Super Hatrick Friday Racing

It sure was an action-packed evening of greyhound racing at the Hatrick Raceway on Friday. We saw the Wanganui semi-finals of the NZ Nationals Middle Distance and NZ Nationals Distance being decided. There was movement on both of the Hatrick Amazing Chase qualifying leaderboard, while the Lisa Cole kennels blazed through the $2 million dollar stakes barrier for the current season.


Pictured: Friday’s Hatrick NZ Nationals Middle Distance semi-final winner Bigtime Rod following an earlier win seen here with his handler Georgie Cole


The final fields for the NZ Nationals Middle Distance and NZ Nationals Distance finals has been confirmed which will now see an intriguing pair of $50,000 520m and 732m finals being contested at the Addington Raceway on August 8.


Bigtime Rod has been a competitive open class Lisa Cole trained greyhound for a while now and he confirmed that factor in the stylish manner he claimed his bold 520m win in the $9,735 NZ Nationals Middle Distance semi-final on Friday evening.


Bigtime Rod seized the race lead when going into the first turn and he dictated the pace to his rivals from that point. He cruised home to secure his booking for Christchurch clocking an okay 30.16s for his assignment. Serving to illustrate the stylish nature of his win can be gauged by a pair of multiple Group race winning greyhounds finishing in the minor placings.   


Nature’s Gent continues to belie his age, being a four and a half year old chaser, from the Angela Turnwald kennels as it was another sound effort that he produced when he finished solidly for his 3.25 length second placing. The 2017 New Zealand Cup winner certainly doesn’t have any issues about racing on the Addington track.


Speaking about racing at Addington, the 30.39s clock that Nature’s Gent posted for his placing, saw him taking over the Hatrick Amazing Chase leaderboard, therefore he and along with the Matt Roberts trained previous Hatrick leader She’s For Us (30.49s) will contest the $60,000 Amazing Chase 520m match races at Addington this Sunday afternoon.


Trojan Hoarse gamely chased after his pace making kennelmate and it was only over the later stages when he yielded the second placing when he wound up another 2.25 lengths astern in third. It was another Turnwald prepared chaser in Waitohi who pressed on finished up in fourth just a half-length further back.


Her 30.56s time put her into third place on the Hatrick Amazing Chase leaderboard, however she was subsequently withdrawn owing to an injury sustained in this race. That put another Turnwald trained contender Emgrand Park (30.60s) into the ballot with the third placed Manukau qualifier Jinja Might for the final field position.


It was Jinja Might who prevailed in that ballot meaning that Emgrand Park will become the Amazing Chase first reserve. It had already been established that Start The Show will be the second reserve for Ray Adcock.


It may have been only a five dog field, but geez what a ripper of a paw wrestle the $9,620 NZ Nationals Distance semi-final over the 755m staying trip turned into. Just a pair of heads separated the first three finishers.


It was an initial pace making dual when the 755m traps lifted. The locally Mark Goodier trained Silver Collar finalist Bigtime Chloe led out, however slipping through underneath her was the Group 1 Wanganui Distance 755m winner Cawbourne Taylor for her conditioner Matt Roberts.


This pair cleared out from their other three race rivals which included the warm $1.50 Sam Lozell prepared race favourite Shooters Hill who settled a fair margin behind the pace setters. Bigtime Chloe linked up again with Cawbourne Taylor when turning in for the run home and this pair set down to it.


Flashing home late was the big boy Shooters Hill. His potent finish came up a head short of Bigtime Chloe who reached the line after 45.32s of hard out chasing action. Finishing just a head behind was the gallant Cawbourne Taylor. There was a further 17 lengths back to the fourth placed Race Me Home for her trainer Bill Hodgson.


$2,000,000 in Stake Earnings for the Lisa Cole Kennels


The Hatrick Friday evening milestones continues to roll around for the nation’s leading greyhound trainer Lisa Cole. Two Friday’s ago it was entirely appropriate when the sharp greyhound sprinter Sir Duggie won his Hatrick 305m sprint which provided Cole with her national record breaking 804th training success for the 2018/19 season.


Cole had tied the record last season with 803 winners which was previously held by John McInerney. Then during last Friday evening when Bigtime Brody won his 520m race he propelled the Cole kennels through the $2 million stakes earning barrier for the current season.


Cole has since extended her trainer’s winning record up to 827, while she commenced Monday’s Palmerston North meeting requiring a further $56,434 in stakes to break the $2,089,530 stakes record she set last season. 




The Hatrick NZ Nationals Distance semi-final winner Bigtime Chloe; it was the win by Bigtime Brody who brought up $2 million in stake earnings on Friday evening for the Lisa Cole during the 2018/19 racing season – Bigtime Brody is pictured here with Ella Cole after an earlier win; Nature’s Gent topped the Hatrick Amazing Chase leaderboard 


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 22/07/2019 3:44:10 PM

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