Super Christmas Waikato Heats Action

The annual Waikato GRC hosted New Year meeting is traditionally billed as an evening of stars. It sure will be an evening of high class January 4 chasing action following on from the “heats” Christmas Eve meeting. Those heats ensures that quality fields for the four feature races, along with a pair of feature staying races, will be the order of the evening.

Pictured: The quickest of the Farmlands CopRice Waikato Classic heat winners was Thrilling Talk

The Christmas Eve racing was highlight by the running of five compelling 457m heats for the $21,000 Farmlands CopRice Waikato Classic at Group 2 level. Obviously a clear standout from those heats was the searing 25.42s gallop that the Karen Walsh prepared star act Thrilling Talk produced. He blitzed his heat rivals by a staggering 11.5 lengths.

It was the inexperienced Dave and Jean Fahey trained Jinja Shake who bravely led home the vain chase after the tear away pacemaker which resulted in the C1 graded chaser occupying the second possie on the reserves bench.

It was a brilliant set of heats for Walsh as she also mentored two other heat winners, plus her locally based kennels provides the first reserve. The first heat saw the promising youngster Thrilling Amigo settle handy to the pace from where he boldly kicked on during the run home to secure his 25.78s heat win. The inform Ben Craik trained Cameo Syd finished solidly for his 2.25 length second and in doing so he booked his final field position.

Thrilling Jo prevailed in a closely contested finish to take out her heat in a more “sedate” 26s flat. Lisa Cole will represented in the final by Trojan Hoarse by virtue of his three quarter length second. His 26.04s heat time was a whisky quicker than Thrilling Carly who clocked 26.05s – the difference between being drawn into the final field or being the first reserve.

Drury conditioner Ben Craik has an exceptionally promising young chaser in Amorini in his kennels. He confirmed that promise when he stylishly took out his heat in 25.79s which was his tenth career win from just eleven race day outings. He controlled the pace throughout in his heat. Advancing through into the final from this heat was Go Brat from the powerful Fahey kennels. He finished resolutely when claiming his quarter length second placing.

The Fahey’s tasted heat success when their up and coming chaser Mr. Matt strode to his 25.94s heat win. He also controlled the pace when delivering his 13th career win (from 25 races). It was Thrilling Carly who gamely chased him home which as indicated above sees her being the first reserve.


Farmlands CopRice Waikato Classic final contenders includes (from left): Thrilling Amigo; Amorini; Mr. Matt

Farmlands Virkon Waikato Cup heats

It was the Lisa Cole kennels who provided both of the winners from the Farmlands Virkon Waikato Cup 457m heats. Blazin’ Carter regained winning form when he delivered his pace making 25.74s heat victory. He boldly fended off the late challenge thrown at him by the one turn track specialist, the Angela Turnwald trained Monster Fish by a quarter length margin.

Racing handier to the early pace saw Stay Away Haydo being rewarded with a final field position for his trainer Thayne Green after finishing another 3.25 lengths behind. He had a length to spare over the Peter Fergusson prepared Thrilling Billy. The fifth placed Karen Walsh trained Looking Sassy will be the second reserve for the final.

Bigtime Levi returned to winning form for Cole when he strongly completed his 457m heat assignment to snatch his head win in 25.87s. Fergusson will also have two finalists after his charge Rumble Soldier rallied to claim the second placing and he held a 2.75 length margin over the third placed Jinja Might who continued on with his consistent run of current form for his trainers Jared Udy and Denise Cottam. Just in behind him in fourth place three quarters of a length further astern was the Emma Potts trained Vikings. Hayley Mullane will provide the first reserve with the fifth placed finisher Bigtime Welldone.


Farmlands Virkon Waikato Cup finalists includes (from left): Blazin’ Carter; Stay Away Haydo; Jinja Might

Denis Cole Memorial Waikato Sprint heats

The straight out speed merchants contested four heats for the Denis Cole Memorial Waikato Sprint and it was the Karen Walsh trained Sparta who set the 375m heats alight when he produced his sharp 21.12s fresh up win. Foxton trainers Gary and Sandra Fredrickson ventured north with Bigtime Emjay and they will be returning after their charge led the chase home behind the pace setter 4.75 lengths behind. Lisa Cole provides the first reserve after Bigtime Eve pressed on stoutly to claim her third heat placing.

The recent Hatrick Group 2 305m winning sprinter Sheza Rippa exploded clear from trap eight to clear out for her 21.20s heat win for Dave and Jean Fahey by a convincing 5.5 length margin It was a tight paw wrestle for the runner up placing which saw the Wayne and Tracy Steele prepared One Cool Chap nudging out Danny Dee for Walsh by just a head.

The Mullane prepared See Eye Be turned the tables on his former kennelmate Bigtime Basher with him leading home the Cole trained sprinter by a length after 21.36s of sprinting action. Shallay Pallay booked the second reserve possie with his 1.5 length third placing for his new trainer Angela Turnwald.

The Ben Craik kennels enjoyed a successful after noon of racing as their classy sprinter Just One Smile delivered her pace making 21.54s 375m sprint to take out the fourth heat. Fancy Fox charged at her late when he came up a head short in second for his trainer Carolyn Henley.


Denis Cole Memorial Waikato Sprint finalists includes (from left): Sheza Rippa; See Eye Be; Just One Smile

Two 457m heats decided the finalists for the nation’s richest Maiden race, the Mighty Waikato Maiden Series. It was a ripper of a first heat finish with just a nose separating the race debuting pair of Kiwi Gun for master trainer Ray Adcock and the Emma Potts trained Jinja Text in 26.10s.

Returning for the final will be Thrilling Haze for Karen Walsh who finished 2.5 lengths behind while holding the same margin over the Lisa Cole trained fourth place getter Bigtime Alfie. His kennelmate Bigtime Marley will be the first reserve after he finished fifth in this heat.

The recently imported Aussie chaser O’Neil Monelli was stylish when she delivered her NZ debut win for Hayley Mullane She completed her task in 26.14s.when leading home a pair of Walsh trained chasers headed by Thrilling Biff by 4.25 lengths.

There was just a head between the pair, while there was another 1.25 lengths further back to Tradition from the Dave and Jean Fahey kennels. The second reserve for the final will be provided by Marcie Flipp with her fifth place finisher Sahara Pippa.   

By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 28/12/2018 3:36:22 PM

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