Wow Factor for the Classy Cristiane Cyborg

Wow – Ashley would be impressed! Impressed in the manner that the exciting chaser Cristiane Cyborg slam dunked her rivals in the $5,000 feature race named after the current Manukau 527m track record holder on Sunday.

Pictured: Trainer Hayley Mullane with her pride and joy Cristiane Cyborg

It was a depleted field of six girls who exited from the Manukau 527m traps in the Winsome Ashley Series Final. Well, five of them came away okay from those traps. The red hot favourite Cristiane Cyborg decided to take an early Father’s Day stroll to commence her assignment – why wouldn’t she as it was a warm sunny spring afternoon!

Racing into the first turn, it was the Phil Green prepared Good Job vying for the race lead along with Bloomingdales from the Ben Craik kennels. In close attendance was Beltom for Denis Schofield. Meanwhile the Haley Mullane trained $1.20 race favourite was giving her army of supporters heart palpitations, being a margin behind the field.

Streaming down the back straight Cristiane Cyborg, who was giving away a slice of class to some her rivals here being just C2 graded, started to improve her field position. When the pace setters raced into the home turn it was becoming apparent that the exciting daughter of Bekim Bale and Nina’s Girl was going to feature at the sharp end of the race finish.

Feature, she sure did. Cristiane Cyborg simply unleashed with her powerful finish carrying her to what turned into an effortless 5.25 length winning margin. Making the effort even more impressive was her 30.44s winning time. Compare that time with the 30.58s that was required for the open class chasers to complete their 527m task just two races later. The winner of that event set the pace throughout for his nose victory.

Beltom eased her way clear from the chasing pack to claim second three lengths in advance of Good Job who wound up in third, while there was another 3.25 lengths back to the four placed Bloomingdales.

“Rapt – how did she do that? That was awesome. For her to give a field like that a start, then to run them down in that time was incredible. She continues to amaze me,” commented an understandably excited Mullane post race about her 28.6kg ball of muscle who had won her ninth career race day outing in her 12th appearance. She has banked just a tick under $17,000 for her owing Ownagreyhound Breeding 1 syndicate.

Cristiane Cyborg Ninas Girl Winsome Ashley
Cristiane Cyborg following her astounding Winsome Ashley Series Final victory on Sunday; Her mum the 2011 Duke of Edinburgh Silver Collar winner Nina’s Girl, plus the current Manukau 527m track record holder (29.77s) Winsome Ashley would be proud of Cristiane Cyborg’s achievement

For Cristiane Cyborg her next planned race day outing will be back at the Manukau Stadium to contest the Sunline Trophy Stakes final again over 527m next Sunday. The series, which is designed to identify emerging stars racing at the Manukau Stadium, is held quarterly. The champion mare Sunline will be mightily impressed having this classy canine counterpart contesting her race, just like the mighty Winsome Ashley would have been with Sunday’s humongous performance.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 6/09/2017 3:41:22 PM

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