Competitive Hatrick Novice Field

With just two exceptions the race for the Breeders’ bonus dollars in this evening’s $7,340 NZRS Novice final over 520m at the Hatrick Raceway looms as a two way battle between a pair of prolific breeding operations.

Pictured: Idol Tom who delivered the quickest of the eight Wanganui hosted NZRS Novice heat 520m heat times (photo by Wanganui GRC)

The Opawa Racing team will be represented by four finalists bred by them, while the ‘Bigtime’ Lisa and Brendon Cole team will line up two contenders.

It required eight 520m heats held on November 1 to establish this evening’s finalists. Obviously that ensured cut throat racing action as only the eight heat winners have advanced. Here’s a look at the field along with their respective TAB Final Field quotes – Win, option 302 and Top Three, option 1302.

Taking the time honours from those heats was the Marcie Flipp prepared Idol Tom ($3.60 & $1.40). That was a stylish 30.38s win that this son of Fabregas and Idol Girl produced, especially considering it was the first time he had stepped up in race distance after starting his career with four sprints. Natural improvement from that outing can see him featuring strongly again after jumping away from the four trap for Opawa Racing and Tom Rodewald.

A pair of Canterbury trained littermates bookend this field for the Opawa squad. Robin Wales looks after the training duties for the nicely drawn Dream Kay ($5.50 & $1.75). This daughter of Fabregas and Token Kay will be wearing the red racing vest after her bold track debut 30.73s heat win. She would have derived benefit from her first up track assignment.

Drawn out in the other end of the traps is her litter brother Opawa Rooster ($2.60 & $1.15) from the powerful Dave and Jean Fahey kennels. It would be prudent to overlook his 30.90s heat time, which was the slowest time posted from the heats, as the time was more of a reflection in the way the heat was run. This fella is a proven chaser having finished second in an Addington NZRS Novice 520m final, along with also winning the recent $7,500 Kolorful Kanvas Christchurch Classic over 520m.

Completing the Opawa Racing breeding interests in this final is Opawa Shiloh ($23 & $4.30), who is locally prepared by Brian Marsh. This daughter of Winsome Bucks and Groovy Eye brings vast racing experience into this event with this assignment being her 98th career outing. Compare that to the combined 59 race day outings that her rivals has experienced between. Opawa Shiloh dictated the pace to her heat rivals by leading throughout resulting in her clocking 30.66s. She has raced since when she was sighted running on late for her 520m C1 third on Tuesday.

Dream Kay Opawa Rooster Opawa Shiloh
Wanganui hosted NZRS Novice finalists (from left): Dream Kay, Opawa Rooster; Opawa Shiloh (photos by Wanganui GRC)

Lisa Cole debuted a pair of brothers from the Collision and Pink Sock litter in the heats. Both of them jumped from the eight trap in their heats with both of leading throughout. Bigtime Tyson ($4.50 & $1.55) was always in control of his heat when he scampered to his easy 30.76s win by a seven length margin. Drawing trap two here suggests that he’s likely going to adopt similar racing tactics here.

It was a much closer finish in the heat that Bigtime Forest ($12 & $2.80) won in 30.69s. He built a decent buffer over his rivals when racing down the back straight, with his 18.67s time to the back mark being clearly the quickest from the heats. However he really got the wobbles during the run home, which ultimately saw him clinging onto the race lead by the barest possible margin. Based on that you can expect him to initiate the early fireworks from trap seven.

Northern trainer Hayley Mullane has been touring the country with members of racing team lately. Included was a heat visit here with Wairoa Wolf ($17 & $3.50), which translated into a 30.74s win for this son of Piggy Back and Who Bobby. He also adopted pace making tactics to win his track debut outing. He must do likewise after he hops away from trap three here.

Completing the drawn field from the lousy five trap is Fancy Fifita ($23 & $4.30) for his conditioner Carol Morris. That was a tidy 30.75s heat win that he produced when racing handy to the pace throughout. It was the first career victory for this son of Gordon Bale and Black Emily and he certainly didn’t waste any time in claiming his second win which came when he prevailed in 26.72s over the Manawatu 457m trip last Monday.

Bigtime Tyson Bigtime Forrest Wairoa Wolf Fancy Fifita
Wanganui hosted NZRS Novice finalists (from left): Bigtime Tyson; Bigtime Forrest; Wairoa Wolf; Fancy Fifita – pics Wanganui GRC

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 10/11/2017 1:58:46 PM

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