Sprinters & Maidens feature in First Waikato Sunday Meeting

It will be a huge day of chasing action at the Cambridge Raceway on Sunday where the Waikato Club hosts their double header race meetings. Feature race heats galore abound over both meetings as the finalists for the big ticket January 5 meeting are established.

Pictured: My Girl Chloe after winning last year’s Denis Cole Memorial Sprint

The first meeting (meeting 3) features the two heats for the open class sprinters who contest the $6,000 Denis Cole Memorial Sprint over the 375m dash. Here’s a look at those heats.

Denis Cole Memorial Sprint, heat 1 – race 9
1 Hypocritical: He stylishly won the recent Group 2 Dash For Cash final over 305m. He delivered a half length 305m second the following week, while he’s racing over that trip on Friday evening (race 5). He has drawn to feature here.
2 Birdie Tee: She’s a sharp proven Addington 295m sprinter who is making her track debut here. She was a luckless fourth place getter in the recent Dash For Cash final. She will enjoy leaping from this trap.
3 Just One Smile: She came off second best during an on the pace jostling dual over 318m on Thursday. Overlook that and go with her swift 18.29s prior 318m win. She also owns a tidy 20.92s best 375m winning time here.
4 Bushman’s Idol: He diverted out wide during the early rush after jumping from trap two over 318m on Thursday when he resumed from a spell. He cannot afford to use that tactic in this sprint.
5 Danny Dee: He’s a proven 375m sprinter here, who can beat this lousy draw providing he hops away smartly. It would pay to overlook his last start 375m fourth here.
6 Bigtime Blackie: She’s on track debut here, however she is a proven 375m sprinter on the similarly shaped Manawatu track. She owns sound looking stats from this trap.
7 Thrilling Zap: Tardy recent starts from the one trap has impeded his recent claims. He does demand respect in this dash owing to his sharp 20.93s best winning 375m time at this venue.
8 Lochinvar Brogue: He is better known as a proven Manukau 527m chaser, however his 375m sprint form here is solid suggesting that he can deliver a competitive fresh up sprint here.

Hypocritical Just One Smile Danny Dee
Denis Cole Memorial Sprint heat 1 contenders includes (from left): Hypocritical; Just One Smile; Danny Dee

Denis Cole Memorial Sprint, heat 2 – race 10
1 Sketchy Chief: Being allocated the one trap here has strongly enhanced his claims in this dash. He was stylish 21.07s 375m winner here two races which he followed up with a traffic impeded Manukau 318m sprint.
2 Bigtime Jane: She regained her open class sprinting stripes when she led throughout for her last start C4 17.69s Hatrick 305m win. She has placed in both of her previous 375m sprints at this venue.
3 Bruce Banner: He struck early traffic issues when he returned to C5 sprinting here last week. He dictated the pace all the way when delivering his personal best prior C4 21.12s time.
4 Racing Demon: He hasn’t been picking the jump in his latest Manukau 318m sprints. He has no option but to place himself straight onto the early pace when the traps lift for this dash.
5 Classy Impact: She jumped in the midfield from this trap 318m on Thursday from where she pushed out wider on the turn to finish stoutly for her 2.75 length third. She ran a bold 375m second in her last outing on this track.
6 Cawbourne Mezza: She hopped straight onto the pace which led to her 21.69s Manawatu 375m Monday win. She has no option but to adopt those same racing tactics here.
7 Zipping Gabby: She’s returning to her home track after delivering a pair of Manawatu 375m placings to her series rival here Bigtime Blackie. She must push forward onto the early pace here.
8 Rosa Tee: She’s a proven Canterbury prepared sprinter who has compiled very respectable wide trap stats. She arrives here for her track debut sprint following her last start Addington 17.32s 295m win.

Sketchy Chief Bigtime Jane Rosa Tee
Denis Cole Memorial Sprint heat 2 contenders includes (from left): Sketchy Chief; Bigtime Jane; Rosa Tee

Ollie & Hazel Lawrence Maiden Series

The Ollie & Hazel Lawrence Maiden Series is the nation’s richest race for the Maiden greyhounds, with the 457m event carrying a $6,000 stake. It is great to see the long time sponsors of this race, Ollie and Hazel Lawrence continuing their generous sponsorship which identifies rising talent after selling their Te Awamutu Self Storage business.

This series has proven to be the launching pad for numerous classy greyhounds who has gone onto successful careers. For example who can ever forget the amazing effort that the classy Thrilling Brat delivered to win the 2010 edition where he came from last and from out real wide on the turn to mow down Mr. Chino, who himself turned into a top class stayer, over the concluding stages. Here’s a look at Sunday’s four 457m heats.

Thrilling Brat Patty's Pick Watch My Back
A flash back to the 2010 Te Awamutu Self Storage maiden final which set the exciting stayer Thrilling Brat onto the pathway which yielded him numerous trans Tasman Group 1 victories; Patty’s Pick won the 2016 edition, while last year’s victory was Watch My Back for Brian Goldsack

Ollie & Hazel Lawrence Maiden Series, heat 1 – race 5
1 Jetsun Woody: He hasn’t featured in seven previous races, although he was luckless when checked racing into the first when handy to the pace over 527m on Sunday.
2 Opawa Purdie: He was seen running on late in his Otago Tuesday 545m outing after being impeded on the first turn. He stylishly won his Addington 295m qualifying trial in 17.87s.
3 Wairoa Jacko: He was last sighted August 27 over 527m. He hasn’t raced over 457m here however he placed in all four of his 375m sprints at this venue.
4 Talkabout Missy: He delivered an effortless 21.32s 375m qualifying trial time here. His breeding (from Thrilling Quest) says he won’t have any issues racing first up over 457m.
5 Fancy Fox: This Australian bred chaser posted a 19.30s Manukau 318m qualifying time. He must step away smartly from this tricky trap.
6 Bigtime Logan: He completed his recent Hatrick 305m qualifying assignment in 17.85s. That says expect a competitive debut effort by him here.
7 Bigtime Polly: She went under by an 8.25 length margin in a Hatrick 305m qualifying trial when was run in 17.88s. Her mum Romberg Lass is a proven producer.
8 Hot Mayhem: He pressed on over the later stages for his 8.75 length Manukau 318m fourth on Thursday afternoon. His prior pair of 318m placings were sound enough to include him here.
Reserves
9 Allen Mack: He’s a Canterbury based recent Aussie imported chaser. His breeder is known prolific producer of quality chasers.
10 Shark And Tayty: He hasn’t featured in six 375m or 305m sprints. He looks up against in this field if he’s required here.

