmond over 535m before 13 lens 7th in 30.29 here Jul 11 and now resuming. Preferred in something easier.

WORTH A SHOUT (Jodie Lord): Unable to get across from box 8 and checked at the first turn, finishing 16 lens 5th in 23.50 at Bulli Aug 10. This will test.

QUEEN CERSEI (Ken Burnett): Always well back from box 3 when 12 3/4 lens 5th in 30.29 here Aug 11 and looks to have the job ahead again.

Race 5

ALWAYS JUAN (George Borg): Never a factor from box 6 when 10 1/4 lens 7th in 22.95 at Richmond Aug 14 at debut. Prefer to see here.

MYSTIQUE HALO (Peter Rodgers): Faced one rival when 10 1/4 lens trial winner at Richmond in slow 31.40 Jul 19. Since 11 1/4 lens 3rd in sizzling 22.40 over 400m there Aug 7. Merits respect.

CONROD STRAIGHT (Jodie Lord): Tried hard yet well held when 5 1/4 lens 2nd in fast 24.68 at Goulburn Aug 6. This looks an ideal target.

COUSIN NIALL (Ray Webster): Had box 3 when 3 1/2 lens 2nd in 30.12 trial here Aug 15. Reliable beginner which strikes a suitable event to kick off in. Right in contention.

HIGH PRIESTESS (Ben McCauley): Not a reliable beginner and placed in only 6 of 21 lifetime outings. Not expected to worry this lot.

BETHANY ROSE (Christine Proctor): Battled on without threatening when 3 3/4 lens 2nd in 29.66 at Gosford Aug 13. New here yet showing improvement and commands respect.

GOOD ODDS FAMMO (Andrew Bell): Trialled three times for this debut outing, latest in slow 30.43 (solo) at Gardens Aug 9. Looking to others.

MILLICENT MISS (Justin King): Led from box 1 but outgunned late when 3 3/4 lens 3rd in 29.66 at Gosford Aug 13. Placed in 7 of 8 lifetime outings and commands respect.

Race 6

BLITZEM MIAH (Mark Suttle): Poorly performed at Richmond, Nowra and WP last month. Cannot recommend.

COUNTY LINEMAN (Leanne Godden): At long odds when 8 3/4 lens 6th in 28.89 at Bulli Aug 19. Lacks pace and prepared to risk.

LOUIS JAY PARKER (Stuart Hazlett): Successful only twice in 55 lifetime outings. Gets back early on and looks well held.

JUST TERMS (Jodie Lord): Trailed the lead to the turn and finished best to score by 3 1/2 lens in 35.90 at Richmond Aug 18. This is not tough and clearly the one to beat.

KEYDRA (Andrew Mulrine): Battled on without threatening when 3 1/4 lens 3rd in 36.87 at Nowra Aug 17. Awkwardly drawn and minor claims are best again.

BAD BOY GOODESY (Jim Vassallo): Led from box 4 but Just Terms proved far too strong when 3 1/2 lens 2nd in 35.90 at Richmond Aug 16. Mixes box manners and has the job ahead.

BLUE SUMMER SKY (John Finn): Always well back from box 6 when 6 1/2 lens 6th in 42.65 at WP Aug 17. Plummets in class and must be respected.

Race 7

PETER THIEF (Stephen Arnold): Beaten on merit when 5 3/4 lens 2nd in 30.12 here Aug 15 at local debut. Reliable beginner yet minor claims are best again.

LADY STARK (Ken Burnett): Speedy customer was unable to get across from box 7, checked at the first turn and finished 13 1/2 lens 5th in 30.12 here Aug 15. Much better positioned now and commands respect on 30.08 win here Aug 1.

MIDNIGHT CRASH (Cliff Bell): Battled on without threatening when 9 lens 3rd in 30.12 here Aug 15. Not a flash beginner and this is not easy. Place best.

GUNMETAL VALLEY (Antonio Chiarelli): Down the track in three outings since 2 1/4 lens 2nd in 22.93 over 400m at Richmond Jul 24. This looks too tough.

FANCY STAR (Cliff Bell): Struggled in easier class at Nowra in June before a break. Resumed there Aug 12 and never threatened when 8 3/4 lens last in 20.89 Aug 12. Tested again.

