Power Packed NZRS Distance Final

Translator has always stamped herself as a stayer with ability. She had to strongly use her staying prowess when he flashed home late to snatch her thoroughly deserved victory in Thursday’s $11,440 New Zealand Racing Series Distance final over the Addington 732m staying distance.

Pictured: Translator spearing clear to claim her NZRS Distance final victory (pic Dave Robbie)

The Dave and Jean Fahey trained Translator made a moderate race start which saw her being contained in traffic for the first lap. Spearing out into the early race lead was Opawa Cheviot for Steve and Bonnie Evans. He was tracked through by the Robin Wales trained pair of stayers Opawa Plum and Opawa Racer. This trio appeared to have the race sorted out for themselves as they build a more than handy break over the balance of the field.

No one told Translator that as the gold racing vest worn by her was sighted steadily making up ground when the field was streaming down the back straight for the last time. She cruised up to join the dueling trio of pace makers when rounding the final turn.

Translator moved out towards the middle of the track from where she unleashed a finish that carried this daughter of Bekim Bale and Delusionist to her powerful win, completing her assignment in 43.71s. The momentum she built up over the concluding stages carried her two lengths clear of her race rivals.

Opawa Plum maintained her sold gallop which saw this daughter of Barcia Bale and Opawa Secret clinging onto to second and she was just a head of her kennelmate Opawa Racer with this son of Winsome Opawa and Opawa Andrea finishing strongly along the rail. Opawa Cheviot (Fabregas – Opawa Eye) peaked slightly on his gallop when he arrived home a further 1.75 lengths behind in fourth.

Translator is raced by the Lin Barry Wee Man syndicate, which is headed by the long time Fahey kennel worker and race day handler Mark Lin. This was the biggest career success for their charge which was her eighth win over the staying distances. She has proved to be a rather versatile greyhound who has now raced on 55 occasions, winning 14 of them, while placing in another 13 races. That all adds up to $38,601 in stake earnings.

The January 2015 litter was bred by Mark Lin, who therefore deservedly picks up the thick end of the Breeders’ bonus payment attached to NZRS finals. The minor portion of the Breeders’ bonuses was secured by the Opawa Racing team. Lin has also successfully raced the litter mates Mazu and Draxler from the Fahey kennels along with the ill-fated Min Ho. Gary Cleeve has also enjoyed success with a pair of others from the litter in Kay Bomb and Sader Nation.

“I was reasonably confident of a good showing by Translator which she delivered. Previously she wouldn’t go around the outside of other dogs, however she did that on Thursday. It was a pleasing result for Mark (Lin) and it was good to be able to train a feature race winner for him,” commented Dave Fahey.


Translator Translator Tom Tee

It was a popular and crowded post race podium following the NZRS Distance final, which featured co-trainer Dave Fahey (far left) and syndicate manager and breeder Mark Lin, who proudly handled Translator. The full NZRS Distance podium with Translator flanked by the Robin Wales trained, Opawa Racing owned and bred pair of Opawa Plum and Opawa Racer; Tom Tee simply flew through his Adding Thursday 520m assignment – here he is lonely at the finish - pics supplied by Dave Robbie – drobbie91@gmail.com – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos


Pawnote: It was strong support card to the Canterbury Futurity meeting on Thursday. Calum Weir claimed the honours in both of the open class sprints with Swimming Goat winning his 52nd Addington 295m sprint in 17.22s. Later on he produced Custom Paint to take out the other C5 295m dash in 17.33s.

Unquestionably one of the meeting highlights was produced by the Ray Adcock mentored Tom Tee. It was an outstanding effort as he handed a real chasing lesson to his talented opponents when he dashed to his slick 29.86s 520m victory. He has now broken the Addington 520m 30 second barrier on no less than seven occasions as he continues to prepare for the February 25 running of the Auckland Cup heats.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 12/02/2018 7:53:55 AM

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