Canterbury Chasers Take on the Locals in Novice Final

Two promising Canterbury bred and trained greyhounds loom as an ominous chance to prevent a locally trained victory in Monday’s $7,340 NZRS Novice final (race 10) for the Kiwi bred chasers at the Manawatu Raceway.

Pictured: Manawatu NZRS Novice finalist Opawa Rooster seen here winning an earlier Addington race (pic Dave Robbie)

Five 457m heats held last Monday decided the makeup of this final field. It is the powerful Dave and Jean Fahey training operation, who combined with their long time kennel clients Opawa Racing, the owners and breeders of two finalists, that hold the key to the likely outcome of this event.

It is remarkable that Opawa Rooster has never advanced past the C1 ranks after winning six races and $14,379 in stake earnings. Astute race placement by the Fahey’s has contributed to that healthy scenario. This son of Fabregas and Token Kay fronted up to the Manawatu Raceway last Monday for his track debut. He came away from there with a smart 26.09s 457m time listed beside his name. He will take natural improvement from that experience. He will carry the black racing vest in the final.

Kennel mate Opawa Abbie Joy was also on track debut when she delivered her easy 26.37s heat win when clearing away from her rivals during the run home. It was solid performance from this daughter of Velocette and Opawa Peekay. She jumped from the eight trap then and she will do likewise in the final. She has compiled a rather tidy looking set of stats from that trap.

As expected there is a strong local presence of “Bigtime” Brendon and Lisa Cole bred greyhounds in this final. Four of them will contest this final with two of them being prepared by Lisa Cole. Included are two youngsters who commended their racing careers in these heats.

Bigtime Lily was bold, really bold during her first race day assignment. It was this daughter of Jarvis Bale and Allegro Star who led her heat rivals into the big, long Manawatu straight. It took the proven strength owned by Opawa Rooster to get past her when she wound up 2.25 lengths behind him. She would have benefited from that outing and she has been allocated the two trap to hop away from here.

A similar comment can be made for her debuting kennel mate Bigtime Bucko. He slotted into the slipstream being the pace making Bigtime Sandy in his heat. It was solid first up effort from this son of Barcia Bale and Eruza who wound up 2.25 lengths behind her. He has received no favours for the final, being required to jump away from trap five.

Local conditioners Gary and Sandra Fredrickson provide the other two Bigtime named finalists. As mentioned Bigtime Sandy dictated the pace throughout in her heat when delivering her freewheeling 25.15s win. This daughter of Spring Gun and Bigtime Karen picked the jump perfectly from trap six and she must do likewise when exiting from the three trap here.

Her kennel mate Bigtime Allgood was sighted pressing on stoutly during the run home when he snatched his 1.5 length heat second behind Thomas William by a nose to make this final field. His claims in this final are more than likely going to hinge on the race start that this son of Cosmic Rumble and Allegro Star makes from the four trap.

David Denbee is racing a number of the members of the promising Talk’s Cheap and Scamper Clair litter. Included is Thomas William who has stylishly won four of his seven career races. He settled handy to the pace after stepping away from trap three in his heat. From there he extended nicely during the run home which resulted in his 26.38s heat win. He will be paraded to the 457m traps on Monday wearing the green racing vest.

Completing the drawn field from the one trap is the Ivan Howe and Wayne Woods trained Eye Kno. Their charge controlled the pace throughout when this son of Fabregas and Ocotillo delivered his 26.43s heat win. He must adopt those same healthy on-the-pace racing tactics from his kind draw.

Bill Hodgson applies the finishing touches to the first reserve Charlie Bo Bo. A much better race start saw this son of Spring Gun and Real Clever tracking the pace setting Eye Kno throughout, resulting in him finishing a length behind him. A similar start is required if he gains the one scratching he requires to line up here.

Tyson’s Quest did a great job when this son of Blitzing Mayhem and Vicki’s Que stepped up in race distance for the first time in what was just his seventh race day outing. It resulted in a bold 4.75 length heat second to Opawa Abbie Joy. That effort suggests that his trainer Brian Marsh is going to enjoy a fair bit of future success with this youngster.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 1/12/2017 2:10:52 PM

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