Graduation Finalists set for Addington Final

The intermediate graded Addington greyhounds have provided competitive and even 520m races for a while. That trend is expected to continue this Thursday evening when the Kiwi bred chasers clash in their $8,400 NZRS Graduation final.

Pictured: Goldstar Miley delivering her stylish NZRS Graduation heat win (pic Dave Robbie)

The three heats held last Thursday saw pace making wins being delivered. The box draw for this feature suggests this decider will be a keenly contested event.

Steve and Bonnie Evans have started the new racing season strongly. A contributor to that success has been Goldstar Miley ($2.70, TAB Final Field – option 974) and it was this daughter of Collision and More Model who set the time standard for the heats when delivering her tidy pace making 30.25 length win, securing her win by a handy 6.75 lengths.

Goldstar Po ($21) gamely chased his kennelmate into the home straight, where he yielded a tad during the run home portion of his gallop when winding up 8.5 lengths behind her. This son of Scotexcited and Forever Loyal must hop away smartly from trap five here.

Goldstar Marvely ($4.80) is the third Evans kennel runner in this final and this daughter of Yella Mustard and Know Love Affair was sighted pressing on stoutly over the concluding stages to claim her three length heat second behind Nozzno Fear. She is likely to enjoy jumping away from the two trap on Thursday.

Ashley Bradshaw applies the finishing touches to Nozzno Fear ($6.50) and she successfully did so - he jumped away nicely from trap eight to lead his heat rivals home in 30.45s. Adopting those same tactics from the ace trap in the final can see this son of Talk’s Cheap and Hard Habits producing another bold on the pace effort.

Nozzno Fear Draxler Botany Alan
Delivering their respective NZRS Graduation heat wins are Nozzno Fear and Draxler, while Botany Alan has been a previous NZRS Graduation winner as seen here when winning a Southland hosted edition ( pics supplied by Dave Robbie - drobbie@ihug.co.nz – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos)

His litter brother Hard Habits ($6.50) is mentored by Gary Cleeve and was sighted extending nicely over the concluding stages to lead home the chase after the freewheeling Goldstar Miley. He has been a regular attendee in NZRS finals and he will be hoping for a clear early racing passage when exiting from trap six here.

Cleeve provides the first reserve with Kay Bomb ($14) here. She became tangled up in early traffic when jostled, which cost her early momentum and possibly a direct place in the drawn field after settling in the rear group. This daughter of Bekim Bale and Delusionist then improved her field position throughout and she was sighted doing her best work late when finishing nine lengths behind her litter brother, Draxler.

Draxler ($10) himself was a strong pace making heat winner when he completed his assignment in 30.38s for his conditioners Dave and Jean Fahey. This member of a rather versatile litter came away quickly from trap five to dictate terms to his rivals throughout. Drawing out in trap eight says he must make a similar start from out there on Thursday.

Speaking about starting options, what about the complete hash of the start his kennelmate Opawa Plum ($5) made? She was a distinct last when leaving the traps so it was a massive effort that this daughter of Barcia Bale and Opawa Secret produced to make it into this final when she was sighted flashing home late for her 4.75 length third to Nozzno Fear. There certainly wasn’t any queries about her strength at the business end and if she can get the start right, here then she has to hold strong claims on a podium finish here.

Botany Alan ($16) won a NZRS Graduation final on Ascot Park over 457m in June for his trainer John McInerney. He has been racing in higher grades since then, only dropping back in class just prior to this series to become eligible for it. He settled in behind Draxler in his heat where he remained throughout when finishing 7.75 lengths behind the pacemaker. A quick start from trap four can see this son of El Grand Senor and Kazz Razz making things rather interesting for a long way. He warmed up this assignment by contesting an Ascot Park 457m event on Thursday where he was badly impeded by a fallen runner.

Princely Gold ($61) occupies the second possie on the reserves bench for team McInerney. He showed up during the early rush, then gamely chased after Nozzno Fear before peaking on his gallop during the run home with this son Fast Archer and Homebush Violet winding up 5.5 lengths behind him in fourth.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 23/08/2017 10:42:40 AM

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