Tidy Auckland Sunday Features & Amazing Chase Qualifying Wrapping Up

It’s a rather competitive looking Manukau feature $5,500 AGRC Board Cup 527m event on Sunday afternoon. Overshadowing that feature is the final opportunity for North Island nominated greyhounds to post a qualifying time for the following Sunday’s $60,000 Amazing Chase final.


Pictured: Our Rick who is contesting Sunday’s feature AGRC Board Cup


The Auckland GRC Board annually sponsors a late season pair of feature races and that occurs this Sunday with the $5,500 AGRC Board Cup (race 10) over 527m, plus the AGRC Board Sprint (race 12) over the 318m dash. Both races are legs of the Sunday $20,000 terminating TAB Pick6.


That was a very stylish 25.65s Cambridge C4/5 Thursday 457m win that Our Rick delivered for his trainer Emma Potts. A repeat of that effort from his kind two trap draw on Sunday can see him featuring at the race sharp end again.


The Potts kennels will also be represented by Too The Nail in this feature. This bloke owns a fair amount of early pace and he has no option but to use that asset from his four trap draw. He got himself tangled up in early traffic is his most recent Cambridge open class 457m assignments. Potts also provides the first reserve with the C4 graded Opawa Light who was held in midfield traffic throughout in his last start Cambridge 457m outing.


The Jared Udy and Denise Cottam kennels has been firing all season long as seen by their recording breaking (for them) 107 winners so far for the season. They will load away three contenders into the 527m traps in this event. Jinja Bailey has been allocated the one trap for her third race in a row. She is a proven chaser when sighted wearing the red racing vest as seen by her recent efforts, which includes a bold C4/5 30.70s 527m win two races ago.


Chasing her home in that event three quarters of a length behind was Jinja Might and he is also proven over the Manukau 527m distance. That second placing was delivered when he exited from trap seven and he will jump from that same trap on Sunday.


We all know what Kiwi Gal is capable of delivering over 527m at the Auckland headquarters. She is generally sighted setting up the pace which is a tactic that she must utilize when she exits from trap three here. The Te Kauwhata based kennels also provides the second reserve with It’s A Stroll who is currently a C3 graded chaser. His latest efforts has been seconds in 318m and 375m sprints, however he is also proven over the 527m trip.


Two runners will represent the locally based Ben Craik kennels. Zipping Buddy is making his Manukau track debut outing and he hasn’t been provided any favours for it as he will hop away from the five trap. He has been racing at Cambridge and he regained his open class racing stripes when he prevailed in his last start 21.30s C4 375m win.


Kennelmate Ti Amo has also recently returned into the C5 chasing ranks and it was a rough return for her as she suffered from an impeded racing passage in her 318m sprint last Sunday. She draws trap right here and that’s a trap from where she has proven to be competitive from in the past.


Sean Codlin is also training from Te Kauwhata based kennels. That was a real strong 18.51s Sunday track debut C4 318m win that his charge Opawa Viking produced. Obviously he’s taking on 527m racing here and it will pay to remember that he chased home the current Auckland Cup title holder Diddilee when he finished second to him in the 520m Group 1 NZ St Leger final at Addington back in February.   




Sunday AGRC Board Cup contenders includes (from left): Jinja Bailey; Ti Amo; Opawa Viking  


AGRC Board Sprint


It’s a sharp field of open class 318m sprinters who will contest Sunday’s AGRC Board Sprint. It’s a field that the inform Jared Udy and Denise Cottam kennels hold a real strong hand in with four sprinters, plus the second reserve engaged. Buddy Boom has charged through the grades and he ripped apart a strong Cambridge open class 375m sprint field in a rather smart 21.01s on Thursday.


Kiwi Boy regained winning form last Sunday when effortlessly cruised to his 18.40s 318m win. Kennel runners also book end the field with the recent 18.65s 318m winner Miss Claude hopping away from trap one, while the evergreen sprinter Alex Attack jumps from trap eight on Sunday. The kennel also provides the second reserve Waerenga Star who probably hopes she doesn’t get a race start here as she is a race 6 C4 318m acceptor.


