Promising Youngsters in Christchurch Classic

A number of promising young greyhounds will contest Thursday afternoon’s (race 7) $7,500 Kolorful Kanvas Christchurch Classic final at the Addington Raceway.

Picture: Dave’s Dot posting the quickest of the two Christchurch Classic heat times (Pic by Dave Robbie)

Two 520m heats held last Friday decided the final field. It was the John McInerney trained Dave’s Dot who impressed in the stylish manner she won her heat in. She adopted catch-me-if-you-can racing tactics, which saw her dictating terms to her rivals when delivering her 30.24s heat win. Drawing the one trap for the decider presents her with sound claims of being able to serve up a repeat dose.

Dave and Jean Fahey are returning with three finalists. Kia Tere was the other heat winner when, after settling back in the field during the early rush, he quickly improved when rounding the first turn to take the race lead when heading down the back straight. He maintained his solid gallop to land his win in 30.53s. He will be wearing the blue racing vest in the final.

His kennelmates both finished third in their heats. Opawa Tab was bold, when after being impeded going into the first turn she improved her field position when racing down the back straight. She pressed on stoutly during the run home to wind up five lengths behind Dave’s Dot. She benefits from an improved draw for the final after being allocated trap two.

Her litter brother Opawa Rooster was also required to come from an early rear group position after hopping away from trap eight. He also improved when racing down the back straight from where he kicked on to claim his 4.5 length heat third to Kia Tere. He will slot a way into the three trap on Thursday.

Local conditioners Steve and Bonnie Evans have enjoyed a strong start to the new racing season. They will be fronting up with two littermates for the final, both of whom wound up second in their respective heats. Goldstar Spotty was game when he chased after Dave’s Dot throughout for his three length heat second. He is required to jump from the tricky five trap here.

Goldstar Marvely improved from an early heat midfield position when negotiating the first turn. She then chased Kia Tere around the home turn, then dashed after him when finishing 2.5 lengths behind him. She will be jumping from the six trap here.

Drawn to strongly make his presence felt from the eight trap is the Ray Adcock prepared Perfect Result. His heat effort to qualify for this final was huge. He was badly impeded when heading into the first turn and was forced out wide. Balancing up when giving the leaders a fair amount of territory he knuckled down to the task in front of him. He finished solidly to get into fourth, 7.5 lengths behind Kia Tere. He is likely to receive a clear early racing passage, which can see this bloke strongly making his presence felt.

Completing the drawn field is the Craig Roberts prepared 30.73s Tuesday C1 520m winner Viktoria Vikkers. She controlled the pace throughout to deliver her win after she had settled just in behind the pace in her heat which ultimately saw her finishing up a 5.1 length heat fourth to Dave’s Pic. She has displayed railing tendencies; therefore, she must hop away smartly from trap seven here.

Occupying the first possie on the reserves bench is Replica Rango for Bob Pringle. He was denied racing room when going into the first turn. He was then sighted pressing on from the rear group for his heat fifth behind Dave’s Dot.

On the other paw it was completely opposite racing tactics that the McInerney prepared second reserve Princely Gold used in his heat. He undertook the early pace making duties, however he faded during the run home when finishing fifth in the heat won by Kia Tere. He was also active on Tuesday afternoon when he led his rivals throughout when delivering his Forbury Park C3 18.67s 310m sprint win.

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Jonathon McInerney with Kolorful Kanvas Christchurch Classic heat winner Dave’s Dot; Kia Tere delivering his heat win and pictured with Robin Wales and handler Mark Lin with heat winner Kia Tere, while co-trainer Dave Fahey looked after Opawa Rooster - pics supplied by Dave Robbie - – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 13/09/2017 12:37:52 PM

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