Competitive Invercargill Cup Final Looms

Competitive Invercargill Cup Final Looms


Expect Tuesday’s running of the $6,500 Invercargill Cup (race 8) to be a keenly contested event. The pair of 457m heats held at Ascot Park two weeks ago saw both heats being won by the barest possible margin. Egomaniacal and Ringside delivered those heat victories.


Pictured: Egomaniacal (green) getting up late to snatch his Invercargill Cup heat win (pic Dave Robbie)  


The Dan Roberts prepared Egomaniacal is poised to claim the southern region Cups double after having been the convincing winner of the recent Dunedin Cup (545m). That was a feat that John McInerney mentored Must Be Rusty to achieve last season.


In his heat Egomaniacal finished powerfully up the long, demanding Ascot Park straight to snatch his heat win by a nose margin over a gallant Double Speed. He clocked the meet best 26.07s 457m time in doing so. He then returned to his home Addington track, where on NZ Oaks night, he demolished his C4/5 520m rivals by a comfortable 8.25 length margin in 30.13s. He is required to hop away from the five trap on Tuesday.


The competitive open class chaser Ringside also finished strongly to annex his heat win by the same nose margin, clocking 26.20s in doing so for his conditioner Ray Adcock. He had to overcome a check to secure his win. Ringside is enjoying a rather busy period as he hopped up to the Hatrick Raceway to contest a heat for the New Zealand Futurity where, after going up with the lids, he finished third which places him as the first reserve for Friday’s Group 1 final. He will be sighted wearing the blue racing vest on Tuesday.  



Ringside (pink) delivering his Invercargill Cup heat win; handler Mike Fuller with Ringside post race; handler Jack Johnson is dwarfed by Egomaniacal following his Invercargill Cup heat win - pics supplied by Dave Robbie – – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos


Kennelmate Double Speed also trekked up to the Hatrick Raceway on Friday to contest his NZ Futurity heat where he got involved in some early jostling which resulted in him racing in the rear group. He was gallant in his Invercargill Cup heat when he was sighted contesting the pace throughout. He had briefly secured the race lead prior to being dive bombed late by Egomaniacal. He will be sighted wearing the black racing vest in this decider.


Canterbury trainers Steve and Bonnie Evans were the winners from the Invercargill Cup box draw as their two contenders has been allocated the inside two traps. Exiting from the one trap will be Kia Tere who was swamped late in his heat when Ringside nailed him in the very final bound. Two days later he lined up in an Addington 645m event where he was jostled over the early stages, ultimately finishing fifth. His stake earning claims has been enhanced by his draw as he has compiled sound looking stats from the one trap.


Kennelmate Goldstar Aston, who secures his place in this field following the withdrawal of the third placed heat finisher Opawa Viking who has since had a change of trainer,  has been active since his fifth place heat finish. He was held in midfield traffic in both of his Addington C4/5 520m races. He must break quickly from the two trap here.


Opawa Jumper is better known as a short course sprinter, therefore it was a tidy training performance by Robin Wales to prepare his charge for his bold 457m heat third. He set up the pace in his heat and he was only gathered in late when he wound up three quarters of length astern of Egomaniacal. He has since contested two C4 sprints, finishing fourth over 310m, then he charged home for his head Addington 295m second last Thursday. He has no option but to jump straight onto the pace after he hops away from trap six here.


The Dave and Jean Fahey kennels will be represented by Go Brat in the final, who will be sighted wearing the pink racing vest. He was required to run on from the rear group after he was hindered during the early rush for positions in his heat. He pressed on stoutly to claim his close up 1.5 length fourth to Egomaniacal.




Tuesday Invercargill Cup contenders includes (from left): Kia Tere; Opawa Jumper; Go Brat


The other heat fourth place finisher was Shift The Blame who is prepared by John McInerney. He had also settled in the rear group prior to extending to claim his final field possie when winding up 3.75 lengths behind Ringside. He carried the white racing vest then and he will be required to carry the same rug on Tuesday.


Team McInerney also provides the second reserve with Joe Bonanza who was the quickest of the sixth placed finishers. He then went onto contest a Forbury Park C4 310m where he suffered from an impeded racing passage.


The first reserve Shaw Lee is provided from the Janine McCook kennels. He is better known as a short course sprinter and his heat claim wasn’t help when he was forced to race wide while he was held in midfield traffic. He ultimately finished fifth in the heat that was taken out by Ringside.


It’s a huge Tuesday afternoon of chasing action that will be hosted by the Southland GRC with a 15 race card framed. The club is again offering a $5,000 stake for the main C5 457m Top Class Run event (race 5), while the C2D stayers will be sighted in action in their Ascot Park Distance which will be contested over the extreme 732m trip (race 6). The field features the presence of the outstanding Craig Roberts trained last start Group 2 747m winner Dyna Weslyn.


The Mr. Whippy Southland Final (race 7) for the C1 graded greyhounds will be decided following four 457m heats held during the last Ascot Park meeting. This race gets a mention here owing to the staggering performance that the exciting Bartholomew Cub produced for his local trainer Bronwyn Eade.


He walked away from the 457m traps standing up his rivals by at least five lengths. He then proceeded to weave his way past his rivals and then rocket home late to snatch his 26.88s 457 win. As commentator Dave McDonald correctly said in his race summary – “Struth, how did he win that!  




The talented stayer Dyna Weslyn will be sighted racing over 732m at Ascot Park on Tuesday afternoon; Bartholomew Cub delivering his power packed finish to win his last start C1 457m heat (pics Dave Robbie)


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 6/05/2019 11:12:50 AM

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