Close Up Galaxy Sprinting Action

Blanket finishes featured in a couple of the The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semifinals at the Addington Raceway on Wednesday evening as the field for $30,000 Group 1 295m final next Thursday took shape.

Pictured: Wheelchair Norm storming to his Galaxy Sprint semifinal win (photo by Dave Robbie)

Here’s a look at those four The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semifinals

The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semi 1
Custom Paint was sent to the 295m traps as a dominating $1.20 tote favourite for last year’s Galaxy Sprint winning trainer Calum Weir. He didn’t disappoint when he seized the early race lead to dash clear to record his easy 17.16s semi win by a 3.5 length margin. Amino Trouble led the chase home behind him for Ashley Bradshaw to book his final field position.

Custom Paint Custom Paint Amino Trouble
Custom Paint delivering his The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semifinal win and with trainer Calum Weir; Galaxy Sprint finalist Amino Trouble (photos by Dave Robbie)

The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semi 2
Weir was up again next, this time with the defending Galaxy Sprint title holder Swimming Goat. It was Botany Cold who won the break, however, that was short lived as Swimming Goat punched through underneath him to take control.

The dash to the judge developed into an enthralling affair as Swimming Goat was charged at late by firstly Watta Gun from the Ray Adcock kennels who came from a fair back to rattle home to miss by a nose in a sprint that was completed in 17.47s. Just a head behind this pair was the strong finishing Bruce Dann prepared Miss Fanning, who became the second reserve for the final.

Swimming Goat Swimming Goat Watta Gun
Swimming Goat (red) over Watta Gun (blue) with Miss Fanning in attendance, delivering his The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semifinal win and with trainer Calum Weir, along with the leader of the Goat fan club Corey Steele; Galaxy Sprint finalist Watta Gun (photos by Dave Robbie)

The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semi 3
The fingernails also got chomped on again during this heat, which also resulted in a three way photo finish being viewed. Hayley Mullane had trekked south from her Clevedon training base. She will be required to undertake the marathon journey again next week as she will be returning with her sprinter Highland Laddie.

Highland Laddie made it two Addington 295m wins from as many races when he led throughout to secure his 17.31s semi win. Again he was charged at late when Talk Talk extended strongly for Alison Lee who missed nailing the win by a head margin. Flashing late at this pair was Princely Gold for John McInerney who was just a nose behind. That resulted in this bloke occupying the first reserve possie for next Thursday’s bench.

Highland Laddie Highland Laddie Talk Talk
Highland Laddie (red) delivering his The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semifinal win over Talk Talk (checks) along with Princely Gold and with trainer Hayley Mullane and Emma Potts; Galaxy Sprint finalist Talk Talk (photos supplied by Dave Robbie)

The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semi 4
The previous week we saw the McInerney mentored Wheelchair Norm slip through his heat assignment in a slick 16.94s. On this occasion the $1.30 fav never gave his army of supporters any cause for concern whatsoever as he cruised home for his effortless 17.10s semi win when building himself a 5.5 length buffer over his rivals.

Fliberty Jiberty was the runner up in last year’s Galaxy Sprint final for Dann and he will returning to contest this year’s edition after he boldly led home the chase after the tear away pacemaker.

Wheelchair Norm Fliberty Jiberty
Wheelchair Norm with Jonathon McInerney following his The Fitz Sports Bar Galaxy Sprint semifinal win; Galaxy Sprint finalist Fliberty Jibierty (photos supplied by Dave Robbie – drobbie91@gmail.com – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos)

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By Peter Fenemor

 

Posted on 10/11/2017 9:31:14 AM

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