Masterful Railway Sprint Training Performance

83-year-old New Zealand Greyhound Hall of Fame conditioner Ray Adcock remains as competitive as ever in the mentoring ranks. He meticulously planned the preparation of his star kennel short course sprinter Rosa Tee for the $28,000 Qualified Pet Services Railway Sprint right down to the exact tee-off time.

Pictured: Master trainer Ray Adcock with his star sprinter Rosa Tee and race handler Dan Lane

Rosa Tee blasted away from the Manukau 318m five trap to seize the early race lead. It was a lead she was never going to hand over as she scampered through her Group 1 assignment in a slippery 18.24s, winning it by a comfortable three length margin.

It was a pair of lessor favoured sprinters who occupied the minor sides of the podium. Alex Attack delivered the race of his career to claim second for Jaren Udy and Denise Cottam, while the Ron and Nyomi O’Regan prepared Obstinatus wound up as the stylish third place getter.

“Once Rosa jumped into the lead she was never going to be headed. She had been building nicely into this final and she was right at peak for it,” commented Adcock. He had brought her back from a seasonal condition that she had achieved over the New Year period

A couple favoured sprinters Sheza Rippa from the Dave and Jean Fahey kennels and the Karen Walsh prepared Danny Dee copped a degree of early jostling which terminated any stakes claim either of them held.

Rosa Tee’s comeback campaign was aimed towards the Railway. “I knew she was right after her heat up there (track debut 18.36s win). Then I went and drew the five trap for her in the final which worried me.

“She pulled up in great nick from her heat and traveled home really well. Her final sprint at home last week showed me she was right on target. When she jumped clear on Sunday I knew the Railway was all hers,” Adcock added about the sprinter he co-owns with Jose Arthur.

“It is very satisfying to win this race for Jose and her family. Jose and Donald (husband) have really got involved in greyhound racing and they have bred a couple of litters, including a repeat Fabregas and Mini’s Fantasy mating, which I have here.

Adcock, undertook the arduous Auckland return road trip on both occasions, with his kennel worker Dan Lane. He freely acknowledges that it is a full on team effort as along with Dan, Graham Tapki and Jordan Bryce assist full time, while Mike Fuller helps out in the weekends and on race nights.

Rosa Tee Alex Attack Obstinatus
Rosa Tee following her Qualified Pet Services Railway Sprint win; it was a delighted Jared Udy and Denise Cottam who returned to the podium with the Railway runner up Alex Attack, while the O’Regan family were rapt with the third placing that Obstinatus produced

Rosa Tee has now raced on 46 occasions, winning 21 of those. Her consistency is illustrated by her delivering another 15 minor placings with her career stake earnings now standing at $48,622. That excludes additional Breeders’ bonus amounts won by her which includes the $1.000 she received by being the first Kiwi bred sprinter home in Sunday’s Group 1 event.

Ray Adcock also trained Our Hosanna to win the 1993 edition of the Railway Sprint, which incidentally carried a total $7,000 stake back then.

It was a dream come true for the trainers of the minor place getters. Six weeks ago Alex Attack was contesting C1 318m sprints. Last Sunday, the now C4 graded sprinter finished as the runner up in a Group 1 event.

“We have always rated him as a sprinter. Unfortunately, he got an infection in his paws. Once he was over that it took us a long time for us to get him back into form. To make the Railway field was amazing for us, then to run second in it is unbelievable.

“As I said before the race we would have been stoked to have beaten one dog home – to beat six others home is unreal. We’ll keep him ticking over from here,” advised Jared Udy, who hasn’t lost sight on the biggest race meeting for his kennels that he annually targets. Yep, we’re taking out normal team down to the Hawera Easter meeting and we’re going to try to top Alex’s efforts by winning the Taranaki open,” chuckled Udy.

The same ecstatic feeling was displayed by the O’Regan’s with Obstinatus not only making the final but also by finishing third. “This is what it is all about for us. I was more nervous during the week than when I laced up my boots for my first test match (Kiwis, rugby league) said Ron O’Regan.

Strong Manukau Support Race Wins

As usual there were strong support races during the Auckland Cup meeting. That included the former Australian Group race performer Trip To Eden stylishly winning his first Kiwi race when he took out the feature $7,500 AGRC Invitation event for his new trainer Denis Schofield.

It was his second race on this side of the Tasman and he showed natural improvement when dashing to his tidy 30.10s Manukau 527m Sunday win. Schofield has confirmed that Trip To Eden is earmarked for a staying campaign with the $88,000 Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar over 779m (June 10) being his ultimate target.

The Lisa Cole trained Cloona Express had endured a luckless Railway Sprint heat. He strongly created his own racing luck when he thundered to his 18.26s 318m win in the $5,000 AGRC Invitation Sprint.

Winning Railway Sprint trainer Ray Adcock brought north a pair of very promising younger greyhounds. They dominated the C2 527m event with Lord Louie helping himself to his second win during the week when delivering his tidy 30.58s win. His kennelmate Prefect Result gamely chased him home.

Trip to Eden Cloona Express Lorde Louie
Trip To Eden impressed in the strong manner he won the AGRC Invitation Stakes 527m race, as did Cloona Express in the manner he won the AGRC Invitation Sprint over the 318m dash; it was a Ray Adcock trained quinella in the C2 527m event with Lord Louie leading home Prefect Result with Ray pictured here with handlers Dan Lane and Lynne Udy.

Beat the Butcher Letron James Victini 
The current rich vein of form being enjoyed by trainers Ross and Lynne Udy carried on when they produced Beat The Butcher to win the opening 318m sprint, seen here with handler Marsha Black; Letron James led all the way when winning his C2/3 527m race for his trainer Cory Steele, while handler Georgie Milne attended; Carolyn Henley trained Victini to his C1 527m win and she’s flanked here by son Luke and father Peter

Opawa Jimbo Jinja Bailey Electric Dee Eye Leroy Spirit
Opawa Jimbo dropped back in class and he struck straight away when winning the C4 527m event for his trainers Wayne and Tracey Steele. He’s seen here with Cory Steele, Opawa Racing’s Robin Wales and race sponsor Carol Delimore; Jared Udy and Denise Cottam signaled what was to come later when Jinja Bailey stylishly won her Manukau 527m track debut for her new owners A J and Megan Christiansen who are pictured here with reps from the sponsoring Mt Wellington TAB; Owner Geoff Bate was delighted with the win in the C1 feature 527m Phil Green prepared his charge Electric Dee Eye to; the meeting wrapped up with a bold C3 win for the Sean Codlin trained Leroy Spirit with Codlin being joined by Shardae Hunt and Carol Delimore

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 7/03/2018 10:05:19 AM

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