Green is the Colour of the Day for Tokoroa’s Sunday Meeting

It promises to be an entertaining afternoon of greyhound racing when the Tokoroa GRC host their annual TAB meeting at the Cambridge Raceway on Sunday. As usual the $7,000 South Waikato Cup highlights their race card and it has attracted a quality field of chasers for the 457m event.

Pictured: Thrilling Billy after winning last season’s South Waikato Cup

It’s St Patrick Day this Sunday, therefore greyhounds who carry the green racing vest loom as omen bets for the meeting. There has been some rather hard case podium scenes in other years when Paddy’s day has clashed with this meeting.

The Tokoroa meeting also celebrates the birthday for the club’s patriarch and life member Max Mathews who has reached the grand age of 92 years. The spritely Max will once again present the trophy to the connections of the winner of the race named in his honour.

St Pats Day Thrilling Wilson Kidz Karts

It’s St Patrick’s Day on Sunday where undoubtedly “green” will feature during Sunday’s Tokoroa annual meeting; Max Mathews will celebrate his 92nd birthday on Sunday – Max is pictured here presenting the trophy that recognized his 90th birthday to Karen Walsh after she produced Thrilling Wilson to win Max’s race in 2017; The Waikato Kitz Karts is an integral part of the Tokoroa GRC annual meeting – the budding up and coming drivers will contest plenty of races in between Sunday’s greyhound races

Local dual code industry participant Peter Fergusson mentored Thrilling Billy to win last year’s edition of the South Waikato Cup. On Sunday he’ll load away the current $10,000 Waikato Cup title holder Rumble Solider into the eight trap for his attempt to defend this Provincial Cup. He is a proven Cambridge 457m chaser and he brings a sound 25.64s best winning 457m time into this feature.

Fergusson also provides the only reserve for the feature event. Robson is on the bench purely owing to his current C4 grading. He will be competitive if he gains a race start here as he owns a sharp 25.52s 457m best around this big, spacious circuit. He has won all three of his previous 457m races at this venue. Take a look at him in race 11 if he doesn’t gain a race start here.

Both of Fergusson’s greyhounds solo trialed over 457m at the Manawatu Raceway on Wednesday afternoon in an attempt to clock a qualifying time for the March 29 $28,000 City Of Palmerston North Golden Chase set of four 457m match races. Robson advanced himself onto the leader board when he produced his tidy 25.90s time. That effort places him in sixth place, however there are a number of greyhounds who will seek to force their way onto the leader board during the final day of Golden Chase qualifying during this Monday’s meeting. Rumble Solider clocked 26.15s (he has a recorded 26.14s time) meaning he won’t make the final cut.

Tirau trainer Karen Walsh will load away the smart Thrilling Talk into the ace trap on Sunday. He won the only previous occasion when sighted wearing the red racing vest. During Thursday’s 457m assignment he kept on trying to get down to the rail after he jumped away from trap 7. This holder of a slick 25.42s best winning 457m time will relish his trap one draw here.

Angela Turnwald is venturing north with a couple of handy looking greyhounds – both of them are Group 1 winners. Nature’s Gent is a triple 520m winner at the very elite level and he is seeking his second Provincial Cup victory within a week. He got up late to snatch his $6,500 Taranaki Cup 520m win last Monday. He carried his trainer’s favourite racing colour blue to victory then – he’ll be sighted wearing the same vest on Sunday. He has visited Cambridge on three previous occasions, resulting in three 457m minor placings.

Kennelmate Diddilee is returning to racing here following his outstanding last start Auckland Cup victory. Drawing the five trap for Sunday’s assignment isn’t likely to faze him owing to the great track sense this fella owns. It was using that asset that landed him his Auckland Cup title. He has raced at Cambridge twice before, with a minor placing being his best effort.

 Thrilling Talk Diddlee

Rumble Solider
Sunday South Waikato Cup contenders includes (from left): Rumble Solider; Thrilling Talk; Diddilee

Group 1 winning trainer Ben Craik has also accepted with two contenders for this event. Cameo Syd backed up his traffic impeded unplaced Auckland Cup effort with a stylish pace making 30.50s 527m Manukau win last week. He’s going to have to break quickly from the three trap here as he tends to race out in the middle of the track.

Damaging Lomar was a smart easy 6.25 length 25.71s last start 457m winner on this track. He thundered around the outer from the eight trap to secure that February 28 win. He is likely to receive a clear early racing passage when he hops away from trap two on Sunday.

Tianyu underlined his potential when he pushed Cameo Syd to a head margin in his recent Manukau 527m outing. He’s a welcome recent addition to the northern open class chasing ranks for his conditioner Glenis Farrell. He has proven to be competitive here before as seen by his best 25.68s 457m winning time. He will be looking for the luck of the Irish when he exits from trap six in this feature after his Thursday 457m fourth here.

Completing the drawn field for his northern trainer Emma Potts is Too The Nail. He caught the eye for his new trainer when he finished solidly for his Sunday Manukau 318m second behind the Railway Sprint winner Just One Smile. He then backed up that effort when he made his Cambridge track debut on Thursday when he boldly chased home the slippery Sparta in a swiftly 20.88s run 375m sprint.

By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 15/03/2019 12:40:38 PM

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