Two Addington $7,500 Features to be Decided Thursday

It’s a huge week looming for the Christchurch GRC with four racing meetings scheduled to be held at the Addington Raceway. It all winds up with very last race on Sunday afternoon which will see the four 520m match races deciding this year’s edition of the $60,000 Amazing Chase. Before that, during Thursday’s meeting, two annual $7,500 feature 520m events - The Flair Canterbury Laurels and the Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic will be decided.


Pictured: Double Speed delivering his Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic heat win (pic Dave Robbie)


There weren’t heats required for the 2019 Flair Canterbury Laurels (race 9) for the girls with the final field comprising of mainly Dave and Jean Fahey and Robin Wales-prepared contenders. Max Dancer came close to qualifying for the Amazing Chase final match races for the Faheys with her 30.20s gallop. She owns a best 30.13s Addington 520m clock, and going close to that time can see her featuring at the business end of this event. She has won both of her previous races from trap four and she’ll exit from that trap here.


Her kennelmate Gem finished third in April’s New Zealand Oaks final at Group 1 level, and she’s likely to enjoy racing from her one trap draw in this feature. She can be expected to finish strongly as she has displayed strength in her 520m races, while she finished solidly for her last start second over the 645m distance.


Go Glow is a proven Addington 520m chaser, who also owns strength as we saw in her stylish pace making 645m win here two races ago. She then followed that up her C3/4 520m second when she was sighted finishing solidly for her two length second behind race rival here Our Jolene. The April NZ Oaks runner up will be wearing the white racing vest here which she has previously carried to victory.


Opawa Lyn is giving away a slice of class in this event being a C1 assessed chaser. She is resuming from a spell here having last being presented on May 15 when she contested a heat for the Group 2 Canterbury Futurity. She will hop away from trap seven which is a trap she has previously won from.


Robin Wales is lining up three runners, plus his kennels provide the first reserve. Our Jolene led all the way when she delivered her comfortable last start C3/4 30.32s 520m win which was a bold effort as she was a C3 graded at the time. Her time was a personal best 520m clock and she delivered that from the one trap. She moves out to other end of the traps where she’ll jump from trap eight for the first time in her career on Thursday.


Sefton Joy will exit from trap two after she suffered from a traffic impeded racing passage when she ran out her C1 nominations in her last Addington 520m outing. Prior to that she stylishly led throughout when delivering her Forbury Park 32.75s C1 545m win.  She must push forward onto the early pace when she hops away from trap two here.


Ester was also a last start C1 winner for Wales. She was seen finishing stoutly along the rail when she claimed her 30.89s 520m win here last Friday. She does own a sharper 30.33s best winning 520m time at this venue. She hasn’t been provided with any favours after being allocated the five trap to be loaded away into for this feature.


Opawa Mason is a C1 graded chaser who occupies the first possie on the reserves bench. She was denied early racing room when she contested the same Friday 520m race that Ester won. From there she gradually improved which saw her ultimately wind up 2.5 lengths behind her in third.


Ashley Bradshaw is concluding a successful season for her kennels (117 winners so far) and she will load away No Kissy Missy into the six trap on Thursday. She has yet to win over this 520m trip (four placings from eight races). She certainly did receive any racing favours when going into the first turn last Thursday which was in the 520m event won by Our Jolene. She then headed down to Forbury Park on Tuesday she was sighted finishing solidly for her quarter length 310m second.


The Bradshaw kennels also have the second reserve with M’Lady Sadie occupying that position. She was game when she chased after the pacemaker to ultimately finish a 3.25 length last start Forbury Park 545m third.



Flair Canterbury Laurels contenders includes (from left): Max Dancer (pic Dave Robbie); Gem after her NZ Oaks third; Go Glow following her NZ Oaks second placing.


2019 Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic


Two 520m heats held last Thursday sorted out the final field of male chasers for the $7,500 Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic (race 10).


The Greyhound Racing NZ Hall of Fame trainer Ray Adcock produced the regular Group race finalist Double Speed to record the quickest heat time via his 30.32s win. He pinged away smartly from trap eight to set up the pace. It is very likely that this holder of a field best 30.11s winning 520m time will again set the early pace from trap three as this C4 graded chaser attempts to secure a deserved feature race victory here.


The Dave and Jean Fahey prepared C1 assessed Opawa Vinny prevailed in the other heat, in which he claimed in a personal best 30.36s time. He’s a promising up and coming chaser with his heat win being his fourth in just his sixth race day outing. He has previously won from trap seven and he’ll hop away from that trap in this event.


The Faheys also qualified another four finalists, plus they also provide the second reserve and all of them are also C1 graded chasers. Go Diego was bold in the manner that he chased home Double Speed when he delivered his two length second to him. He must place himself handy to the early from the two trap here.


Boyka is a known strong finisher and he demonstrated that when he was sighted finishing solidly for his 1.25 length heat second to his kennelmate Opawa Vinny. This fella held an Amazing Chase qualifying position for a long time, only losing a place in the final match ups when he was shuffled back from second to fifth place on the Addington leader board last Thursday. Expect him to settle back after he jumps away from trap six here.


Meka had to overcome traffic issues during the early rush for positions in his heat. After settling back he gradually improved his field position to press on for his 4.5 length third to Double Speed. He brings an okay 30.19s best 520m clock into this event. He hasn’t been provided with any favours after being allocated the five trap here.


Sausage placed himself into early contention in his heat when he landed handy to the early pace. He kicked on soundly from there which led to his 2.5 length heat third to Opawa Vinny. He has lobbed a placing in all three of his previous races from trap eight and he’ll be sighted wearing the pink racing vest on Thursday.


The Fahey trained second reserve Opawa Deal lost his unbeaten race record when he contested the heat that was taken out by Double Speed. Had returned from Ascot Park where two days earlier he had stylishly prevailed in the $7,500 NZRS Novice final over 457m. He made an early mistake at the jump in his heat which saw him being tangled up in midfield traffic afterwards.


Joe Bonanza holds a C4 grading and he takes his place in this final for his trainer John McInerney following his 3.5 length heat fourth to Opawa Vinny. He had settled just in behind the pace setters and he remained there throughout. He will be loaded away into trap four for the decider.


Robin Wales provides the balance of the field. Opawa Roy was brave when he overcame some first turn jostling from where he gamely stuck to his task which saw him book his place in the final field via his 5.25 length heat fourth to Double Speed. He then returned to Addington on Tuesday where he emphatically won his C1 520m assignment in 30.55s. He’s likely to relish drawing the one trap here.


His kennelmate Eddie Hemi is the first reserve following his traffic impeded heat fifth behind Opawa Vinny. This C2 graded chaser sits on the reserves bench holding a C2 grading, while he has a best 30.25s 520m clock record beside his name. 



Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic contenders includes (from left): Opawa Vinny delivering his Garden City Classic heat win; Joe Bonanza; Opawa Roy - pics supplied by Dave Robbie – – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos


By Peter Fenemor



Posted on 24/07/2019 10:57:09 AM

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