Amazing Chase Field Primed for Action

The field for the fast pace, action packed $60,000 Amazing Chase is all set to contest their respective set of four two dog 520m match races at the Addington Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The previous two editions of the Amazing Chase produced amazing match racing. Sunday’s third edition promises to deliver another ripper of an event as eight classy greyhounds match up their paws with another rival while also individually racing against the clock.


Pictured: Dyna Dave delivering his sharp 29.67s Amazing Chase 520m qualifying time (pic Dave Robbie)


It was a super month of Amazing Chase qualifying on the Hatrick, Addington and Manukau tracks with quality chasing action being displayed by most of the 34 Amazing Chase nominated greyhounds.


Firstly we’ll take a look at the four fascinating 520m match ups, then we’ll revise on how the format works and who the TAB dividends will be paid on. Included in the match previews are the respective TAB induvial head to head market, along with their overall Final Field win and Top 3 quotes. The odd numbered greyhounds will jump from trap 1, while the even numbered chasers will exit from trap 3. 


Match 1: 1 She’s For Us (Red) $5.25 & $21 - $3.50 v 2 Dyna Dave (Stripes) $1.12 & $1.50 - $1.05


She’s For Us has made her way to Addington via her 30.49s Hatrick 520m race time. She has suffered from traffic problems in her recent 520m races there mainly owing to wide recent draws which didn’t suit this known railing chaser. She has trialed over 295m at Addington in a low 17s dash. She must begin smartly and then hope she’s dragged through for a competitive 520m time here.


“She hates wide draws which has affected her in her recent Hatrick races. Her best chance here is to lead out and then lead Dave to at least the back mark and then stick on from there. She took a bit of a bashing in her last race (July 26) however she’s all okay for Sunday,” stated Matt Roberts.


This is a son (Matt Roberts) verses father (Craig Roberts) match race, which on the surface of it looks rather one sided. Dyna Dave is rocketing around Addington over 520m at the moment. His slick 29.67s 520m clock was his 10th sub 30s Addington 520m time. He has the pace and the strength to prevail in this match up. It is quite amazing that Dyna Dave has yet to win a Group race in his 68 race (32 wins) career. He was a runner in last year’s Amazing Chase final.


“I guess the best scenario is Matt’s dog will hold the rail which should allow Dave to slingshot himself around her. He has been jumping much better lately, while maintaining his strong later sectionals. Dave is as good as gold – he’s right on top of his game at the moment,” advised Craig Roberts.




Amazing Chase match 1 - She’s For Us (left) is taking on the current low flying Dyna Dave


Match 2: 3 Pinny Mack (White) $1.37 & $7 - $1.75 v 4 Isavana (Blue) $2.80 & $14 - $2.50


Pinny Mack booked his place in this paw wrestle when he delivered his tidy Manukau 30.38s 527m solo trial clock. He has also been sighted trialing stylishly post to post at Manukau. He was an Amazing Chase finalist last year where he slipped when leaving the traps. He has been in sublime form since then which includes a Manukau 527m Group 1 victory and he has clocked a tidy 29.94s Addington 520m time. He finished second to Robson in the recent Golden Chase series.


“Pinny is great – fantastic heading into Sunday. He’s probably one run short although his Sunday trial has prepped him nicely for this. Obviously he is a very capable greyhound and hey he’s in it and he has the motor to deliver a quick time. I’m more than happy with him – he’s fresh and he looks super within himself,” suggested Steve Clark.  .


This match has an unknown intrigue factor about it as Isavana is a lightly raced C1 graded chaser. She does own a slick set of paws as seen by her 520m trial times which includes her 30.02s Addington 520m solo trial last week. She is very well related being a sister to a dual winning Group race and track record holding New South Wales greyhound and a half-sister to a Melbourne Cup winner.


“We brought her a brood bitch however we returned her to the track when she missed when she was mated. She is a very quick greyhound who can break 30s (Addington). I’m happy with her drawing outside Pinny and hopefully she leads him into the first turn. We’re happy with her going into Sunday,” said co-trainer Dave Fahey. 




Amazing Chase match 2 – The Group 1 winner Pinny Mack (left) is taking on the C1 graded locally prepared Isavana (pic Dave Robbie)


Match 3: 5 Robson (Gold) $1.20 & $9 - $1.85 v 6 Jinja Might (Green) $4.00 & $41 - $6


This is the battle of the northern region based greyhounds with Robson being a proven chaser in this match racing format as seen when he stylishly took out the Palmerston North hosted Golden Chase series (457m) in March. He had is first look at Addington on Tuesday when he delivered a real bold first up 30.01s 520m clock. You can expect him to be an improved greyhound following that experience.  