CANYA LILLY (Jodie Lord): New to this track when 8 1/2 lens 3rd in 29.93 Aug 15. Can show speed and has a win from box 8 to her credit. Chance in an open affair.

COWPOKE CODE (Charlie Riccio): Veteran which has faced the starter only 8 times (1 win). Lacks pace and not expected to worry this lot.

VINTAGE SPECIAL (Ken Chappelow): Faced tougher company when 8 1/2 lens 4th in 30.91 at Richmond Jul 12. Freshened and has won here in 30.29. Can measure up.

Race 8

DYNA ZORON (George Micallef): Never a factor from box 4 when 8 lens 5th in 30.26 at Nowra Aug 17. Lacks pace and others make more appeal.

SMOKEY RETREAT (Andrew Bell): Not a good beginner. Always well back from box 1 when 5 3/4 lens 5th in 34.86 here Aug 15. Well drawn but needs to lift.

STILTON HENRY (Sergio Forner): Faced age restricted company when 3 1/2 lens 3rd in 21.01 over 365m at Nowra Aug 12. Not managed win for just on 6 months and prepared to risk.

QUEEN MYSTIQUE (Shaun Parnis): Consistent placegetter at Nowra over 365m in recent weeks. Mixes box manners and this middle alley is a concern.

SUGAR SKULLS (Cliff Bell): At long odds when battling 4 1/2 lens 4th in 30.20 at WP Aug 17. Awkwardly drawn yet back in class and races best here. Respect.

COMMUNITY VALUES (Lesley Hannaford): Failed twice since 5 lens 3rd in 25.14 at Goulburn Jul 9. Handles wide boxes yet not saluted for 11 months. Take on trust.

ANGRY'S TATTOO (John Gannon): At cricket score odds when 20 3/4 lens 6th in 30.03 at Nowra Aug 12. Local form has been poor. Pass.

SWEET NANGAR (Lakis Michael): Closed late when 3 1/4 lens 2nd in 16.00 (best) at WP Aug 14. Well placed in this class and can atone.

Race 9

SHE'S SINGLE (Lakis Michael): At long odds when 9 3/4 lens 7th in 18.69 (best) at Richmond Aug 2. Not a reliable beginner and this will test.

CHROMOSOME FOUR (Ron Alcock): At or near the tail at past three starts here, each at this trip. Take on trust.

IRISH MODEL (Barry Burnet): Veteran which has managed only 3 wins from 121 lifetime outings. Pass.

WILLIWA JACK (Warren Scott): Given a break after 6 lens 4th in 4th in 25.10 at Goulburn Jul 17. Well placed in this class being the winner of 10 races (32 starts) and commands respect.

MCDIESEL (Gary Eslick): Mixed form locally before 4 1/4 lens 4th in 21.01 at Nowra Aug 12 in similar class. Suited in this class and can measure up given a clean getaway.

ROCKET ANNA (Zuzanna Pelka): Landed successive wins at Potts Park over 320m before 15 1/2 lens 7th in 20.36 at Goulburn Aug 15. No raced here for 11 months and others preferred.

KNOCK ABOUT (Shane Pulbrook): Away cleanly from box 6 when 2 lens 2nd in 20.78 at Nowra Aug 17. Can mix box manners but must respect.

Race 10

TAYLOR MADE STAR (John Little): Given a break 3 1/2 lens 2nd in 17.15 here Aug 1 in similar class. Drawn to suit but this is not easy.

BRAEBY GOT BACK (Jordan Tweddle): Had this alley when 2 1/2 lens 3rd in 17.01 (best) here Aug 15. Results have been mixed since 17.08 win from box 8 here May 30. This will test.

SEVEN HOUR PARK (Mark Knowles): Mixed form at WP (280m) and Goulburn (350m) in recent weeks. Reliable beginner but preferred in something easier.

FIREKEY (Andrew Mulrine): Untroubled when 3 lens winner from box 8 in 17.10 here Aug 1 before 1 3/4 lens 2nd in 17.01 2nd here Aug 15. The one to beat.

GIVE US PEACE (Andrew Bell): Back to best with 17.28 win from box 8 here Aug 15. More depth this time and has the job ahead.

PROJECT MOUSE (Andrew Bell): Failed twice since 2 1/4 lens 2nd in 23.44 at Gardens Aug 9. Effective from wide boxes but this class will test.

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