Strong Manukau NZRS Advanced Sunday Field

It’s a competitive looking field of Kiwi bred greyhounds who will contest the $12,000 NZRS Advanced final over 527m on Sunday afternoon. Interest in the event will centre on the return to the Manukau Stadium of the unbeaten chaser Thrilling Talk. He is seeking to make it twelve straight career wins.

Pictured: Thrilling Talk who is seeking the maintain his unbeaten career record in Sunday’s NZRS Advanced final

The Karen Walsh trained, Gary Harding bred son of Fabregas and Thrilling Ella hasn’t received any favours for this assignment, being allocated the tricky five trap to hop away from here. He has won both of his previous races from that trap, plus he has also won both of his prior Manukau 527m races.

There’s a fair amount of early pace in the drawn field and using that asset could be the determining factor in the possible outcome of this event. For example Kiwi Gal has used that healthy tactic during her 527m races at this venue. We saw that last Sunday where this daughter of Kilty Lad and Kiwi Girl dictated the pace to her rivals last Sunday when she delivered her 30.40s 527m win. That bold effort came when this Jared Udy and Denise Cottam trained chaser returned from her completely luckless Adding Raceway 520m New Zealand Cup semi final assignment. She has drawn to control the pace here from the one trap.

The training partners are also lining up Jinja Might in this final. This son of Fabregas and Jinja Ruby has developed into a consistent chaser at this venue. He boldly chased after his kennel mate when he delivered his two length 527m third to Kiwi Gal in last Sunday’s event. Prior to that he used his ace trap draw to his advantage when leading all the way for his 30.64s 527m win. He must seek out the early pace when he exits from trap seven here.

Sassy Lil Lassy has really charged through the grades for her owner/trainer Mike Schneider. Her conditioner is enjoying a hugely successful introduction to greyhound racing with Sassy Lil Lassy being the first greyhound that the former Manuaku race starter has been involved with. The early pace owned by this daughter of Prince Diabio and Wild Falcon is an asset that she must use from the four trap on Sunday as she checks out the 527m trip for the first time at the Auckland headquarters. She does own tidy 318m sprint form here, plus she has been competitive at Cambridge over 457m. That includes her ultra brave half head second to the classy Pinny Mack at that venue four races ago.

Cameo Syd is a Ben Craik prepared chaser who is very familiar with the Manukau 527m circuit being a proven competitive chaser over it. He is another contender here who is more than capable of racing on the pace, while also maintaining a strong gallop throughout his task here. He is a litter brother to race rival here Kiwi Gal. It would pay to overlook his recent misses as he endured traffic impeded racing passages from inside traps in both of his latest Manukau 527m and Hatrick 520m races. He won’t object about being required to wear the green racing vest in this feature event.

Kiwi Gal Sassy Lil Lassy Cameo Syd
Manukau Sunday NZRS Advanced contenders includes (from left): Kiwi Gal, Sassy Lil Lassy and Cameo Syd

One greyhound who is lining up in this feature who certainly won’t be sighted contesting the early pace is the Wayne and Tracy Steele prepared Ramblin On. She is a renowned slow starter, however she does own a power packed finish. We saw that two races ago where, after settling in the rear group, this daughter of Spring Gun and Indi Rhode finished strongly to secure her C4/5 30.65s win. Completely overlook her last start miss which came during her Addington track debut outing in a feature 645m event during the NZ Cup meeting. Expect her to settle back in the field after she exits from trap eight on Sunday.

There are two C4 graded chaser engaged in this feature, while both reserves are obviously C4 assessed. Local trainer Emma Potts has recently taken over the training duties for the former Canterbury based chaser Vikings. He will be checking out the Manukau 527m trip for the first time (he has sprinted over 318m here). He arrives here after delivering a competitive pair of recent Cambridge C4/5 457m placings. Ironically both of those efforts came behind a pair of race rivals here – a 6.25 length third to Sassy Lil Lassy and a bold 2.75 length to Thrilling Talk. It is worth noting that this son of Barcia Bale and Jinja Power owns a Group 2 title which came in the 2017 edition of the Canterbury Futurity, while he was also the runner up in the 2017 running of the New Zealand Derby. He has drawn nicely in the two trap for this assignment.

Shannon trainer Deb Edlin has been doing a great job in mentoring her charge Jinja Flash. She has guided this son of Swift Fancy and Jinjawinja through the grades, having attained a C4 grading. She has also made the trek up to the Manukau Stadium to introduce him to the venue for his last two outings. Both of those 527m races resulted in stylish second placings to two other contenders in this feature event. First up was his 4.5 length second to Jinja Might where he was sighted running on at the business end. That was followed by his bold three quarter length to Kiwi Gal last Sunday where he again was sighted finishing solidly. He delivered that effort from trap three and he’ll exit from the same trap on Sunday.

The first reserve is another visitor Tyson’s Quest for Wanganui trainer Brian Marsh. This son of Blitzing Mayhem and Vickie’s Quest also visited Manukau last Sunday afternoon where after racing handy to the pace he wound up five lengths astern of Kiwi Gal in what was his second Manukau outing, He holds a Hatrick C4 Friday evening 520m engagement.

Pat Tama occupies the second posse on the reserves bench for local trainer Steve Clark. This son of Swift Fancy and Opawa Patty endured a luckless Thursday C4 527m race. Take a look at him in the race 11 C3/4 event if he isn’t required here.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 23/11/2018 1:35:20 PM

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