“I was rapt with his Tuesday trial, especially as he was a bit wobbly going around the first turn and he has pulled up great following that. He is settled, quiet and relaxed and he’s having a quiet week heading into Sunday where I expect him to strip ready to run a quick 520m. He is proven in this two dog format of racing and yes he can give them (and the clock) a decent shake on Sunday,” suggested Peter Ferguson.


Jinja Might was educated, broken in and he contested his early career races at Addington, therefore he knows the track. He has done a great job since he transferred north turning into a competitive open class greyhound. His Sunday feature race Manukau winning 30.61s 527m time was good enough to secure his place in this field.


“Hopefully he comes out on terms with Robson and positions himself from where he can use his sharp midrace second phase pace. He pulled up the best he ever has from his race last Sunday and he’s spot on to head south. We are absolutely rapt to be in contention in a series like this,” confirmed Jared Udy.




Amazing Chase match 3 – Robson (left) who is seeking his second match race series victory and he is taking on his northern trained compatriot Jinja Might.


Match 4: 7 Alotta Talk (Black) $1.85 & $10 - $2.10 v 8 Nature’s Gent (Pink) $1.85 & $10 - $2.10


This match is definitely to most even of the four match ups. The head to head format here is likely to suit Alotta Talk who will appreciate racing in open spaces here. This bloke is a staying chaser which obviously says he owns a fair amount of strength. He qualified for this when delivering his 30.05s 520m solo trial last week. His trainers won the inaugural Amazing Chase with a greyhound (Shantui) who contested the final match race.   


“This style of racing suits him and he is capable of putting in a quick 520m effort. I’m a bit concerned his recent staying races may have taken the edge off him, however he has pulled up great from his trials and he’s all set to go on Sunday,” said co-trainer Dave Fahey.


Nature’s Gent is a vastly experienced big race professional greyhound. He has the healthy habit of collecting Group race trophies as seen by his 2017 NZ Cup victory on this track. He returned here last month to stylishly win the South Island Champs title. He clocked a 30.39s 520m gallop at Hatrick to book his place here which was the venue where he finished second in last year’s Amazing Chase.    


“It’s an interesting match that Barney (kennel name) has come up with. He’s in a similar position that he was in for last year’s chase. He is more of race dog rather than a trial dog and I reckon Alotta Talk is stronger than him however our bloke has the experience. He is in great fettle to head back down there,” commented Paul Freeman.




Amazing Chase match 4 – Alotta Talk (left – pic Dave Robbie) has been contesting staying races as he prepares to take on the classy multiple Group race winning Nature’s Gent



The Format

Times is the critical factor for these canine athletes as the overall race winner will be declared on the greyhound who returns the swiftest 520m time from the four match races.


The match race chasing action starts with the dispatch of the first pair of greyhounds at 4.45pm. The remaining three match ups follow at eight minute intervals.


The format sees traps 1 and 3 used for each match. The first match will see the trap one dog wearing the red racing vest and the trap three dog the checks. Match two has the trap one dog carrying the white, while the trap three dog the blue vest and so on where the dog jumping from the three trap in the fourth match up will be sighted in the pink racing vest. If either or both reserves are required, then they will don their respective reserve rug colours.


The match races will treated as a normal eight dog event by the TAB. For example the race win dividend will be declared on the greyhound who clocks the fastest time, with the quickest three greyhounds paying the place dividends. The same scenario applies for the race exotics. E.g. The First4 dividend will be declared on the greyhounds who returns the fastest four times (which can be paid on greyhounds who contested the same match race)


The winner of each match will receive $3,000 while the beaten greyhound shall receive $1,000. The greyhound who clocks the quickest overall 520m time from the four matches will be paid an additional $24,750, followed by $10,340 for the second quickest, then $6,270 for third, while the fourth fastest will benefit from an additional $2,640. It is possible that some of these placings could occur in the same match up.


The Amazing Chase is also a Greyhound Racing NZ charity generator and the beneficially from Sunday’s activities is KidsCan. $6,800 has been raised through the $200 donation the connections of the original 34 nominated Amazing Chase greyhounds made. Numerous on course fund raising events will be held during the evening.


By Peter Fenemor











Posted on 26/07/2019 4:30:24 PM

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