Interesting NZ Futurity Heat Results

Interesting NZ Futurity Heat Results


An interesting set of heats is the best way to describe the four 520m heats that decided the final field for Friday’s running of the $46,000 New Zealand Futurity at the Hatrick Raceway. It sure was a mixture of results that came out those Group 1 classic age heats with seven of the eight drawn runners for the final being New Zealand bred youngsters. That’s a fantastic result for the Kiwi based breeders. 


Pictured: Bigtime Rod with handler Alan Trass following his NZ Futurity heat win. He’s flanked by runner up Go Glow with Trojan Hoarse in the third possie (pic Wanganui GRC)


Here’s look back at those heats which saw the Lisa Cole kennels qualifying five finalists. Her first two qualifiers came in the first of the heats which saw Sub Eighteen controlling the pace throughout when he delivered his 30.57s heat win. He finished a length in advance of his kennelmate Bigtime Alfie who pressed on solidly during the run home. Finishing half a length behind him was the Lisa Olden prepared Cossie Cooper and his effort secures him the second reserve possie for the final.


Talking Talk was the recent NZ Derby runner up and he’s returning here on Friday to chase after a Group 1 title for his conditioner Karen Walsh. He settled just behind the early pace, then he improved his field position when entering the back straight from where he seized the race lead which transposed into his 30.50s heat win.


Cheese And Chalk jumped handy to the pace for Cole and he maintained his forward position all the way to be rewarded with his final field position when finishing a length back as the heat runner up. It was the huge effort produced by the Ray Adcock trained Ringside to claim his third placing another three quarters of a length adrift. He went up with the 520m lids, then he had to negotiate his way through traffic. He then finished strongly and his determined performance sees him now occupying the first position on the finals reserves bench.


Bigtime Rod pushed forward from the five trap in the third heat to place himself handy to the pace when rounding the first turn. He took over the race lead going into the back straight from where he scampered clear to cruise home by a comfortable 8.5 length margin. He stopped the clock in the heat quickest time at 30.19s for Cole.


Go Glow was impeded when she exited from the two trap which saw her settling back in the field heading into the first turn. The Dave and Jean Fahey trained New Zealand Oaks runner up then secured a clear racing passage which saw her improving down the back from where she finished strongly for her heat second placing.


Bigtime Lilah hopped away nicely from the ace trap in the final heat for Cole and she dictated the pace to her rivals for the balance of the journey when she completed her heat assignment in 30.29s, winning it by 3.5 lengths.


The Angela Turnwald prepared Diddilee is a dual Group 1 winning greyhound this season and he will return on Friday evening seeking to add his third Black type title to his CV as the only Australian bred greyhound in the drawn field after he finished solidly for his heat second placing.



(From left): The first NZ Futurity heat winner Sub Eighteen was brought back to the podium by his handler Shane Kendall and he was joined by runner up Bigtime Alfie while the third placed Cossie Cooper will the second reserve for the final; Talking Talk was brought back to the podium by handler Paul Freeman after his NZ Futurity heat win – Cheese And Chalk was the runner up and the third placed Ringside is the first reserve for the final; taking out the final NZ Futurity heat was Bigtime Lilah and she’s seen here with her handler Alan Trass. Diddilee was the runner up with Robson filling the third placing (pics Wanganui GRC)  


Pawnote: Check out the NZ Futurity box draw (race 10), along with the other 11 races on Friday’s Hatrick card in the Field’s section here.  


By Peter Fenemor



Posted on 7/05/2019 11:52:34 AM

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