Manawatu Cup & Nancy’s Heats Highlights Monday

It’s an intense afternoon of chasing action at the Manawatu Raceway on Monday afternoon where the $6,500 Outback Trading Company Manawatu Cup will be decided over 457m. Also included in the two meeting action are a pair of 660m heats for the Group 2 Nancy Cobain Distance.

Pictured: Last year’s Manawatu Cup winner was the now retired Bigtime Paddy seem here with his race handler Sam Lozell

The Manawatu Cup is the last race on the second card (meeting 9), while the Nancy Cobain heats are split between the two meetings – heat 1, race 5 (meeting 3) and heat 2 is race 4 (meeting 9).

It comes as no surprise to see the Manawatu Cup field being dominated by the powerful Lisa Cole kennels who will be represented by seven of the eight drawn runners.

Spearheading her team is her recent Waterloo Cup runner up Blazin’ Carter ($2.30 TAB Final Field, option 992). It was a bit of perplexing return to Hatrick after his bold Group 1 effort as he didn’t fire up whatsoever from his kind two trap draw. He can be forgiven for that miss as his form prior to that miss was first class. He owns sound trap eight form and that’s where he’s jumping from for just his third race day outing on this big spacious track.

It’s a reasonable assumption that the ‘Bigtime’ team would have preferred Blazin’ Carter and Ask King Jeff ($6) to have drawn the other way around as the occupant of trap one is Ask King Jeff. He has been sighted delivering some real bold C5 efforts from the wider traps. In saying that this bloke has nailed a stake in all four of his previous trap one races (two wins), plus he also has returned to the Manawatu podium after all 12 of his 457m races at this venue (five wins). That includes his strong finishing two length second to race rival here Monster Fish last Monday.

Bigtime Wendle ($7.50) is a competitive chaser at the elite level having previously contested two Hatrick Group 1 520m finals. She surprisingly peaked on her gallop after racing handy to the pace in her Monday 457m assignment. A better guide to her track ability can be measured six races ago when she stylishly won the $12,000 NZRS Advanced final over 457m, clocking 25.95s. She will be sighted wearing the blue racing vest on Monday.

It was Bigtime Levi ($9) who chased her home in that NZRS Advanced final when he produced his usual strong finish when winding up 1.25 lengths behind her. He is another greyhound who has compiled a respectable track record at this venue. Numbered amongst his 13 track 457m wins is his Kamada Park North Island Challenge Stakes victory at Group 2 level. He led home last year’s Manawatu Cup winner Bigtime Paddy by 1.75 lengths when clocking a handy 25.75s in that event. Trap two isn’t the ideal possie for him as he tends to race out in the middle of the track.

Blazin Carter Bigtime Levi Monster Fish
Outback Trading Company Manawatu Cup contenders includes (from left): Blazin’ Carter; Bigtime Levi; Monster Fish

Djay Dynamix ($9) annexed his first open class victory at this venue two races ago when he completed his 457m task in 25.99s when leading home Monster Fish by a neck margin. A moderate start saw him striking traffic problems when he returned here last Monday. He cannot afford to make a similar mistake at trap rise from the five trap in this event.

Bigtime Vanessa ($12) is also a Group 2 winning 457m greyhound on this circuit as it was back in March when she stylishly prevailed in the Palmerston North Gold Cup. She has also compiled a tidy set of track stats here. The key to her claims here is drawing trap six. She actually thrives when she’s sighted racing from the middle traps and the stake earning claims held by this owner of 25.87s best winning 457m time here certainly cannot be lightly dismissed. .

Completing the Cole kennel representation in this feature event is Bigtime Caleb ($31). He had been downgraded back to C4 prior last Monday’s C5 outing where he ran out his C5 nominations. He didn’t receive any racing favours then, when he suffered from an impeded racing passage. He must bounce away smartly from trap three here.

Monster Fish ($4.80) is really developing a strong affinity with the Manawatu track for his conditioner Angela Turnwald. He dictated the pace to his rivals when he completed his Monday 457m task in 25.87s. Going close to his 25.75s best winning 457m time can see him making his presence felt at the business end of this event. He will be sighted wearing the black racing vest on Monday.

Local trainer Matt Roberts provides both reserves here. Cawbourne Liz ($21) has quickly progressed through the grades having recently attained her open class chasing stripes. Her greatest asset in the lower grades has been her early pace and she must use that skill from the traps if she gains a race start here.

Victoria Vikkers ($51) has recently transferred north from the Craig Roberts kennels. She made her track debut here in a C4 457m event last week where she suffered from a hindered racing passage.

