Searing Pace Won Both Auckland Group 1 Finals

Pace – serious early pace is an invaluable asset in any greyhound race. Using that healthy skill in Group race deciders ultimately leads to deserved success. It was serious early pace that decided both Group 1 finals at the Manukau Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Pictured: Dirk Bale following his swift pace making Auckland Cup victory

In the $88,000 Auckland Cup final the Craig-Roberts-trained Dirk Bale took a flyer from trap six and speared straight into the race lead. It was lead he was never going to hand over, with his pace setting tactics landing him his 527m win in a tidy 30.06s.

Gamely chasing after him was Shallay Pallay for Dave and Jean Fahey and he was rewarded with his 2.5 length second, while the winner’s litter brother and kennelmate Allen Ablett was bold when claiming his third placing a further 1.75 lengths behind.

The $28,000 Qualified Pet Services Railway Sprint final was decided 18 minutes prior to the Auckland Cup. It was the gold racing vest worn by the Ray-Adcock-prepared Rosa Tee that was the first sighted when the 318m traps lifted.

She was electric when maintaining her high pace which translated into her swift 18.24s win in the Group 1 dash, scoring by a comfortable three lengths. There was ecstatic post race podium scenes with Rosa Tee being joined by the minor place getters with both of those greyhounds delivering the race of their careers.

Alex Attack was huge when he pushed forward to chase after the pacemaker and he was rewarded with his runner up finishing positions for his delighted trainers Jared Udy and Denise Cottam. Ron and Nyomi O’Regan were equally delighted with their charge Obstinatus who stylishly slipped around the outer to claim his third placing 1.5 lengths astern.

Dirk Bale Rosa Tee Rosa Tee
Trainer Craig Roberts with his Auckland Cup winner Dirk Bale; Master trainer Ray Adcock and race handler Dan Lane with the Qualified Pet Services Railway Sprint winner Rosa Tee; it sure was crowded Railway Sprint podium with Rosa Tee being flanked by runner up Alex Attack and the third placed Obstinatus

Pawnote: Check back here tomorrow for the full Auckland Cup meeting wrap up with post race comments from the connections involved, plus also feedback provided by an owner who owns greyhounds that won three Group 1 finals over the weekend – the Auckland Cup included.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 5/03/2018 2:31:36 PM

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