Deserved First Group Race Training Win

The final Group race for the 2018/19 greyhound season saw a well-deserved break through training success for Canterbury trainer Janine McCook when she prepared Shaw Lee for his victory in Tuesday’s $16,000 Far South Challenge at Ascot Park. Last Sunday Emgrand Park strode to an effortless win in the $10,000 KidsCan Amazing Chase Feature at the Addington Raceway.


Pictured: Shaw Lee delivering his Tuesday Far South Challenge Group 2 win – pic Dave Robbie


Janine McCook started training on her own account this season and she has enjoyed a fair amount of success completing the season having mentored the winner of 99 races. It was her 98th winner for the season that counted the most.


McCook had chased Group races with her competitive greyhound Shaw Lee throughout the country during the season. That included North Island appearances in Group race heats at the Manukau Stadium, along with contesting Cambridge and Manawatu Raceway heats.


Shaw Lee finally secured a start in a Group race final when he delivered his 26.29s 457m heat win for the Group 2 $16,000 Far South Challenge which was contested on the world’s southernmost located greyhound track at Ascot Park.


It was a bleak southern winter Tuesday afternoon when Shaw Lee was paraded to the 457m traps wearing the pink racing vest. The wintry conditions certainly wasn’t conductive to fast race times.


Shaw Lee was sighted in the midfield when the field was released from the 457m traps. It was the locally Brett Connor prepared C2 graded first reserve Black Bobby who broke the line to set the initial pace, Pouncing around the outer to quickly take over the pace making duties to lead them into the big, sweeping turn was Shaw Lee.


Meanwhile back in the field a couple of the more favoured contenders Go Brat from the Dave and Jean Fahey kennels and the Craig Roberts trained Dyna Varsity found themselves tangled up in early traffic.


Shaw Lee turned for home holding a margin over his rivals and that margin was sufficient for him to boldly hold for his stylish Group 2 race victory clocking 26.34s with his time being more of a reflection of the poor weather conditions.


Go Brat got himself into clear racing air and he finished strongly to claim the second prize when closing to within three quarters of a length of the winner. The consistent John McInerney trained Ascot Park 457m chaser Must Be Rusty finished stoutly and he was rewarded with the third placing another half length behind. There was a further length back to the fourth placed Dyna Varsity.    


Shaw Lee’s win also meant that he was the first New Zealand bred greyhound to finish in this Group 2 event, therefore securing the Breeders’ bonus payment for this May 2017 whelped son of Clone Your Own and Emma Rose that was attached to this race. Shaw Lee concluded the 2018/19 racing season as the winner of ten of his 29 race day outings. He placed in a further five races which sees his career stake earnings sitting at $21,984 for his owner Jackson Shaw.


“We were rapt to be in the race and over the moon to win it. Yes, we chased some Group races up north with him as we think highly of him. I guess you can say that perseverance has paid off in the end. We were concerned about the weather conditions and the effect it might have had on the track – I guess it didn’t matter.  


“It was vital that he got down to the rail (from trap 8) and as soon as he used his pace and crossed and then hitting the accelerator which was the winning of the race. It was exciting watching him and I held by breath until the line as Go Brat was finishing strongly. I was in the Addington stables while kenneling our greyhound watching the race with Andy (husband) – I was jumping for joy,” advised McCook.


“Jackson had Emma Rose who was a maiden bitch. We looked at using her with Droopys Marco but he wasn’t available so we spoke to Alison (Lee) about using his son Clone Your Own. Jackson was actually a member of Clone Your Owns fan club (Group race Melbourne winner) and the mating clicked. Jackson put his faith into it and it has come up a winner. Shaw Lee came through the race brilliantly and we will take him along quietly,” she added.


A winner at Addington later on took the kennel winners for the season to 99, however they weren’t able to crack the 100 wins barrier, which certainly didn’t faze McCook, as she explains.


