Quality Friday Cambridge Chasing Action

It sure is a real attractive race card, stacked full of feature events that will support the main $21,000 Farmlands CopRice Waikato Classic final during the Waikato club’s massive Friday twilight New Year meeting at the Cambridge Raceway. Those support features are spread over the 375m, 457m and 747m race distances.

Pictured: Last year’s Cambridge NZRS Distance winner Electric Lotto

All bar one of the support feature final fields was decided by heats held during the Cambridge Christmas Eve meeting. The Kiwi bred stayers are in action when they contest their $12,000 Thrilling Brat NZRS Distance final (race 7). Here’s look at the field along with their TAB Final Field quotes (option 985).

Translator ($1.50) is bringing superb staying form north with her from the Dave and Jean Fahey kennels. She is thriving on her busy Christmas/New Year racing schedule. She was potent, real potent when she easily won the Southland GRC hosted Jingle Bells Distance, which was raced over the demanding Ascot Park 732m trip on Ascot Park last Friday afternoon.

This daughter of Bekim Bale and Delusionist will relish the 747m assignment she faces in this event and she seeks more Breeders’ bonus dollars for her owning Lim, Barry, Wee Man syndicate after effortlessly winning 755m Wanganui GRC hosed version of this final back on December 7.

Perfect Result ($4) finished a 7.25 length second to Translator in that Southland 732m feature. This Ray Adcock prepared stayer is proven over the extreme race distances and he would have benefited from his Friday outing. Both of the Canterbury trained stayers are the only C2D graded contenders in the field.

Local conditioner Peter Fergusson is fronting up with his proven stayer Electric Lotto ($16). Proven because it was this daughter of Texas Gold and Trident Lotto who stylishly won this 747m NZRS Distance final last year. Her racing has been spaced over the past twelve months, however has mentioned, she is at least proven over this gut busting 747m journey on this big spacious track.

Bigtime Lonestar ($51) is prepared in the Foxton located kennels operated by Gary and Sandra Fredrickson. This daughter of Blue Lorian and Lost In Light finished an 11.75 length fourth in last month’s Wanganui hosted 755m NZRS Distance final won by race rival here Translator. Her only career staying win came in a Hatrick 645m event, while she has placed over the 755m distance at that venue.

Wanganui trainer Mark Collier is preparing Bigtime Chloe ($61) these days and this daughter of Collision and Pink Sock is also a one win staying chaser. That win was also over 645m on her local track and following that win she went onto to snare a couple of Manawatu 660m minor placings.

The balance of the field are Canterbury bred and owned C0D graded stayers provided from the northern Glennis Farrell kennels. Go Angel ($10) finished second in both of her previous 650m races on the Cambridge track. This daughter of Dyna Lachlan and Opawa Andrea adds the intrigue factor to this field by having her first taste of racing over an extreme distance.

Amy Amy ($6.50) draws perfectly in trap eight for her fifth attempt at a staying event. She placed on one of her three Manukau 603m races, while this daughter of Bekim Bale and Opawa Amy missed in her only 650m race on this track. She was sighted dashing home late for her Manukau Sunday 527m second placing when also wearing the pink racing vest.

On the surface of it this task looks like a huge challenge for Hua Hua ($51) who is having her first career attempt at a staying race after having endured some completely luckless recent Manukau 527m outings. This daughter of Dream Collector and Little Dreams hasn’t won a race over any distance at this venue.

Translator Perfect Result Amy Amy
Cambridge NZRS Distance contenders includes (from left): Translator; Perfect Result; Amy Amy

$10,000 Farmlands Virkon Waikato Cup (race 11)

It was the Lisa Cole Palmerston North based kennels who provided both of the Farmlands Virkon Waikato Cup 457m heat winners. The Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup third place getter Blazin’ Carter ($3.60 – TAB Final Field option 988) regaining winning form when he led his heat rivals all the way to claim his 25.75s win. He slipped around the outer from trap eight then – on this occasion he’ll be hopping away from trap three.

His kennel mate Bigtime Levi ($6.50) owns a strong finish and he used that asset to telling effect when he finished powerfully to nail his 25.87s heat win. He was last season’s 457m New Zealand Derby third place finisher on this track. He is required to jump from the tricky five trap for this decider. Victory in his 89th career race here will take Levi’s stake earnings to a tick over $100,000.

It was the locally Peter Ferguson trained Rumble Solider ($4) who Bigtime Levi claimed late when he was dive bombed by a head margin. He is developing into a consistent Cambridge 457m chaser as seen by his prior pair of tidy 457m wins with the previous win coming in a handy 25.64s. He’s likely to be sighted racing handy to the pace after he exits from trap two here.

His kennelmate Thrilling Billy ($14) tends to deliver opposite racing tactics as he is generally sighted settling back in his fields, then he finishes solidly. That’s what he did in his heat when he pressed on stoutly when winding up 4.5 lengths astern of Bigtime Levi.

Monster Fish ($4) is an Angela Turnwald prepared Monday afternoon Manawatu 457m specialist. In his heat here he matched his paws against Blazin’ Carter when he went under by a quarter of a length margin. He then returned to his favoured Manawatu track on Monday where he turned the open class 457m event into a procession when he easily took out the last greyhound race contested in 2018 in a very smart 25.71s. He will be loaded away into the seven trap on Friday evening.

Jinja Might ($10) is maintaining a real solid current run of form for his conditioners Jared Udy and Denise Cottam. He backed up his 2.8 length heat third to Bigtime Levi with his thoroughly deserved Sunday 30.66s Manukau 527m win. He will be sighted wearing the green racing vest, the same he wore on Sunday in this decider.

