NZ Bred Chasers Dominate NZ Futurity Final

NZ Bred Chasers Dominate NZ Futurity Final


It’s very pleasing to see seven of the eight greyhounds drawn to race in Friday’s $30,000 New Zealand Futurity (race 10) being New Zealand bred chasers and that factor is a great advertisement for New Zealand breeding. It’s going to make the race for the $1,000 Breeders bonus for being the first Kiwi bred greyhound to finish in this Group 1 event a keenly contested affair.


Pictured: Bigtime Rod with handler Alan Trass after he delivered the quickest NZ Futurity heat time


This is the race that brings together many of the recent NZ Derby and NZ Oaks contenders, while it is also open to both New Zealand and Australian bred restricted age greyhounds.


Emerging as the quickest qualifier from last Friday’s set of four 520m heats was the Lisa Cole trained Bigtime Rod ($2.90 – TAB Final Field) who stopped the clock in 30.19s. He railed underneath his rivals when rounding the first turn and then cleared out to land his heat win by a comfortable 8.5 length margin.   


Bigtime Rod is one of five NZ Futurity finalists prepared in the Cole kennels and he also brings the field best 29.91s winning 520m time into the final. “Rod is perfectly placed in the one (trap) as he has both pace and strength,” advised Brendon Cole about the recent NZ Derby fourth place getter.


Bigtime Lilah ($6.50) dictated the pace throughout in her heat from the one trap. She delivered a bold freewheeling 30.29s gallop. She is also strong and Cole isn’t concerned whatsoever about her five trap draw as he explains. “She loves racing from the middle traps and I expect her to contest the early pace. She is also strong during the run home.”


Sub Eighteen ($21) also controlled the pace when he delivered his 30.57s heat win. This bloke must adopt those same pace making tactics after he hops away from trap seven on Friday. “He’s at his best when he’s racing on the pace and he must use that tactic in the final,” suggested Cole.




NZ Futurity heat winners includes (from left): Bigtime Lilah with handler Alan Trass; Sub Eighteen was brought back to the podium by handler Shane Kendall, while Paul Freeman did likewise with Thrilling Talk


Cheese And Chalk ($11) raced handy to the pace throughout in his heat and kicked back soundly when claiming his length heat second behind Thrilling Talk. This litter brother to Sub Eighteen is another who has the ability to race on the pace so he can make things interesting after he jumps from trap four. “He can jump smartly and he’ll hold a straight line from the traps,” added Cole.


The Cole kennel representation is completed by Bigtime Alfie ($18) who kicked on boldly when he landed his length heat second behind Sub Eighteen. He will be sighted wearing the stripes on Friday after he endured a luckless Manawatu C3 457m outing on Monday. “We expect him to hold up okay from his draw,” stated Cole who added, “All five of our runners came through their heats all good and are ready to go on Friday.”


Thrilling Talk ($2.60) displayed his railing capabilities when he railed through underneath the pacemaker when rounding the final turn from where the recent NZ Derby runner up booted clear to nail his 30.50s heat win. “I’m happy with his draw (trap three), so hopefully he’ll take up a forward early position. He has come through his heat really well,” advised Talk’s mentor Karen Walsh.


Diddilee ($7.50) doesn’t require any introduction when it comes to Group 1 racing in this country – he already has secured two of those elite titles this season for his conditioner Angela Turnwald and that factor alone says he must be respected!


“I thought it was a bit of a scratchy run by him however I believe he’ll be better for his heat run after having been reacquainted with Hatrick. It doesn’t really matter where he draws (trap six) – he’s the strongest in the field so it depends on how far in front the others are early on,” said the trainer’s partner Paul Freeman about the only Australian bred finalist drawn into the field.


Dave and Jean Fahey will see their finalist Go Glow ($15) being loading away into the eight trap after the recent New Zealand Oaks runner up gamely chased home Bigtime Rod 8.5 lengths behind him. Dave was rather blunt about her prospects when asked. “I left her up there with Marcie (Flipp), however you can forget her from out there – she will need a miracle from that trap.”




The NZ Futurity heat second place getters were (from left): Cheese And Chalk; Bigtime Alfie; Diddilee; Go Glow


The first reserve Ringside ($4) will be in for a busy week if he’s required to return here after the Ray Adcock prepared Auckland Cup runner up finished a luckless 1.75 length heat third behind Thrilling Talk. He went up with the lids, then he suffered from an impeded racing passage after. He then slipped down to Ascot Park on Tuesday where he delivered a real sharp gallop to take out the $6,500 Invercargill Cup over 457m.


Occupying the second posse on the reserves bench is the Lisa Olden prepared Cossie Cooper ($19), who wound up 1.5 lengths astern of Sub Eighteen when finishing third. Take a look at him in the race 5 C4 520m event if he isn’t required here.    


By Peter Fenemor



Posted on 9/05/2019 10:34:10 AM

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