Classic Victory for the Big Fella

It’s A Plan is a big buggar – actually a huge fella, weighting in at a hefty 37.8kgs. That was his Sunday race weight which he strongly carried to victory in the $5,000 Thayne Green Classic over 527m.

Pictured: It’s A Plan following his power-packed Thayne Green Classic win

The Peter-Henley-prepared greyhound had drawn ideally out in the eight trap. He needed every bit of his massive frame just to stay on his paws when the field charged into the first turn at the Manukau Stadium.

With the field being tightly packed, there was a fair amount of jostling at that point. Copping his share of the buffering, which he contributed to, was It’s A Plan. It was the Steve-Clark-prepared reserve runner Pat Tama who slipped clear to undertake to pace making duties going down the back straight.

It’s A Plan was making up ground as was Amy Amy for Glynis Farrell. It was during the run home when It’s A Plan mastered a gallant Pat Tama, kicking clear to secure his feature 527m win in 30.64s by a three-quarter-length margin. Amy Amy maintained her solid gallop when arriving home another length behind in third place.

It’s A Plan has hit the scales at a whopping 39.3kgs on this side of the Tasman, while his first three Australian races saw him being loaded away into the traps at a weighty 40.1kgs. He now has some lofty-looking upcoming assignments for his owing Vegas Burst syndicate.

Henley advised on Sunday that his charge is likely to be nominated for the $6,245 South Waikato Cup, the feature 457m event for the Tokoroa club who hold their annual meeting next Sunday on his home Cambridge track.

He will be staying at home for the following week’s round of the $45,420 Mike Stent Decorators New Zealand Derby heats over 457m. This promises to be a real heck of a series when looking at the current pool of outstanding quality restricted aged male greyhounds who will contest the Blue Ribbon event.

A couple of races earlier, the Auckland quarterly feature Sunline Trophy Stakes race was decided, which saw Talkabout Izzy leading throughout to claim the 527m event after also jumping away from the eight trap. He completed his assignment in 30.56s for his owners and trainers David Ray and Delwyn Hunt.

However, the Sunline Trophy will be presented to members of the Super Sid & Mangonui Hotel syndicate as their greyhound Cameo Syd compiled the highest points over the three month points scoring period. The Ben-Craik-prepared chaser accumulated 18 points in the series where C0, C1 and c2 greyhounds are awarded points for their 527m races. He suffered from traffic issues during Sunday’s final.

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Trainer Peter Henley with his Thayne Green Classic winner It’s A Plan with members of his owning Vegas Burst syndicate also in attendance; Thayne Green presented his trophy to Peter Henley; Talkabout Izzy, the Sunline Trophy Stakes winner

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 12/03/2018 9:57:50 AM

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