Amazing Chase Consolation & Tidy Thursday Feature 520m Wins

It’s an intense week of chasing action for the Christchurch GRC with Sunday’s Amazing Chase meeting being the fourth occasion the Addington Raceway has been used for greyhound racing. The main support event to the race 12 Amazing Chase set of four two dog 520m match races is the $10,000 KidsCan Amazing Chase feature (race 10). Thursday evening saw a pair of annual $7,500 feature 520m events being contested with both being won by kennelmates.


Pictured: The dual Group 1 winner Diddilee is contesting the KidsCan Amazing Chase feature on Sunday


The KidsCan Amazing Chase is a feature event for the Amazing Chase nominated runners who didn’t make it through to the big dance. It includes both of the reserves for the Amazing Chase final.


Northern trainer Angela Turnwald is making a serious assault on this event having accepted with three contenders. Emgrand Park was the third fastest Hatrick Amazing Chase qualifier (30.60s) and he is seeking some compensation here after he lost a ballot to the third placed Manukau qualifier (Jinja Might). He has won over the Addington 520m trip when he won a 520m heat for the recent South Island Champs (30.28s). He then endured a traffic impeded racing passage in the Group 2 final and suffered from a similar luckless outing in his last start Hatrick 520m race. Drawing trap two here is likely to assist him.


Kennelmate Diddilee doesn’t require any introduction to the Addington Raceway patrons. He was the stylish winner of the Group 1 NZ St Leger final at the venue in February and then went onto to add the Auckland Cup title to his CV. He has won all three of his Addington 520m races with his best time being recorded at a tidy 30.09s. He resumed from a recent spell to win over 527m at Manukau, then he endured a traffic impeded last start Hatrick 520m race. He can feature from his three trap draw here.


Triple What is making his Addington track debut here. He has recently been downgraded back to C1 so this event is obviously a tad rich for him, however he has earned his place here by contesting the Amazing Chase qualifying series. He will wear the blue racing vest here.


The Ray Adcock prepared Start The Show is the Amazing Chase second reserve following his 30.10s 520m solo trial. He owns a best 30.26s race winning 520m time at this venue. He will be loaded away into trap eight on Sunday, which is a trap he has placed from in all three previous occasions he has raced from there.


Bahama Queen is likely to relish racing from the one trap here. Her record from the ace is sound and it suits her on the pace racing tactics for her conditioner Jason Dunn who, during the week, became the 17th trainer to bring up 100 training wins for the current season. It would pay to overlook her Thursday 520m miss.     


Sailor Allen has the ability to contest the early pace for his trainer Craig Roberts. He has done so in most of his Addington 520m races which included his outing two races ago when he led home the vain chase behind his kennelmate Dyna Dave when he clocked his slick 29.67s time. He did make a mistake when he left from trap six in his Thursday 520m assignment and he has been allocated the same trap for this event. 


Completing the field is Ashly Bradshaw, who is also enjoying a hugely successful season (117 winners), prepared No Kissy Missy. She pressed on solidly for her Thursday feature third placing. She is required to hop away from trap seven here.




KidsCan Amazing Chase contenders includes (from left): Start The Show; Bahama Queen; Sailor Allen – pics Dave Robbie


Flair Canterbury Laurels


There were three trainers with runners in the annual $7,500 Flair Canterbury Laurels 520m feature at the Addington Raceway on Thursday evening and all three of them was required to attend the post-race podium.


Go Glow had always displayed potential as was witnessed when she finished a bold second in the recent Group 1 NZ Oaks final. The Dave and Jean Fahey prepared greyhound jumped nicely from trap three to chase the initial pacemaker Sefton Joy around the first turn.


She mastered the pacemaker when heading down the back straight and she was never seriously challenged when she cleared out to claim her feature race victory by a comfortable four length margin, completing her task in 30.26s.


Ester is a lightly raced chaser from the Robin Wales kennels. She is likely to quickly advance up the grades when she was sighted pressing on stoutly for second in this event. No Kissy Missy as yet to win over a middle distance trip, however that factor is likely to change in the near future judging by the bold effort that this Ashley Bradshaw trained chaser delivered when she arrived home a further 1.5 lengths behind to claim her third placing.


Go Glow is an Opawa Racing bred and owned daughter of Fabregas and Opawa Stretch who claimed her ninth career win on Thursday. She has placed in another 14 races which now sees this C4 assessed girl sitting with $38,004 in stake earnings from her 36 race day outings.




Go Glow seen here delivering her Flair Canterbury Laurels win; Handler Mark Lin is joined by Opawa Racing’s Graham Campbell; Go Glow is flanked by runner up Ester and the third placed No Kissy Missy – pics Dave Robbie


Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic


It was the turn of the boys in the following annual $7,500 Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic and it turned into a Dave and Jean Fahey training benefit as they mentored the first four greyhounds to finish in this feature event. It was also a repeat win for the Opawa Racing team.


It was the promising youngster Opawa Vinny who set the pace up after he exited from trap seven. Stalking him into the first was Go Diego, while also pushing forward from his eight trap draw was another kennelmate Sausage.


It was to be this trio of chasers who was going to dominate this event from that point. Go Diego made his winning move when he railed underneath Opawa Vinny when rounding the final turn and from there he kicked clear to nail his feature race win by a 1.5 length margin, stopping the clock in 30.49s. Opawa Vinny maintained his sound gallop to claim the runner up prize while just a length further behind was Sausage who also pressed on soundly for his third placing.


Go Diego also has a promising future in front of him as this event was just this C1 graded chaser’s fifth race day appearance. It was his second race win, plus he has placed in another two races. You can expect the $6,591 current stakes level that this son of Barcia Bale and Opawa Born has earned to rapidly rise.   




Go Diego is pictured here delivering his Kolorful Kanvas Garden City Classic; Opawa Racing’s Graham Campbell who is holding the Golden Muzzle trophy alongside handler Josh Lane; Go Diego is joined by his kennel mates runner up Opawa Vinny and third placed Sausage - pics supplied by Dave Robbie – – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 26/07/2019 11:25:45 AM

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