Nancy Cobain Heats

Two heats over the 660m distance will decide the field that remembers the trainer of five Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar winners Nancy Cobain. Here’s a look at those heats along with their respective TAB Futures market quotes - Win, option 1947 – Top 3, option 1948

Nancy Cobain – heat 1, race 5 (meeting 3)
1 Don’t Knocka Gee ($4 & $1.60): There’s no doubting this girl’s sheer pace and strength as seen by the tidy stats she’s building over the 660m distance which includes her handy 38.62s best 660m time. She doesn’t like early crowding although her last start 520m win indicated she is growing in race confidence.

2 Gray Bale ($16 & $4): He has had two previous cracks at this 660m trip for two misses. His sole staying win came over the Hatrick 645m distance which he completed in 38.94s. That form suggests he’s looking at perhaps a first four thin end placing at best in this field.

3 Box Vacant

4 Perfect Result ($4.50 & $1.60): This fella has quickly made an emphatic paw print since being stepped up into the staying ranks. He recently reset the Addington 645m track record when he clocked 37.60s and then he went onto finish as the runner up in a Group 2 732m event. He’s making his track debut here for the conditioner who trained last year’s Nancy Cobain winner (Ring The Bell).

5 Cawbourne Zulu ($81 & $17): This girl is having her taste of 660m racing at this venue. Her sole staying victory came over 645m in Wanganui where she led all the way in 38.25s (leading home race rival here Gray Bale by 2.75 lengths).

6 Box Vacant

7 Quistis Bale ($21 & $5): She is likely to relish her return to a staying assignment here after having recently contested the Waterloo Cup series. She is officially classified as a C0D graded stayer having previously placed in two of her 645m races. She set the pace in those events and she owns sufficient early pace contest the pace here.

8 Mija Sydney ($12 & $3.20): He’s an interesting stayer who has proven 660m form here having won six of his of 13 races here (four minors). The key for him will be at the jump as he has displayed railing tendencies. His qualifying claims here cannot be lightly dismissed.

Perfect Result Quintis Bale Mija Sydney
Nancy Cobain heat 1 contenders includes (from left): Perfect Result; Quistis Bale; Mija Sydney

Nancy Cobain – heat 2, race 4 (meeting 9)

1 Cawbourne Taylor ($26 & $6): She resumed from a spell over 520m at Hatrick on Wednesday where she finished a close up fourth. Her only staying success was over the Hatrick 645m trip (38.31s). Her biggest achievement as a stayer came when she delivered her bold 7.25 length second to race rival here Dusty Gambler in the Group 2 Wanganui Stayers over the 755m journey.

2 Bigtime Chloe ($31 & $7): She has contested two 660m races here resulting in a pair of seconds. That suggests that she can claim another podium placing in this event. Her only win over the longer journeys came when she returned 38.46s over 645m when she finished strongly.

3 Bigtime Lonestar ($151 & $31): Her outsized odds here is owing to her two previous unplaced 660m races here although she was cut out of third over the later stages in her first crack at 660m racing here. Her only staying success was back in March over 645m.

4 Allen Mack ($12 & $3.20): He placed paws into contention as a potential qualifier for the final when he delivered his bold pace making 39.15s 660m win here two races ago. He refused to flinch then and he can make things interesting for a long way here by adopting similar pace making tactics.

5 Box Vacant

6 Shooters Hill ($21 & $5): This former Aussie adds the intrigue factor to this heat making his NZ debut outing. He hasn’t contested a staying event with his Maitland 565m races (first and third) being the furthest he has raced over. He clock a 30.17s time in a Wentworth Park 520m qualifier.

7 Dusty Gambler ($2.40 & $1.20): This bloke doesn’t require any introduction in terms of his staying ability. Eleven wins ranging from 603m up to 779m from his 13 staying races since he crossed the Tasman is the reason why he has been installed as the dominant TAB Futures favourite for this series.

8 Argus Filch ($16 & $3.75): The frustration that this Duke Of Edinburgh Sliver Collar finalist experiences by continuing to draw out wide must be mounting. He has placed in eight on his ten races when wearing the pink racing vest. He has also placed in both of his previous 660m assignments. He’s more than capable of being able to book a final field possie from this heat.

Cawbourne Taylor Dusty Gambler Argus Flitch
Nancy Cobain heat 2 contenders includes (from left): Cawbourne Taylor; Dusty Gambler; Argus Filch

By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 12/10/2018 11:55:47 AM

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