The Gun is Chasing his Third NZRS Title

Allegro Gun is developing a healthy habit of accumulating NZRS titles. He stylishly won a pair of July $11,000 NZRS Advanced finals and he is poised to add another at the Manawatu Raceway on Monday afternoon.

Pictured: Allegro Gun who is seeking his third NZRS Advanced title on Monday

Allegro Gun brings solid Manawatu 457m track form into the race 12 event for his conditioner Lisa Cole. That form includes his June victory in the 457m North Island Challenge Stakes at Group 2 level.

The soon be crowned NZ Bred Greyhound of the Year returns to this venue on the back of his traffic impeded Cambridge 457m race on Thursday. The early rush is going to be crucial for this son of Spring Gun and Hifi Allegro. He is required to jump from trap six on Monday – the same trap he exited from on Thursday.

It was his litter brother and kennelmate Spring Allegro who took his early racing line at Cambridge when he hopped away from trap seven. Ironically it is also the same trap that Spring Allegro exits from in this final. He was real brave at Cambridge when undertaking the pace making duties in the strong 457m field. It was only over the closing stages when he yielded to a professional locally prepared greyhound (Timmy Trumpet).

Not surprisingly Cole bred and trained greyhounds dominate this field with her having seven of the drawn contenders. Bigtime Paddy also contested Thursday’s Cambridge 457m event, where he boldly stuck to his task when finishing third. Yes, this son of Kilty Lad and Romberg Lass has drawn poorly in trap five, however he has proven in the past that he can overcome this tricky draw.

Bigtime Crackem adds a fair degree of intrigue to this feature. This son of Cosmic Rumble and Allegro Star has been flying over the short course sprints. It is his step up to 457m racing here that creates interest. His only previous 457m attempt saw him occupying the rear group throughout (race was won by Bigtime Paddy). He has no option but to jump straight onto the early pace from trap four here.

On the other paw Crackem’s litter brother Bigtime Doug owns proven 457m form around this circuit. Numbered amongst his three 457m wins includes a rather smart 25.93s winning time. Bringing that form into this final says that he can feature at the business end here by replicating that tidy effort after jumping from trap three here. He does hold a Hatrick C4/5 305m engagement on Friday evening.

Spring Allegro Bigtime Paddy Bigtime Doug

Lisa Cole prepared NZRS Advanced contenders includes from left: Spring Allegro, Bigtime Paddy; Bigtime Doug

Drawing inside him is Bigtime Blue. On paper this task looks to be a rather tough assignment for this nicely bred son of Fabregas and Hifi Allegro. Firstly he’s checking out a longer journey for the first time. Secondly he holds a current C4 grading and lastly he has been missing the jump lately.

Map My Run secures the draw advantage via the ace trap here from where he has earned a stake from in all bar one of his eleven races from. This son of Collision and Allegro Star has contested recent 375m sprints at this venue and at Cambridge lately. It was at Cambridge on Thursday where he was the victim of a traffic impeded racing passage in a quickly run 375m dash. He has proven to be a competitive 457m chaser here.

The Bill Hodgson prepared Nitehawk Rose has every right to feel intimidated in this field. She is the only girl in this line up, while obviously being the only contender in the drawn field who isn’t from the ‘Bigtime’ kennels. In saying that this daughter of Spring Gun and Real Clever has proven to be a tough chick. There’s no denying her race fitness for this mission as she arrives into it following her recent 755m (Group 2 second) and 660m outings. Jumping from trap eight says that she is certainly no forlorn stakes earning prospect here.

Map My Run Nighthawk Rose Jimmy's Rocket

(From left): Drawing the ace-trap for Monday’s NZRS Advanced final is Map My Run; Nitehawk Rose is looking to break up a Lisa Cole prepared post race podium; first reserve Jimmy’s Rocket

It is unlikely that the Steve Clark prepared first reserve Jimmy’s Rocket will be required to travel south for this final. If he does, then this son of Peking Tom and Atomic Claim will be hoping to receive a wide trap. He has proven to a potent chaser from the wider traps over 457m on the similarly shaped Cambridge track.

It’s back to the ‘Bigtime’ operation for the second reserve with Bigtime Do It. This son of Collision and Allegro Lilly had his first taste of 457m racing at this venue last Monday where he copped a decent early check and lost all claims. He’s contesting a Hatrick 305m sprint on Friday.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 8/09/2017 3:42:51 PM

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