Competitive Taranaki Cup Field

A 15 race card has been framed for the annual Taranaki meeting which will be held at the Hatrick Raceway on Monday afternoon. The Naki’s feature race, the $6,245 Taranaki Cup (race 10) over 520m has drawn a strong looking field.

Pictured: The NZ Cup winner Nature’s Gent will contest Monday’s Taranaki Cup

The depth contained in the field is illustrated by three Group 1 winners contesting the event and they have all drawn alongside each other in the squeeze traps. Included is the current Angela Turnwald trained Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup title holder Nature’s Gent. He fairly thumped his rivals in his last Hatrick 520m race when he landed an effortless five length win, clocking a slick 29.94s in doing so. The charge into the all important first turn will be vital for this powerful chaser after he exits from trap six. He will be sighted doing his best work at the business end.

The other two Group 1 title holders is provided by Lisa Cole. Bigtime Paddy requires no introduction at this venue, where he has delivered numerous sub 30 second 520m times. The Waterloo Cup winner is returning here after he endured a luckless Auckland Cup racing passage last Sunday after he had stylishly won his Auckland Cup heat in a tidy 30.25s. He can be expected to be sighted quickly pushing forward during the early rush after hopping away from trap four.

Spare Some Time won the 520m New Zealand Futurity at this venue last season. He has been provided with the tricky five trap to exit from here, which was the same trap he jumped from when finishing in the midfield pack in the recent 520m race Nature’s Gent won. He then went onto to contest last Monday’s Manawatu open class 457m event where he set up the pace. It was only over the concluding stages when he was gathered in late by a length margin. He will be backing up from his Friday evening Hatrick 520m assignment.

Also on the back up from Friday evening for Cole is Bigtime Levi. This bloke isn’t renowned for his early pace, however he is known for his strong finishing efforts when he’s sighted thundering home late. He finished solidly for his Monday 3.5 length Manawatu 457m third.

Bigtime Paddy Spare Some Time Bigtime Levi

Included in the Lisa Cole kennel representation in Monday’s Taranaki Cup are (from left): Bigtime Paddy; Spare Some Time; Bigtime Levi

Bigtime Vanessa has been treated kindly by the box draw for Cole as she will parade to the traps wearing the red racing vest. She is another chaser who isn’t known for her early pace, although she does occasionally place herself in handy early field positions. She must do exactly that here following her recent 520m and 457m races where she hasn’t received a clear racing passage.

Bigtime Doug adds intrigue to the field by checking out the 520m trip at this venue for the first time for Cole. There is no denying his raw ability, however his trapping manners has really been letting him down. He has been bombing his race starts which led to him suffering from traffic impeded Manukau 318m sprints.

Me Jane is the first reserve for Cole. She has dropped out of the open class chasing ranks which occurred when she missed a placing in her Auckland Cup heat. She does own early pace and if racing here and using that asset says that she can inject some value into the race combos. Don’t forget earlier this year she won the Waikato Classic at Group 2 level over 457m.

Matt Roberts is sending his pair of contenders in this feature around in Friday’s open class 520m event. Quistis Bale has been delivering sound races in Town Hall company. That company included an appearance in last Sunday’s Auckland Cup final where she became tangled up in traffic when racing into the first turn. She has been Group 1 placed on this track and she has returned to attend the podium in all nine of her Hatrick 520m races. She must break quickly from the seven trap on Monday.

Cawbourne Trixy refused to flinch when she undertook the pace making role in her mid February Manawatu 660m assignment. She stuck to her task and she was rewarded with her race win then. She isn’t likely to be fazed by backing up from Friday evening as she’s a versatile chaser. She owns a proven record over this 520m trip.

The second reserve is provided by Ivan Howe and Wayne Woods. Eye Kno will be giving away a decent slice of class if he’s required to race in this event as he’s currently graded as a C2 chaser.

Quitus Bale Cawbourne Trixie Me Jane

Taranaki Cup contenders includes (from left): Quistis Bale; Cawbourne Trixy and reserve Me Jane

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 9/03/2018 1:49:29 PM

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