Manukau Feature Sunday Racing Continues

The 527m feature racing action continues at the Manukau Stadium this Sunday with the $5,000 Thayne Green Classic being decided (race 10). The event has attracted a handy looking field of up-and-coming restricted age chasers. Another feature sees the running of the quarterly Sunline Trophy Stakes also over 527m.

Pictured: Beautiful Boy who will contest the Thayne Green Classic on Sunday

There are three open class graded greyhounds contesting this event. Beautiful Boy will leap from the four trap for his trainer Ben Craik. He endured a completely luckless 527m outing last Sunday in the feature $7,500 Auckland GRC Invitation event. A better guide to his stake earning prospects this Sunday is his bold Auckland Cup heat effort. He was denied a field position in the Cup field when he was cut out of second over the final few bounds.

The Denis-Schofield-prepared Nangar Dream is a new arrival into the open class chasing ranks. She has quickly bounced through the grades having stylishly won at C2 level, followed by a pair of C3/4 457m Cambridge wins. She has to face her toughest career test from the tricky five trap draw here which says that she must quickly push forward onto the early pace.

No Time Toulouse is the remaining C5 graded chaser involved and she spearheads a three-pronged attack that trainer Lisa Cole is unleashing on this race (Cole also has the second reserve). No Time Toulouse owns volumes of early pace as she displayed in both of her recent Manukau 527m races, which came in her Auckland Cup heat followed up by her outing last Sunday in the Auckland GRC Invitation. She set the pace down the back straight in both of those races before finishing fourth in both. She must use that early pace from the seven trap here when backing up from her Friday Hatrick 520m assignment.

Bigtime Mia secures the draw advantage here after having being allocated the one trap to be loaded away into. She checked out the Auckland headquarters track for the first time last Sunday when she contested a C4 527m event. She received no racing luck whatsoever when she copped an early check, and was impeded further on. She is also engaged at Hatrick on Friday where she will line up in a C3/4 520m event.

Bigtime Lily didn’t receive any racing favours when she lined up in at the stadium over the last two Sundays. She was hindered in both of her 527m outings in the north, which included an Auckland Cup heat, followed by last Sunday’s Invitation race. She will be sighted wearing the white racing vest on Sunday. Bigtime Tears, who is a C3 assessed chaser, is the second reserve. She was also was impeded when racing into the first turn last week at this venue when contesting C2/3 527m event.

The greyhound who will probably start as the race favourite is the promising It’s A Plan from the Peter Henley Cambridge kennels. Confirming his undoubted talent was his slick 30.14s 527m win four races ago when he was a C3 graded chaser. He then went on to tackle strong 527m open class fields around this circuit when he delivered a pair of bold seconds behind a talented greyhound (Nangar Rock). He then went onto finish in the midfield in his Auckland Cup heat. He appears to have drawn ideally for his racing style out in the eight trap.

Nangar Rock No Time Toulouse It's A Plan
Sunday’s Thayne Green Classis contenders includes (from left): Nangar Dream; No Time Toulouse; It’s A Plan

Amy Amy adds interest to this field as she is backing up from her 603m Thursday evening staying debut outing. Her lower graded 527m races were characterized by her strong finishing efforts. She does own a handy 30.47s best winning time on this track. She is likely to settle in the second half of the field after jumping from trap six, from where she is expected to finish strongly.

El Narco kicked on stoutly to claim a C4 527m 1.75 length second on Sunday for his trainer Phil Green. He achieved that placing by chasing the pacemaker throughout after jumping from the trap two, which is the same trap he will leap from on Sunday. That suggests that he’ll probably attempt using those same handy to the pace racing tactics here.

It is the Steve Clark kennels that provides the first reserve, Pat Tama. He is graded at C4, however he has taken on the gun chasers in his latest appearances. He was bold when racing handy to the pace in his Auckland Cup heat prior to peaking on his gallop over the later stages. He never received a clear racing passage at any stage during Sunday’s feature 527m invitation race.

As mentioned, the meeting also features the running of the Sunline Trophy (race 9), which is also sponsored by Thayne and Dorothy Green, who were co-owners of the champion mare Sunline. The Sunline Trophy provides a pathway for lower graded greyhounds up into the higher grades. It is a points-based series that culminates in a feature 527m final every quarter.

The Wayne-and-Tracey-Steele-trained Idol Ajay and Cameo Syd for Ben Craik were the joint point leaders on 18 over the last quarter. Sue Zooki, ironically for Thayne Green, and Midnight Daydream for Ross and Lynn Udy tied for third with 12 points, however Midnight Daydream will not take her place in Sunday’s field. Tullabung Coogar was the next on the list having earnt 11 points for Peter Ferguson and he will take his place in Sunday’s field.

Cameo Syd Sue Zooki Tullabung Googar
Sunday’s Sunline Trophy Stakes contenders includes (from left): Cameo Syd; Sue Zooki; Tullabung Coogar

Sunday’s Auckland meeting includes a $5,000 TAB bonus injection into the early Quaddie (race 2).

Pawnote: Next Sunday’s northern region meeting sees the annual Tokoroa TAB license being utilized at the Cambridge Raceway. As usual their feature event will be the $6,245 South Waikato Cup over 457m.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 8/03/2018 2:00:36 PM

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