Strong Auckland Sunday Support Card

Strong Auckland Sunday Support Card


It’s an attractive support card that the Auckland club has framed for Sunday’s Manukau meeting where the prestigious $100,000 Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar will be decided. The $6,000 Peter Earley Classic over 527m has attracted a competitive looking field, while a tidy 318m sprint field will contest the Hifi Allegro Sprint Final. Another edition of the Sunline Trophy Stakes over 527m will be contested, while Sunday’s TAB Pick6 has been guaranteed to $25,000.


Pictured: Peter Earley seen here presenting the Peter Earley Classic trophy to Robin Wales (Opawa Racing) after Uno Twenty Five won last year’s edition


This Sunday race commentator Peter Earley will call his 47th Duke Of Edinburgh Silver Collar, which obviously is a remarkable achievement, especially considering Sunday’s Silver Collar final is the 49th edition of the great race (he watched the first two Silver Collar finals). A feature event instigated by the Auckland GRC on Silver Collar finals day is the running of the Peter Earley Classic over 527m. It has attracted a competitive looking field.


Kiwi Gal has stylishly won her last two Manukau 527m assignments completing her races in the meet best 527m times of 30.46s and 30.58s. Her conditioners Jared Udy and Denise Cottam are firing out the winners in all of the recent race meetings they have line up greyhounds in. Success in this event for them will be thoroughly deserved. Kiwi Gal will be sighted wearing the green racing vest on Sunday.   


Glennis Farrell applied the finishing touches to Uno Twenty Five for her win in last year’s Peter Earley Classic. On this occasion she holds sound looking claims of being able to repeat that success with two leading contenders. Tianyu boldly won last Sunday’s roughly contested $6,000 Auckland Derby over 527m in 31.15s. It’s best to overlook his time as it was more of a reflection of the way the race was run. Expect him to be sighted finishing solidly after he exits from the five trap.


His kennel and litter mate Gao Gao is also generally sighted doing his best work at the business end of his races as seen when he dash home late for his Auckland Derby third placing after he recovered from first turn interference. He will jump from the trap immediately inside his brother.


Canterbury trainer Dan Roberts is enjoying a fair amount of current success with his small racing team. Included in his team is the consistent chaser Egomaniacal who returns to the Manukau Stadium as the recent winner of the 545m Dunedin Cup. He has placed in two of his previous three 527m Manukau races, which includes a Group 1 third which came in the Waterloo Cup. He will race from trap three on Sunday.


Local conditioner Ben Craik will also be represented by two contenders here. The recently downgraded open class chaser Zipping Monty secures the draw advantage here via the one trap. He is proven from that trap and his C3/4 527m second two races ago contained merit.


Kennelmate Heart Shaped Box regained his open class chasing stripes when he stylishly claimed his 26.03s Thursday Cambridge 457m win. This fella current fitness levels are right up there after his recent solid 603m races at this venue. His Cambridge win was delivered from trap eight and he moves in one trap for Sunday’s race.


Adding a fair degree of interest to this event is the Manukau track debut appearance of the handy Peter Ferguson trained Keysile. She arrives at the Auckland headquarters as a recent Cambridge Group 2 457m winner. Completely overlook her Thursday Cambridge 375m miss where she was denied early racing room. She has compiled tidy looking inside trap stats and she’ll exit from trap two on Sunday.


Completing the field is the Wayne and Tracey Steele prepared Jinja Murphy who set up the pace, then was run down late in his latest Manukau C3/4 527m outing. He does own early pace which is an asset he must use when jumps from trap eight here. He won his only previous race when he was sighted wearing the pink racing vest.



Kiwi Gal is seeking a hat trick of Manukau 527m wins when she contests the Peter Earley Classic on Sunday; Tianyu is looking to provide his trainer Glennis Farrell with back to back Peter Earley Classic wins; Keysile adds intrigue to the Peter Earley Classic field as she’s making her Manukau track debut outing


Hifi Allegro Sprint Final


Two 318m heats held last Sunday decided the final field for this feature 318m dash. Emma Potts has her sprinter Too The Nail firing up real nicely at the moment as seen in his quick meet best 18.36s heat win last Sunday. He can overcome the five trap draw he has been allocated on Sunday.


The other heat winner came from the Ron and Nyomi O’Regan kennels when Manila Bala led throughout to deliver his 18.49s win. He achieved that win from trap two and this owner of a tidy 18.24s best winning 318m time will exit from the same trap for this decider.


Fantastic Amy is a proven competitive Manukau 318m sprinter who didn’t receive any early racing favours in her heat for her trainer Sam Lozell. She will hop away from the one trap here as the holder of a tidy 18.29s best winning 318m clock.


Ross and Lynne Udy have their sprinters winning numerous 318m sprints at this venue on a regular basis. Included is Watierimu Ripper who has quickly moved through the grades, while looking to boost up the race combo’s is his experienced kennelmate Kapai Lana. Drawing out in the eight trap here is exactly where this girl wants to be.




Holding stake claims in the Hifi Allegro Sprint final includes (from left): Too The Nail; Manila Bala; Fantastic Amy


By Peter Fenemor



Posted on 7/06/2019 1:19:50 PM

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