Southland Hosted Group 2 457m Wraps Up The Season

The final greyhound Group race for the 2018/19 season will be dispatched from the Ascot Park 457m traps at 1.22pm on Tuesday afternoon (race 5). Two heats, held a couple of weeks ago, decided the final field who will contest the $16,000 Far South Challenge at Group 2 level.


Pictured: Go Brat delivering his 25.99s Far South Challenge heat win (pic Dave Robbie)


It was the Dave and Jean Fahey prepared Go Brat who retuned the quickest heat time when he clocked 25.99s. He jumped away in the midfield, then he improved on the big, sweeping turn, from where he finished solidly to claim his heat win. He returned to Addington last Thursday where he suffered from a fair degree of interference when racing into the first turn in his C4/5 520m event. Go Brat has drawn nicely in the two trap here.


Janine McCook has campaigned her charge Shaw Lee throughout the country during the season contesting Group race heats. Shaw Lee finally cracked it when he made this final which came via his gutsy on the pace 26.29s heat win. He hadn’t won a middle distance race prior to contesting this series, therefore it was a career break-through performance for him. He has no option but to jump straight onto the pace when he exits from trap eight on Tuesday.


Dyna Varsity has raced on six occasions in this country since he crossed the Tasman and entered the Craig Roberts kennels. Amazingly has last four races saw him wearing the pink racing vest. On Tuesday he’ll swap from the pink and slip into red racing vest which he carried to victory the only previous occasion he was allocated it which was over 525m at the Melbourne based The Meadows track. Bertie Allen was drawn in the seven trap however he received a racing stand down on Thursday.


His heat race saw him racing handy to the pace from where he whacked away solidly when finishing up a 1.9 length third behind Go Brat. He would have derived benefit from that race as he was making his Ascot Park track debut outing. Dyna Varsity also suffered from first turn jostling when he lined up in the same open class 520m event that Go Brat raced in at Addington last Thursday.


Must Be Rusty is a proven, competitive Ascot Park greyhound for his conditioner John McInerney. His 457m track stats is solid which includes winning the 2018 edition of the 457m Colin And Orma Gray Memorial Invercargill Cup. He finished boldly when he closed to within half a length of Shaw Lee in his heat. Two days later he returned to Addington where he produced a midfield finish in the NZ Nationals Middle Distance 520m semifinal. He will be loaded away into the five trap here. Kennelmate Joe Bonanza was the second reserve, however he received an injury related racing stand down at Addington on Sunday. 


Egomaniacal is another competitive chaser at the Southland GRC venue. His trainer Dan Roberts returns south with him after his 2.7 length heat fourth to Go Brat. He also contested an Addington C3/4 520m event two days later where he wound a 2.75 length third. He will be sighted hopping away from trap four on Tuesday.


And that brings us to the pleasing sight of three locally trained greyhounds who will contest this Group 2 event. The Southland GRC secretary Bronwyn Eade will be absolutely delighted with her charge Ketchikan Blue qualifying. He kicked on solidly when he finished half a length and a nose behind Shaw Lee for his heat third. He will exit from trap six in this final as the holder of the field best 457m winning time at 25.84s (Go Brat and Must Be Rusty both hold a 25.85s best 457m clock).


Local conditioner Brett Connor qualified two finalists. Tee An’ Cee was exceptionally brave when he set up the pace in his heat. It was only in the shadows of the post when Go Brat dived bomb him by a neck. He will be looking to adopt similar racing tactics when he exits from trap three here.


It was tremendous effort by his kennelmate Black Bobby to make the final cut as he holds a current C2 grading. He is likely to be loaded away into the seven trap wearing the green and white first reserve racing vest. He was real bold when he delivered his 1.6 length heat fifth placing to Shaw Lee.         




Shaw Lee prevailing in a closely contested finish when winning his Far South Challenge heat; Southland racing personality Brendon Burke undertook the handling duties for heat winner Go Brat, while Corey Steele did likewise for the other heat winner Shaw Lee - pics supplied by Dave Robbie – – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 29/07/2019 2:41:39 PM

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