The other contenders must jump straight onto the pace if they’re going to feature in this dash. Classy Impact is bringing sound current sprinting form into this feature for her conditioner Thayne Green. Mobility Scooter really rocked punters earlier this month when Marsha Black produced her charge to deliver his 318m win, paying $52 when doing so. He has suffered from traffic impeded latest 318m and 375m sprints.


Similarly the Ben Craik prepared Your Valentine has endured hindered recent sprints as has the first reserve Jetsun Paint for Gordon Wilson who is likely to start from trap seven after the injury related scratching of Zugzwang.




Sunday AGRC Board Sprint contenders includes (from left): Kiwi Boy, seen here Denise Cottam, while Jared Udy as another kennel contender Alex Attack; Classy Impact; Mobility Scooter


Amazing Chase Qualifying    


It’s the final weekend of qualifying for next Sunday’s $60,000 Amazing Chase finals at the Addington Raceway and changes to the current qualifying venues leader boards can be expected. Firstly let’s recap Thursday’s amazing Amazing Chase 520m qualifying action.


Stunning is the only way to describe the low flying 29.67s NZ Nationals Middle Distance semi-final Addington 520m victory that the Craig Roberts prepared Dyna Dave delivered. Obviously that further entrenched his position on top of the Addington Amazing Chase leader board.


Prior to that humungous effort was the pre-race meeting 520m solo trailing action which resulted in leader board movement over the next set of qualifying positions. It involved a pair of Dave and Jean Fahey trained contenders. Moving into second place was the C1 graded chaser Isavana who really stepped up to the mark when she produced her outstanding 30.02s 520m clock.


Advancing into third place at Addington was the stayer Alotta Talk who competed his 520m solo trial in a smart 30.05s. Taking over the fourth possie at the Christchurch headquarters is the Ray Adcock prepared Start The Show who completed his 520m trial in 30.10s. He will become the second reserve for the $60,000 final as the only Friday afternoon Addington trial contender didn’t better the above times.


Therefore the final Addington Amazing Chase 520m qualifying times are – Dyna Dave, Craig Roberts 29.67s, Isavana, Dave & Jean Fahey 30.02s, Alotta Talk, Dave & Jean Fahey 30.05s, while the second reserve for the final will be Start the Show, Ray Adcock 30.10s.


Hatrick Friday evening qualifying features all seven Central Districts trained Amazing Chase nominated greyhounds. The current Matt Roberts trained 30.49s head of the table She’s For Us will be looking to improve her time in the race 6 C4 520m event. Nature’s Gent currently occupies the second equal position with his 30.60s time. He will be looking to improve on that clock when he contests the race 10 NZ Nationals Middle Distance semi-final for his conditioner Angela Turnwald.


Nature’s Gent has three kennelmates lining up in the same race with all of them being litter mates. The dual Group 1 winning Diddilee, who is third on the Manukau leader board (30.81s), will record his first Hatrick qualifying time. Hot Platter (30.69s) and Waitohi (30.73s) are seeking to improve on their recorded times.


Turnwald’s other two nominated chasers will also race. Emgrand Park is currently tied for second with his 30.60s time and he will contest the race 8 C5 520m event. Triple What has a recorded 30.83s time and he will contest the race 2 C2 520m final.


It is expected that last year’s Steve Clark trained Amazing Chase finalist Pinny Mack will solo trial over 527m at Manukau on Sunday as he makes a late dash to book his Christchurch trip. The recent Manawatu 457m Golden Chase winner Robson looks to be secure with his smart 30.36s 527m solo trial time last Sunday for his mentor Peter Ferguson.


Racing in the feature 527m AGRC Board Cup are the Jared Udy and Denise Cottam prepared kennelmates Jinja Might and Kiwi Gal. The former is currently holding down the second Manukau qualifying position with his 30.73s clock. The latter occupies the fourth possie with her 30.87s recorded time.




Dyna Dave seen here with his trainer Craig Roberts following his turbo charged Addington 29.67s Thursday 520m win (pic Dave Robbie); the current second equal Hatrick chaser Emgrand Park; Pinny Mack who will be looking to post an Amazing Chase qualifying time when he solo trials over 527m on Sunday       


By Peter Fenemor

Posted on 20/07/2019 11:21:48 AM

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