“We were stoked getting to 99 winners, especially when we thought 90 would be great. Actually there was over a hundred winners trained on the property when you add in Corey’s (Steele) greyhounds. We only have a small team. We are lucky that we have great owners and helpers. Corey puts in the hard yards and together with him and Andy, plus his mum Lorraine means we have an efficient team here.”     




Shaw Lee’s owner Jackson Shaw is joined by Corey Steele; Flanking the Far South Challenge winner is runner up Go Brat with Brendon Burke, while John McInerney brought back his third place chaser Must Be Rusty - pics supplied by Dave Robbie – – 021 607 869 for all your South Island race photos


Emgrand Park cruises to Effortless KidsCan Amazing Chase Feature win


Emgrand Park was in absolute cruise control when he carried the stripe racing vest to victory in Sunday’s running of the $10,000 KidsCan Amazing Chase Feature event over 520m, which was open to greyhounds who has posted an Amazing Chase qualifying time at any of the three venues used.


The Angela Turnwald prepared greyhound was in freewheeling mode when he dashed to his victory clocking 30 seconds even. He held a commanding 11.75 length margin over his rivals at the judge, which was admittedly inflated by a number of his rivals being caught up in a first turn melee. Sailor Allen led the vain chase after the tear away pacemaker for his conditioner Craig Roberts and he held a 1.25 length advantage over the winner’s kennelmate Diddilee who was the next to arrive.


It was Emgrand Park’s second New Zealand win since he crossed the ditch, with his first win coming in a heat of the recent Group 2 Barron’s South Island Champs at the same venue. He is likely to make his presence felt in looming feature race events.


Opawa Hilary has stamped herself as an emerging stayer in her recent bold Addington 732m efforts, which included finishing second to the outstanding stayer Dyna Weslyn in her recent 732m assignments.    


On Sunday she seized the race lead when exiting from the five trap and she defied her rivals to run her down – they couldn’t. The Dave and Jean Fahey prepared stayer maintained a strong gallop all the way and managed to fend off the strong late challenge that was thrown at her by the race favourite Perfect Result when clocking 43.07s for her gallop.


Prefect Result had to negotiate traffic when attempting to improve and he powered home when coming up a neck short for his mentor Ray Adcock. The winners’ kennelmate Von Strass had gamely chased the pacemaker she stuck to her task when claiming third 2.5 lengths further astern.


The feature open class 295m Re-Energize Dash saw the Dave and Jean Fahey prepared sharp sprinter Sheza Rippa being loaded away into the one trap as the hot $1.40 favourite. She fairly pinged away at trap rise and she gave her army of supporters no cause for concern at any stage as she cruised to her effortless 17.04s win and in doing so she made it seven wins from as many races when carrying the red racing vest.


Beck Eleven was bold in the manner that she chased after the pacemaker for her trainer Lisa Waretini and her effort saw her claiming the second possie 2.75 lengths behind. It was real eye catching sprint that the northern Jared Udy and Denise Cottam prepared Buddy Boom produced for his track debut third placing another length behind. He looked completely lost when rounding the turn and he impressed with his strong recovery.


Sheza Rippa has now contested 48 races which has yielded her with 29 wins. She has placed in just four races and her career stakes level now sits at $59,156 for her new owner Jean Fahey who has breeding plans in store for her later on.




(From to left): Emgrand Park is lonely at the business end of his KidsCan Amazing Chase Feature win (pic Dave Robbie); undertaking the handling duties for Emgrand Park was Courtney Turnwald; Anthony Tregurtha brought back Opawa Hilary who was the deserved of the 732m My Bro Fabio Distance; maintaining her unbeaten trap one record was the sharp sprinter Sheza Rippa who is seen here with Sarah Tregurtha, handler Katie Wylie and co-trainer and owner Jean Fahey; all Amazing Chase match race winners received a Golden Muzzle; there was a huge number of retired greyhounds who occupied the Addington grandstand with their respective adopted families   


By Peter Fenemor


Posted on 1/08/2019 9:46:32 AM

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