Ollie & Hazel Lawrence Maiden Series, heat 2 – race 6
1 Stensness: He was sighted doing his best work over the later stages when delivering his distant 375m third in his debut outing on this track. He must jump quicker here.
2 Deception Diva: She occupied the rear group throughout during her last Manukau 527m outing. She must get underway quicker in this event.
3 Zipping Andre: He endured a luckless NZ debut 318m sprint when he was denied early racing room and then hindered afterwards. A better start is required here.
4 Thrilling Major: Thrilling prefixed named chasers has featured previously in this series. It looks like this bloke can do likewise judging by his recent smart 21.27s 375m qualifying trial time.
5 Jinja Might: Canterbury trained chaser who produced a recent 18.28s Addington 295m qualifying time. Sure, that wasn’t flash but his trainers must be respected.
6 Millie Prince: He completed his recent Hatrick 305m qualifying trial sprint in a handy 17.88s. That says a bold debut effort can be expected here.
7 Don Morocco: He has been sighted boldly contesting the pace in his recent Manukau 527m outings. He hasn’t featured in previous 375m sprints here although he looks an improved chaser now.
8 Kiwi Boy: It looks like this bloke has inherited his mums (Kiwi Girl) ability judging by his very stylish 18.60s Manukau 318m Thursday debut win. He holds obvious claims here on that effort.
Reserves
9 Bigtime Wayno: He completely bombed the start when stepping from the Hatrick 520m traps on Wednesday. He cannot afford to use that tactic if racing here.
10 Kaeshius: He hasn’t shown a great deal in his six race day outings. Slow starts has contributed to his lack of form.

Ollie & Hazel Lawrence Maiden Series, heat 3 – race 7
1 Mini Mansion: She has been mixing her recent race distances. Her races on this track has been over the 375m dash. She has missed in her four Manukau 527m races.
2 Hitch A Ride: Making a tardy 318m start when on debut at Manukau on Thursday proved to be rather costly, especially when he went wide into the turn. He did qualify nicely over 318m in 18.56s so allow him another chance here.
3 Ahuroa Panther: He’s a Taranaki visitor who has sprinted in his nine race career to date. He’s checking out a longer trip for the first occasion here.
4 Bigtime Serena: That was a rather stylish recent 26.65s Manawatu 457m qualifying trial win he delivered. That says a competitive debut effort can be expected from him here.
5 Thrilling Arnold: He completed his 375m qualifying trail around here in 21.52s. He’s from a kennel who produces her charges ready for strong debut performances.
6 Cameo Syd: He caught the eye in the tidy way he found the line for his 6.25 length Manukau 318m third when he was on debut Thursday afternoon. The finish he produced suggests that this 457m trip is ideal for him.
7 Just Jiggle: She endured a luckless Manukau 318m sprint on Thursday afternoon. Her prior effort also saw her being impeded which says she must jump straight onto the pace at trap rise here.
8 Bigtime Clyde: He settled in the rear group from this trap for his 520m Hatrick race on Wednesday and he remained there afterwards. He can’t use that tactic in this event.
Reserves
9 Girl Zena: She delivered a distant 375m trial third here last week after being held in the rear group over 375m the week before. She hasn’t raced over this trip.
10 Jetsun Singer: She did display early pace in her three Manukau 527m races prior to being put aside for a spell.

Ollie & Hazel Lawrence Maiden Series, heat 4 – race 8
1 Bigtime Tears: She easily won her recent Hatrick 305m qualifying trial in 17.95s. Her mum was an accomplished open class chaser over the middle distances.
2 Surge Ahead: He tried to push forward from the ace trap over 318m at Manukau on Thursday, however he then found himself tangled up in midfield traffic. He must jump onto the pace here.
3 Lord Louie: He has already tasted Maiden success when he stylishly prevailed at Forbury Park on Tuesday when winning his 545m assignment in 33.39s.
4 Bigtime On Track: She wound up 4.25 lengths behind Bigtime Tears in her 305m qualifying trial. She must jump straight onto the early pace at trap rise here.
5 Jetsun Angel: She completed her recent Manukau qualifying trial in 19.13s. She hasn’t been provided with any debut favours with this trap.
6 Secret Hombre: He has been unplaced in two 457m races on this track and he’s returning here after his Manukau 527m misses.
7 Talkabout Ziggy: A moderate start didn’t aid his claims when on debut over 520m at Hatrick on Wednesday. He looks safely held in this field based on that effort.
8 Fancy Chap: He completed his recent Manukau 318m qualifying trial assignment in 18.78s. That says treat this bloke with respect for his debut here.
Reserves
9 Phuket Paul: He has been mixing his recent race distances and he has been settling in the rear group. He can’t afford to miss the jump if he’s required here.
10 Wairoa Racer: He hasn’t featured in his recent 527m races and he’ll be having his first look at 457m racing here if racing here (unplaced in five 375m sprints).

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 22/12/2017 7:32:02 AM

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