Stay Away Haydo ($31) has quickly regained his form since he resumed from an extended spell for his trainer Thayne Green. He boldly chased after Blazin’ Carter for his 3.5 length heat third, then he backed that up with his bold three quarter length Sunday 527m second behind Jinja Might. He has no option but to push forward onto the early pace from trap eight here.

Completing the drawn field from the one trap is the Emma Potts trained Vikings ($7.50) who booked his final field position by gamely clinging on for his 3.6 length heat fourth behind Bigtime Levi. He raced handy to the pace on that occasion and he’s likely to race likewise from his kind draw here.

Hayley Mullane provides the first reserve with Bigtime Phantom ($31) who was shuffled back into the midfield pack from where he finished fifth after being jostled during the early rush for position.

Yooldome ($31) regained his open class chasing stripes for his trainer Glennis Farrell when he snatch his Manukau Sunday 30.75s C5 527m win. He was checked in his heat when finishing sixth and he gets his place on the bench here following the withdrawal of the other heat fifth place getter Looking Sassy.

Bigtime Levi Monster Fish Jinja Might
Farmlands Virkon Waikato Cup contenders includes (from left): Bigtime Levi pictured here with his handler Georgie Cole; Monster Fish; Jinja Might

$6,000 Denis Cole Memorial Waikato Sprint (race 8)

It required four 375m heats from the straight out speed merchants to decide the finalists for the Denis Cole Memorial Waikato Sprint. It was the Karen Walsh mentored Sparta ($2.40 – TAB Final Field option 986) who spiked up the heats when she dashed to her 21.12s heat win.

She led home Bigtime Emjay ($16) from the Gary and Sandra Frederickson kennels by 4.25 lengths who was bold in his track debut outing. Sparta will be sighted wearing the green racing vest for just the second time in her career while Bigtime Emjay has drawn nicely in the one trap.

Sheza Rippa ($2.80) was clinical when she cruised to her effortless 21.20s heat win for Dave and Jean Fahey. She achieved that from trap eight and she’ll exit from the same trap on Friday. However she endured a horror Addington 295m sprint when three days later she had an altercation with the rail after appearing to stumble when leaving the traps. She subsequently vetted clear of injury. It was One Cool Chap ($26) who led the chase home 5.25 lengths behind her for his local conditioners Wayne and Tracey Steele. He will load away into trap seven here.

See Eye Be ($18) hopped into his heat field from off the reserves bench and that translated into a pace making 21.36s heat win for his trainer Hayley Mullane. He hasn’t been provided with any favours for the final after being allocated the five trap to exit from. The Lisa Cole trained Bigtime Basher ($12) pressed on soundly for his one length heat second and the recent Manawatu 23.17s 410m track record holder (recently re-broken) will be seeking to provide the Cole family with victory in this annual feature sprint from the two trap here.

Ben Craik produced his sharp sprinter Just One Smile ($5) to deliver her pace making 21.56s heat win and she then went onto land her 26th career win when she secured her 18.71s Manukau Sunday 318m win. She will be sighted wearing the white racing vest here. The locally Carolyn Henley trained Fancy Fox ($18) charged late at her when he came up just a head short. He will hop away from trap four.

The Cole kennels provide the first reserve with Bigtime Eve ($16) who wound up 5.5 lengths behind Sparta when third in her heat and she then went onto run the same placing in his Monday Manawatu 375m sprint. Shallay Pallay ($12) has recently transferred into the Angela Turnwald kennels and his 2.5 length heat third to See Eye Be sees him occupying the second possie on the reserves bench.

Sparta See Eye Be Just One Smile
Denis Cole Memorial Waikato Sprint contenders includes (from left): Sparta; See Eye Be; Just One Smile

$6,000 Mighty Waikato Maiden Series (race 5)

It was a pair of 457m heats that decided the final field for the nation’s richest Maiden race – the $6,000 Mighty Waikato Maiden Series.

The first heat was a real cracker which saw the Ray Adcock prepared Kiwi Gunn ($4.50 – TAB Final Field option 984) mow down the pace setting Jinja Ted ($4.80) from the Emma Potts kennels in the very final bound when he prevailed by the barest of possible margins, clocking 26.10s. They have drawn traps three and four respectively for the final.

Thrilling Haze ($8 – trap 8) for Karen Walsh was a further 2.5 lengths behind them, while the same margin further back was Bigtime Alfie ($9 – trap 5) for Lisa Cole. His kennelmate Bigtime Marley ($18) became the first reserve via his heat fifth placing. He has been active since having a traffic impeded Monday Manawatu 410m sprint. He then went onto deliver an easy 17.85s Hatrick 305m Wednesday win.

O’Neill Monelli ($4.80) stylishly took out the other heat for Hayley Mullane when she completed her 457m assignment in 26.14s. She will be sighted wearing the green racing vest on Friday. Walsh produced her pair of promising kennel mates Thrilling Biff ($9 – trap 7) and Thrilling Trev ($8 – trap 1) to fill the minor placings with a head separating the pair when they wound up 4.25 lengths behind the heat winner.

Tradition ($5.50 – trap 2) booked his place in the final field for Dave and Jean Fahey when he finished another 1.25 lengths behind in fourth. Marcie Flipp has also kept the second reserve Sahara Pippa ($26) active since her heat fifth placing. She was also impeded in her Monday Manawatu 410m sprint from where she went onto to deliver her bold Hatrick Wednesday 520m second placing.

Kiwi Gunn O'Neill Moneli
The two Mighty Waikato Maiden Series 457m heat winners: Kiwi Gunn (left) and O’Neill Monelli

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 3/01/2019 7:06:05 PM

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