Competitive Addington Sprint Heats

Competitive Addington Sprint Heats


A recently introduced initiative by the Christchurch GRC saw the introduction of the $10,000 Canterbury Futurity Sprint series over the Addington 295m dash. This race now sits alongside the long established $30,000 Canterbury Futurity over 520m. Heats for both of these events will be decided at the Addington Raceway this Thursday evening.


Pictured: Timely Affair winning last year’s Canterbury Futurity Sprint final (pic Dave Robbie)


Obviously at the time of litter registration for the Canterbury Futurity series nominators have no idea if their future racing greyhounds will see out the 520m race distance when it comes around to their racing careers. The inclusion of a sprint series now provides the opportunity for all nominated greyhounds to at least contest one or the other Canterbury Futurity races distances.


That means Thursday’s meeting is chocker full of heat racing all heading to the finals evening the following Thursday. Four heats for the 295m sprinters will decide the finalists for the $10,000 Active Electrical Christchurch Canterbury Futurity Sprint (races 1-4). They are followed by the four heats for the $30,000 The Ftiz Sports Bar Canterbury Futurity over 520m (races 5-8). The straight out speed merchants are in action as they also contest four heats for the $7,500 Murray & Hannah Ray White Cashmere Harding Cup over the 295m dash (races 9-12).


It’s a mixture grades blended through all of the Active Electrical Christchurch Canterbury Futurity Sprint heats. There are two open graded sprinters contesting the first heat. Jason Dunn mentored last year’s Canterbury Futurity Sprint winner with Timely Affair and he will be loading away Forehand Raid (17.19s 295m best time) into the one trap in the first of the heats. Our Dazzel (17.16s) has been delivering competitive C5 295m sprints for his conditioner Robin Wales. He won his only previous race from the three trap which is the trap he’ll escape from here.


Ashley Bradshaw brought up her 100th training success for the current season last week and she’ll be represented by the now C4 graded Bender Truth in this dash. He has stylishly bounced up from C1 when resuming from a spell up to C4 when winning three consecutive 295m sprints, the last of them being easily delivered last Thursday in a swift 17.11s. He will be sighted earing the pink racing vest for this first time in his career in this dash. Know Charisma (17.27s) for Gary Cleeve and the Bruce Dann prepared Mitcham Quinn (17.15s) bring current C3 assessments into this heat and both of them own sound Addington 295m form.


Dunn has the only C5 rated sprinter in the second heat with Business Ethics. It is the same Rosemary and Ron Blackburn owing partnership who Dunn prepared Timely Affair to win last year’s edition. He indicated his readiness for his assignment here when he skipped through his 295m dash last Thursday in a swift 16.99s.


Marcie Flipp is trekking south with her C4 graded sprinter Idol Nifty. He is a proven Addington 295m sprinter (17.17s best) and he was a finalist in this year’s edition of the Railway Sprint (318m) at Group 1 level. 


Bradshaw is represented by three contenders in this heat, including the C4 graded Loco Lola (17.18s) and Ma Chere (17.31s) with this C3 sprinter also having her first race from trap eight. The Steve and Bonnie Evans kennels is enjoying a fair amount of current success. They will be loading away Goldstar Major (C3, 17.18s) into the one trap here.




Contesting heats for the Active Electrical Christchurch Canterbury Futurity Sprint series includes (from left): Our Dazzel; Idol Nifty; Business Ethics


Bringing open class status into the third heat is the Janine McCook prepared Shaw Lee. He is likely to relish dropping back from 457m racing to 295m sprinting here, plus also his kind ace trap draw from where this holder of a 17.10s best 295m time is proven from.


The Evan’s partnership will load away the C5 rated sprinter in this field Goldstar Trooper into the adjacent trap. He brings a quick 17.01s winning 295m clock into this dash and he is returning here after delivering his meet best 22.25s Ascot Park 390m win.


The now C4 graded sprinter Pita Ramos (17.25s) is prepared by Dunn, while the Bradshaw trained Wildebeest (17.20s) also holds the same grading. Yi Feng (17.28s) is proven from trap eight and that’s where this C3 rated sprinter will hop away from for his trainer John McInerney, who trained an astounding ten winners on the Forbury Park 12 race card on Tuesday.


Contesting the fourth heat is another Dunn prepared C5 sprinter Ketchikan Kim (17.25s), who is required to exit from trap six for this task. Bradshaw has the other C5 rated sprinter in this heat with Mohican Run (17.13s). He will have his first taste of racing from the five trap here.


Kennelmate Raptor Attack (17.18s) is C4 graded and he will be sighted wearing the white racing vest here. Holding the same class assessment is the Rosemary Blackburn trained Neelix (17.34s) and he will be reintroduced to the one trap for this dash. The only C3 sprinter in this heat is the McCook prepared King Kali (17.30s) who must jump smartly from trap four here.  


Murray & Hannah Ray White Cashmere Harding Cup    


A TAB Futures Win and Top3 market has been opened for the Harding Cup 295m sprint series. Heading that market is the Craig Roberts trained Nelso Allen ($4.50 & $1.80). This holder of a sharp best 16.89s 295m clock will contest the third heat from the two trap.


The Calum Weir prepared pair of sprinters Randy Raccoon ($6 & $2.25 – 17.08s) and Rocket Raccoon ($5 & $2 – 17.01s) has been treated kindly by the box draws with both of them racing from the one trap in the first and second heats respectively.


Also contesting the second heat from the eight trap is the Bruce Dann trained Fired Up Jasper ($9 & $3 – 17.04s). He also has Hilton Forabet ($16 & $4.75 – 17.16s) jumping from the one trap in the final heat. The Malcolm Grant kennels are ticking over sweetly at the moment and he’ll load away Smash Wild ($16 & $4.75 – 17.07s) into the four trap in the first heat.


Ray Adcock has a couple of sprinters engaged in the heats who are set firmly in the early market. Lord Louie ($12 & $3.75 – 17.52s) is bringing last start winning 310m form into the third heat following his strong 18.32s Tuesday Forbury Park win. Kennelmate Edge Of Town ($14 & $4.25 – 17.04s) will front up in the final heat. As mentioned above Ashley Bradshaw is enjoying a successful season and Hankenstein ($18 & $5.25 – 17.19s) has contributed to that success. He will be sighted contesting the first heat.




Grid Lock winning last year’s Harding Cup final (pic Dave Robbie), while Nelso Allen is the early TAB Futures favourite for this year’s edition; Lord Louie is a Harding Cup heat contender


By Peter Fenemor



Posted on 15/05/2019 1:41:03 PM

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