Sharp Sprinters at Manukau on Sunday

The short course Kiwi-bred sprinters provide the main support action during Sunday’s Waterloo Cup meeting at Manukau Stadium. They will contest their $8,400 NZRS Sprint final over the 318m dash (race 11).

Pictured: The visiting Bigtime Opal delivered the quickest NZRS Sprint 318m heat time

Three heats, contested last Sunday, finalised the field. Returning the fastest of those heat times was the Lisa Cole prepared Bigtime Opal who slipped through her assignment in 18.34s. This daughter of Cosmic Rumble and Allegro Star is a seriously swift sprinter as seen by her best 18.28s Manukau 318m winning time. She will be absent from her normal Friday evening 305m outing at Hatrick and instead she will be sighted wearing the blue racing vest on Sunday.

Cole has qualified two other finalists with Bigtime Ellie also winning her heat when she clocked 18.43s after jumping from the eight trap. This daughter of El Grand Senor and Azure Allegro is compiling a respectable Manukau 305m record which she can further enhance here after jumping away from the three trap.

Cole’s third finalist is Bigtime Blue who has been allocated the one trap to hop away from. His track-debut heat effort for second contained merit. He jumped from trap eight to finish a length behind the third heat winner Highland Laddie. This son of Fabregas and Hifi Allegro would have benefited from his first look at the Manukau track and he returns with sound inside trap stats listed beside his name.

As mentioned it was Highland Laddie who won the third heat when he returned a 18.54s dash for his conditioner Hayley Mullane. He completed his task while wearing the check racing vest which this son of Star Conquest and Elly’s Girl will also carry on Sunday. He owns a solid record from that trap and his local track experience can assist him here.

Bigtime Ellie Highland Laddie Bigtime Blue

Sunday’s NZRS Sprint heat winners were Bigtime Ellie (left) and Highland Laddie, while Bigtime Blue ran a solid heat second

Belcroft Banker continues to maintain a presence amongst the higher graded chasers on this circuit for his trainer Henny Laagland. This son of Magic Sprite and Kitty’s Thunder is generally sighted doing his best work at the business end of his races. We saw that when, after he copped an early bump, he finished strongly to deliver his 4.75 length heat second to Bigtime Opal. Watch for him to produce a similar finish here after hopping away from trap seven. He does own a sharp 18.16s best 318m clock at this venue.

Carolyn Henley backed up her sprinter Southern Blue at the Cambridge Thursday evening meeting where he copped an early check in his C3 375m sprint, losing all claims. This son of Apatche Jet and Romberg Lass was real bold in qualifying for this final, which came when he delivered his gritty handy to the pace second when he wound up two lengths astern of Bigtime Ellie. He was bold as he went into this feature holding a C3 grading and he had to create his own early racing luck when he found himself in tight early racing quarters. Drawing trap five here provides him no favours.

Provided with swooping claims from the eight trap is the Phil Green trained Wong All Along. This son of Collision and Wong Way Suzie also visited Cambridge on Thursday which saw him delivering an open class 375m fourth. He was sighted pressing on stoutly from his 3.5 length heat second behind Bigtime Ellie after he also didn’t receive the clearest of early racing passages.

Belcroft Banker Southern Blue Wong All Along

Sunday NZRS Sprint finalists includes (from left): Belcroft Banker, Southern Blue and Wong All Along

Completing the drawn field is the Ross and Lynne Udy trained Raging Demon who is a litter brother to race rival here Highland Laddie. This bloke was required to negotiate traffic when heading into the turn. His effort to get up to claim his 1.1 length third to his brother was bold. He made the final from trap six and he is required to step away from the same trap on Sunday.

The first reserve is provided by Mullane with Yeboah. We all know what this son of Elite State and Collision Risk is capable of achieving at this venue as seen by his 22, 318m wins with the best coming in at a slick 18.05s. Quite simply he’s been there and done that and his vast experience can come to the fore if he secures the one scratching he requires to gain a race start here. In his heat he pressed on stoutly for his 6.25 length third in the heat won by Bigtime Opal.

The fastest of the heat fourth place getters and therefore occupying the second possie on the bench is Wong Way from the Jared Udy and Denise Cottam kennels. This son of Oaks Road and Ariana had a bit of paw wrestle with Wong All Along for the heat third placing which he lost out on by a neck margin.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 29/09/2017 9:01:00 AM

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