Dave was Amazing when Securing his Chase Victory

The relief for Canterbury trainer Craig Roberts was very evident after his classy greyhound Dyna Dave finally secured a thoroughly deserved feature race victory when he emphatically claimed the third edition of the $60,000 Amazing Chase on his home Addington track late on Sunday afternoon.


Pictured: Dyna Dave is captured here delivering his fluent Sunday 520m Amazing Chase win – pic Dave Robbie


Dave had to withstand another three 520m match races to confirm his win after he set the time standard with his smart 29.70s gallop in the first of the match races. The others couldn’t, even though they were sighted gallantly giving it everything they had.


Dyna Dave was deservedly installed as the hot $1.50 overall Amazing Chase favourite while he exited from his three trap draw as the hot $1.12 fav to win his match up against She’s For Us who is prepared by Roberts’ son Matt.


She’s For Us gave it everything and then some when she led her more esteemed opponent into and down the back straight. Dave was doing pace work in behind her and he made his move when he muscled up to her when rounding the final turn. From there he came away strongly to stop the clock in a smart 29.70s. Dyna Dave picked up a tidy $27,750m for his top effort ($24,750 overall win and $3,000 for his match race win).


She’s For Us was supper gallant when she recorded her tidy 29.91s clock and she ultimately was rewarded with the third placing overall and by doing so she picked $7,270..


Steve Clark flew south with his contender Pinny Mack. He fairly flew out of the one trap in his match to set a real demanding early pace over the Dave and Jean Fahey prepared Isavana. It was a freewheeling gallop that Pinny Mack delivered as he was in cruise control when he easily took out his match, clocking a bold 29.79s. Isavana returned 30.22s for her gallop which saw her finishing in seventh equal place.


It was an all northern region third match race with the Peter Ferguson trained Robson taking on Jinja Might from the Jared Udy and Denise Cottam kennels. Jinja Might won the jump and he undertook the pace making duties. He set up the tempo down the back straight and it was when entering the final turn when Robson tried to take an inside passage. He checked off Jinja Might’s hind paws, was forced to steady and change ground.


Robson extended strongly during the run home and basically he outstayed his opponent when claiming his 30.06s match race win. His time was sufficient for the overall fourth placing which saw him picking up $5,640 for his effort. Jinja Might was credited with a 30.16s gallop, which placed him sixth overall.


It was a very competitive looking final match up which featured the Angela Turnwald conditioned multiple Group race winning Nature’s Gent taking on the staying Dave and Jean Fahey trained Alotta Talk. The pair came away from the 520m traps locked together, however it was Nature’s Gent who seized the lead going into the first turn.


He extended his margin going down the back straight, held a handy buffer when turning in for the run home, then he withstood the strong finish that Allot Talk threw at him to stop the clock in 30.15s, which provided him with the fifth overall placing. Alotta Talk matched the 30.22s time that his kennelmate Isavana delivered, hence his seventh equal placing.




As usual it was Dave Robbie who captured all the action including the other Amazing Chase match race winners (from left): Pinny Mack; Robson and Nature’s Gent


“I was happy with Dave’s time and I was reasonably confident that his time would hold up. Yes I was closely watching the clock when the other three matches went around and I guess it was more a feeling of relief when Dave was confirmed as the winner.


“I was really pleased for him as finally he has won a major feature race – he really deserved it. I thought the whole event was really well run and I reckon it’s a great concept (match racing),” advised Craig Roberts who now aims his charge towards another big ticket event.  


It promises to a real lucrative couple of weeks for the Roberts’ kennels as he now moves forward to the pair of $50,000 NZ Nationals finals that will be decided at the Addington Raceway on August 8.


Dyna Dave will start as the very warm favourite to take out the NZ Nationals Middle Distance event over 520m, while his outstanding staying kennelmate Dyna Weslyn will be all the rage to annex the NZ Nationals Distance decider. The winner of both of those races will then represent New Zealand when they head over to Perth to contest the A$75,000 to the winner Australian Nationals finals over the middle distance and distance trips on August 24.


Dyna Dave concluded an outstanding 2018/19 racing season with his Amazing Chase victory. His successes throughout the season now sees his career stake earnings sitting at $168,872, the result of 33 wins and 22 minor placings from his 69 race day outings.   




(From top left): Representatives from both Greyhound Racing New South Wales and Greyhound Racing Victoria attended the Amazing Chase event. New South Wales CEO Tony Mestrov (center) presented the Golden Muzzle trophy to Craig Roberts won by Dyna Dave that all match race winners received: It was a family affair with son Matt attending with She’s For Us; Greyhound Racing Victoria CEO Alan Clayton presented Steve Clark with the Golden Muzzle won by Pinny Mack; the GRV Deputy Chairperson Peita Duncan made the Golden Muzzle presentation to Peter Ferguson after Robson won his match race with handler Jamie Pruden attending; Greyhound Racing NZ presented handler Courtney Turnwald with the Golden Muzzle won by Nature’s Gent seen here with Head of Racing Greg Kerr and GRNZ Chairman Sean Hannan, who then decorated Dyna Dave with his Amazing Chase dress rug; it was an ecstatic family podium shot with the Amazing chase winner Dyna Dave      


By Peter Fenemor



Posted on 30/07/2019 12:56:51 PM

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