The Final Word: Group 1 TAB Temlee

THE Group 1 TAB Temlee is one of the premier races on the greyhound calendar, and the 2022 edition promises to be one of the finest yet.

Mick Floyd

10 February 2022

THE Group 1 Temlee is one of the premier races on the greyhound calendar, and the 2022 edition promises to be one of the finest yet.

The invitational over 525m has brought together some of the finest sprinters in the country – no surprise given the $100,000 first prize on offer – and serves as a final tune up for the even richer Australian Cup heats the following week.

To sum up the race in one word – quality. Here’s how we sum up each runner, in one word.

Box 1 – Kinson Bale

Trainer: Sam Grenfell

Record: 54 starts 13-15-9, $164,640

In a word: Battle-hardened  

With 54 starts to his name, it’s amazing to think Kinson Bale is still not two and a half years old. Since making his debut almost 12 months ago, his longest break between races is just 20 days and has thrived on the busy regime. He’s been placed in 15 of his last 17 starts including the Silver Bullet, Melbourne Cup and Warragul Cup.

Box 2 – Idolize

Trainer: Peter Presutto

Record: 17 starts 9-4-1, $163,240

In a word: Upside

The youngest runner in the race – by four months – Idolize has just turned two and has already won the premier age restricted bitches races in Victoria (the Laurels) and New South Wales (National Futurity). A daughter of boom sire My Redeemer, Idolize has already provided trainer Peter Presutto the thrill of a life time – with the promise of more to come.

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Box 3 – Spotted Elk

Trainer: Graham Hall

Record: 39 starts 17-7-4, $238,385

In a word: Speed

The Queenslander will make her second start outside of her home state on Saturday, having run second in the Phoenix at The Meadows last December. The start is key to her chances – she’s led all of the way in her last 8 wins.

Box 4 – Aston Rupee

Trainer: Glenn Rounds

Record: 38 starts 21-8-4, $475,950

In a word: Beast

Aston Rupee is the fastest greyhound in the world. He may be the fastest greyhound in history. He’s won 4 races in under 29 seconds at Sandown Park – no other greyhound has done it more than once. As fast as he is, he does have one big flaw – he needs a stride to muster his great speed. If he gets it, he wins because no dog can match him.

Box 5 – Zipping Kyrgios

Trainer: John Finn

Record: 52 starts 26-10-6, $271,265

In a word: Charismatic

Lining up in his 12th group final at career start 53 speaks volumes for the Zipping Kyrios’s quality. Like his tennis playing namesake, his best is as good as any with 15 of his wins have been in the fastest time of the night. But also like his tennis playing namesake, we don’t always see it on gameday – his box manners can put him in an awkward spot. Regardless, he’s a popular dog that is always fun to watch.

Box 6 – Do It

Trainer: Jeff Britton

Record: 55 starts 17-16-6, $276,532

In a word: Track Specialist

Yes, ‘Track Specialist’ is two words. But there is no other runner in this race that matches Do It’s affection for the Camp Road circuit. Including his two starts over 600m, Do It boasts a brilliant 6-6-2 record from 16 starts at the track, but a comparatively moderate 11-10-4 record from 39 starts elsewhere.

Box 7 – Zippy Tesla

Trainer: Andrea Dailly

Record: 26 starts 7-6-5, $137,000

In a word: Strong

Averaging a first split of just 5.25 from his 14 starts (breaking 5.20 just once with a best of 5.10), he’s not going to lead a field of this quality especially from the wide draw. But he will be hitting the line hard so regardless of the result in the Temlee, keep him in the black book for when he inevitably steps up in distance (and wins a good race or two).

Box 8 – Lala Kiwi

Trainer: Andrea Dailly

Record: 46 starts 18-7-3, $304,445

 In a word: Sneaky good

Yes, ‘sneaky good’ is also two words, but if there is no greyhound that has built a record as ‘sneaky good’ as Lala Kiwis. Her overall record is impressive, but her last 22 starts have been elite. All 22 of those starts have been in top grade, six of which at group level including a second placing in the Melbourne Cup.

The group 1 Temlee will be run at 8.50pm on Saturday night.