Big Time Taranaki Cup Win

Bigtime Levi has established himself as a strong finishing greyhound, who owing to being a moderate race starter, was going to find it a hard task to win feature open class chasing events. He deservedly changed that perception when he produced a tough grinding gallop to annex the $6,250 Taranaki Cup at the Hatrick Raceway on Monday.

Pictured: Monday’s Taranaki Cup winner Bigtime Levi seen here after an earlier Hatrick win

The Lisa Cole prepared Bigtime Levi was able to place himself in a handy early position when racing into the first turn after jumping from the eight trap. There was a degree of jostling occurring at the front end of the field, affecting a number of runners, during the initial rush for positions. Confirming that factor was the rather sedate (for this class) 5.09s first sectional.

It was the Cole prepared Bigtime Vanessa and reserve runner Me Jane who held the rail when racing into the first turn. After being impeded during that early rush, race favourite Bigtime Paddy slipped down onto the rail when rounding the first turn, while Bigtime Levi was positioned wider on the track. Copping a fair amount of the back wash was the Matt Roberts prepared Quistis Bale, along with another of the favoured contenders Nature’s Gent from the Angela Turnwald kennels.

Racing towards the final turn it was Bigtime Paddy who drove through underneath the pace setters. Swooping around the outer was Bigtime Levi. Quistis Bale was sighted quickly improving her field position around the home turn, which saw her looming into podium contention.

Bigtime Levi maintained his strong gallop right through to the line and he was rewarded with his 30.45s first career feature race victory. Quistis Bale kept up her solid finish, resulting her winding up a just a neck behind Bigtime Levi while holding a half-length margin over the third placed Bigtime Paddy.

Bigtime Levi has now been to the races on 42 occasions, resulting in 17 wins and 14 minor placings meaning he’s won $46,862 for his owner and breeder Brendon Cole. It’s a fair bet that this son of Spring Gun and Bigtime Karen will quickly add to his stakes tally.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 13/03/2018 1:56:11 PM

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